Apr 10 2006

Phil’s drive to develop motor skills

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Phil Moodie teaches young people about the fun and dangers of driving. And at the same time the man who likes to call himself Mr Motivator develops his students’ personal, communication and social skills, while also helping their numeracy and literacy abilities.

Phil Moodie of Motorvate.

Mr Moodie used to organise and run motor vehicle courses but wanted to work more with young people. Three years ago he launched Motorvate UK, a contender for the Coventry & Warwickshire Connexions and the Education Business Consortium-sponsored Evening Telegraph Investing in Young People award.

Motorvate, based in Upper Spon Street in the city centre, specialises in structured motor vehicle educational training courses. They can run anywhere in the country over a number of weeks, and pupils get a nationally-recognised certificate of education in motor vehicle and road user studies.

Mr Moodie said: “We believe we can use cars to bring in different areas of education and help young people develop life skills.”

“We start off by using more of a graphic representation of numeracy and literacy skills to get the young people interested. And we are improving their social skills as well because they have to work together in groups.” Besides going into schools to talk to youngsters who may be on the point of exclusion, Motorvate UK offers courses which can be custom made for the organisation involved, be it a police force, the fire service or the Youth Offending Service.

They cover, among other things, the motor industry, communication and relationship, numeric and literacy development, driving theory and road safety, practical driving, knowledge of the law and the. impact of crime. Many of the courses are run at Gaydon Motor Heritage Museum, Coventry Transport Museum and Hereward College, where students have physical and behavioural special needs. Mr Moodie said: “We have had people on the courses who have been involved in car crime and afterwards have said they won’t do it again. “We can only hope that they keep their word. “What we do know is that in areas where we have’ run courses, the amount of car crime and number of accidents involving young drivers has decreased.”

Mr Moodie was also delighted that the Heart of England organisation has just awarded his firm a £10,000 grant, with money from the European Social Fund, to help it conduct courses with people who are deaf or of partially hearing.

Published in the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 10 April 2006.
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