Motorcyclists racing

Budding mechanics at our Anderson School in Essex are set to get a career-boost from a leading British Superbike Championship team this week (13 June).

OMG Racing are set to visit with one of their Suzuki racing bikes and run a mechanics masterclass too. The team will also donate a tool kit worth several thousand pounds to help students hone their skills.

We hope the visit will inspire students who have an interest in mechanics and encourage them to go into a career in this field. Longer-term, our school is hoping to launch a formal programme aimed at helping students achieve qualifications in mechanics, apprenticeships and, ultimately, employment.

The link-up with OMG Racing came about through David Howard, the school faculty leader, who was a motorcycle racer in the 1980s and is still involved as a technical official at British and World Championship level racing. When the teams he works with heard about his job at the school, they offered to help in any way they could. WD40 Kawasaki and MSVR Racing have also given support to the school in the past.

 

Black and white photo of a motorcyclist

David Howard in the 1980s

 

OMG Racing have also arranged for a group of our students to attend the British Championship event at Brands Hatch on Friday 14 June. They will be able to watch the teams practice for the race, meet the riders and mechanics, visit the team's garage on pit lane and even get a chance to visit the race control tower.

Gary Simm, Principal of the National Autistic Society's Anderson School, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get a taste for what a career in mechanics could be like.

“We're grateful to OMG Racing and Alan Gardner for making it happen – and to all the other teams and individuals who have donated equipment to us in the past two years. Their generosity is incredible - giving without any expectation of anything in return.

"We have high ambitions for all our students. We are trying to find as many opportunities as possible for them to explore future career choices and gain experience in a safe and known environment. Creating links with industry is central to this.

It's shocking that so few autistic people are in employment. At our school, we want to be part of the solution and I’m delighted we have brilliant staff like our Faculty Leader David, who make this happen.

Alan Gardner, from OMG Racing, said: “We’re very pleased to continue to support the inspiring work carried out by the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School, and to help their students to enjoy a hands-on practical work-based day where they can learn more about how our machines work and the skills needed to maintain them.

“Increasing accessibility to the workplace and to our sport is high on our agenda as a team, and when you experience the thrill of the British Superbike series. At OMG we are one big family, with our riders, mechanics and fans. We’re delighted to welcome students from the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School as part of that family.”

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