Mechanic students learning old tricks
A spanner in one hand and grease gun in the other - Community College students are proving their worth at the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum.
Students have spent each Friday at the museum restoring old machinery, with the aim of developing skills for the workforce.
Tutor Mark Wheatley said the concept was helping the students get ahead. It has taught them techniques, as well as literacy and numeracy, which they might have struggled to understand from a classroom environment, he said.
"It's about team-building and stuff like that, instead of sitting in a classroom. I don't sit and chat with them about it, I say 'just do it'."
Mr Wheatley, formerly of England, was head of the engineering department at Midcheshire College. He started his career at Volkswagen before moving to Rolls Royce Bentley in Crewe, Cheshire.
Now he is passing on his love of cars and machinery to nine of his students, guiding them through their projects from start to finish.
Those projects have included engine builds, stripping machinery and restoration.
They also research the machinery's history, including where it was made and the company which made it.
The group has an endless supply of project options, all of which are lined up in one of the museum's sheds waiting for some care and attention.
So far the students have restored a couple of rotary hoes and a water pump.
Museum secretary Max Millar said their efforts had helped "immensely" because they were projects members would not have got around to for "a long time".
The items were donated to the museum about four years ago, and during that time had never been in working order - until now, he said.
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