The road ahead for Open Road

2020 looks like being another big year for Open Road West Norfolk.

The team is expanding with two new fappointments imminent and the trustee steering group is looking to make new appointments too.

With the expert help of Snap-On Diagnostics and Equipment and the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the charity has taken delivery of a John Bean V3400 wheel alignment system turning the charity’s workshops into the most up-to-date and hitech mechanical engineering training facilitiy imaginable.

Couple to that the introduction of construction industry training and one can see how Open Road is building a far better future for so many people. 

As for the charity’s aspirations for 2020, Trustee Terry Smith suggested it will be business as usual with the wellbeing, training and development of young people central to all activities.

He said: “We aim to offer vulnerable young people in the West Norfolk area the opportunity to remain engaged with education and training, to earn industry recognised qualifications in both Motor Vehicle and Construction Industries so that their life chances are improved.

Open Road has capacity for 160 trainee placements and we’d like to see every available training space used to maximise the impact we have on as many young people as possible in our community.”

Young people between 14 and 16 are referred to Open Road by schools, alternative education providers, and other care and support agencies.

Young people over 16 who are not in education, employment or training, can self refer for placement via the Open Road Bursary Fund.