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Member Spotlight - OnTrak

Member Spotlight - OnTrak

30 July 2015

This month we paid a visit to IGA member OnTrak Community Initiative Garage in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

OnTrak Community Initiative Garage has been established business for over 3 years and was awarded charitable status in July 2013 (Charity number 1153311).

OnTrak offer a wide range of services to the local community including Classic Car restoration, a Go-Karting track with the karts built as part of the community initiative and a customer focussed garage offering car servicing and repairs, tyres and steering alignment, body shop facility as well as air conditioning services.

Their aim is to improve the quality of life for children and young people in the district by working with schools, colleges and the local community, running a variety of activities, ranging from bicycle construction, kart maintenance, vehicle restoration, and vehicle technical skills.

The group of youngsters they deal with range from Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Youth Clubs and Voluntary Organisations. They also work with a number of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people with a 90% success rate.

Since OnTrak started in 2012 hundreds of young people’s lives have been changed for the better, achieving their philosophy of getting youngsters into work, fitting into society and becoming worthwhile members of the community, also going past the cultural lines and breaking the barriers.

OnTrak is rare as it is a not-for-profit garage, which uses its revenue generated through the garage to help and support young people in the local community.

They offer different training opportunities and qualifications which run for 12 weeks offering up to Level 1 in Vehicle Mechanics, accredited by NOCN. The students learn the art of mechanics in a working garage environment using a full range of tools and equipment.

The work includes being involved with the MOT inspections, working on various vehicle systems, tyre fitting bay, engines and diagnostics and a full range of vehicle servicing, at all times fully guided and supervised by a trained technician.

The students also cover classic car restoration, go kart stripping and rebuilding, driving skills and a whole range of soft skills.

If you would like to find out more about OnTrak or even get involved, visit their website at www.ontrak-karting.co.uk.

If you have an interesting story you’d like to share with other members, such as taking on a unique job, helping the local community, a proud achievement or anything else, call our member helpline on 0845 305 4230 or email us at enquiries@rmif.co.uk, and you could be featured next month.