The Blair Project is a social enterprise which uses motorsport as a tool to engage and enthuse young people to pursue jobs or apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and maths. The Proto-GP Schools Challenge allows school children in Wigan & Leigh with special learning needs to become the first in the country to computer design and build their own race karts using new 3D Printing and digital manufacturing technologies to boost their career prospects.
In addition to learning digital manufacture and design skills, the teams will also get to test and race their karts at Three Sisters Racing Circuit in Ashton-in-Makerfield, supported by student mechanics and engineers from Wigan & Leigh College and Fix It UK. The pupils receive locally relevant careers information, guidance and advice to help them progress into employment, apprenticeships or further education.
The focus of the project is to unlock the hidden talents and potential of children and young people who have special educational needs or learning disabilities or who are at risk of under-achievement, and help them overcome the challenges they face in entering, or preparing to enter the local labour market.