Although predominantly a male environment, Motor Vehicle has recently proved a popular choice for our female learners, who are not only proving they’re more than capable of tackling the manual tasks but are showing the boys they can do it better.
Matthew Holness, Programme Leader for Motor Vehicle at the Grimsby Institute, explained why the girls seem to be just as good as, and in some cases, more successful than the boys. Matt said:
“The girls are really coming on strong in this area and I believe that’s possibly due to the current car culture within the town. Many young lads modify and tune vehicles and the girls in their lives are now playing a big part in this.
“I think these girls also seem to be more naturally focused on completing work in a timely manner, and paying great attention to the details, usually producing work to a high standard. Pardon the pun but the girls are really motoring ahead in the industry.”
We spoke to some of the girls, who are all training for a Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification, to find out why they’ve picked Motor Vehicle for their chosen careers.
Abbie Bryant,16, said: “I wanted to train in Motor Vehicle because it’s something I’ve been doing since I was twelve years old. I want to follow in my dad and brother’s footsteps. My dad used to take part in rallying and now I race myself. I’ve just started grass-tracking at Scunthorpe and I want to go into a career where I’m working with cars.”
Claudia Routledge, 20, added: “It’s always stereotyped that Motor Vehicle is a man’s job. But I think more people are becoming lenient when it comes to realising that women can do everything that men can do. Women are proving that they can do so much more than just being at home in the kitchen.”
Summer Jones, 16, explained why training in Motor Vehicle isn’t as daunting as she first expected: “I really like the environment here. Some people might think that because it’s a male environment that we’re going to be treated differently, but we’re not – we just fit in. I’ve noticed a lot of lads asking me why I like being in this environment but I just enjoy it and it’s a fun environment and everyone is really friendly. I want to set up my own garage when I finish.”
Rachel Shortland, 17, told us why how she thought the course was going to prove useful. Rachel said: “I came to the Institute for my own benefit when I get my own car. If I’m going to buy a second-hand car I’ll know how to do everything that needs doing to it.
“We take part in work experience, sorting the stores out and working on cars. Then we’re given tasks and assignments like fuel injection and refitting lights.
“I’d rather do that and then I can help my family out. I just think I have such a good bond with everyone in my lessons and everyone is treated equally.”
Zeina Besson, 28, who has found a passion for helping others through the course, said: “I hope to one day become a Motor Vehicle tutor at the Institute. We live in an equal world now and women have just as many rights; whether that’s in the workshop or outside.
“With me being the oldest in my group I think the others see me as a bit of a mum. It sometimes feels like I have sixteen boys to look after. It’s just brilliant and I really enjoy it. It gives you a warm feeling to help other people. I’m now doing my Level 2 Maths and English and when I finish I want to do a teaching course.”
We also spoke to two of the female Level 1 learners, Alisha Gill and Demi Thurlow. 16-year old Alisha said: “I want to become a fully-qualified car mechanic and open my own garage. We really have a great laugh and it’s a nice environment to train in. Whenever you need help you can just ask for just for it and you’ll get it.”
Demi Thurlow, also 16, added: “I really want to open my own garage and promote alternative types of vehicles. It’s actually a peaceful environment even though it’s always busy.”