Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation Wolverhampton College Awards

The careers of motor vehicle technicians of the future have been given a kick-start thanks to the support of a national foundation set up by millionaire Midlands advertising executive Trevor Beattie in memory of his parents.

Eight students studying for motor vehicle qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College have received bursaries and equipment from The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation.

The foundation was launched by Trevor in 2011 with the aim of supporting individuals and charities to achieve their ambitions.

Four students who completed a full-time motor vehicle course at the college this year – and are progressing to the next level of qualifications from September – received bursaries to cover the £629 costs of their course from the foundation.

And a further four students who completed Level 3 qualifications in vehicle refinishing, service and repair and are now moving into jobs in the industry each received a Snap-on Tools toolkit worth £250.

Trevor said: “My dad moved to England from Ireland in the 1940s with just his toolkit and his skills as a motor mechanic. He took those skills, built a business and raised a family.

“He took great pride in his work, and encouraged me and my siblings to do likewise, and awarding these bursaries and supporting the students to achieve their qualifications and work in the industry will help complete the circle that he started all those years ago – we think he would be very proud indeed.”

Andy Lee, curriculum manager for motor vehicle and engineering at the college, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the foundation which will enable our progressing learners to continue to study without the added pressure of financial burden, and our departing students to start their careers equipped with industry-standard tools.”

The bursaries and equipment were presented by Trevor and his brother Paul at the college’s annual Student Celebration event at Wolverhampton Racecourse on July 16.

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