How a bump in the bottom may ‘bluecycle’ to help college trainees

Cars which have been damaged at the rear, and written off by insurers, are being used to help college students train to be mechanics, under a recycling scheme called bluecycling.

There is already a skills shortage around the country – about 11,000 mechanics vacancies exist currently – with 120,000 people needed, in all disciplines, across the industry over the next decade.

Their training needs to involve the latest technological advances and so cars registered less than five years ago are being used by colleges and ‘Snap-on’ to accumulate skillmiles.

Steve Hunsley, curriculum manager at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher, one of the ten pilot centres participating in the initiative, said: "Being part of this scheme means our students benefit from having current vehicles and electronic equipment in a classroom environment.

"Our continued involvement continues to drive up the standard of technicians available to our local employers."

The crashed cars are changed every six months to ensure that the students get experience of a wide variety of vehicles.


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  1. Just to clarify, the scheme is not actually named “bluecyclingâ€?, although it does have the involvement of bluecycle – the UK’s largest online marketplace for salvage. We are part of the group, alongside Snap-On Diagnostics and the Institute of the Motor Industry, sponsoring the scheme and supplying the written-off vehicles to the colleges.

    Similar to Snap-On Diagnostics, we are keen to support training and development in the industry.

    James Russell
    Managing Director – bluecycle