Next intake date

September 16, 2024
To engage, educate and equip 14 - 24 year olds with skills that motivate them to become more included in mainstream society. To serve as part of each learner's Individual Learning Plan agreed with the referring organisation.


Course Aims & Objectives

Karts is our ENTRY programme.  Please take a look at a selection of photographs of our students in action by clicking here.

Learners are identified and referred by local agencies as at high risk of either exclusion from school, unemployment  or committing crime.

This is used as our Engagement Programme on our Theory of Change model.

Our aims are:-

  • To engage, educate and equip 14 – 24 year olds with skills that motivate them to become more included in mainstream society.
  • To serve as part of each learner’s Individual Learning Plan agreed with the referring organisation.

Upon completion of this course learners will be able to demonstrate:-

  • Minimum of 80% attendance and completion rates.
  • Basic skills in kart assembly.
  • Improved life and social skills.
  • A basic awareness of road safety.
  • A sense of achievement.
  • Improved behaviours on returning to referring organisation.
  • Reduction in criminal activity (if appropriate).



  • “Great staff who take an interest in me”
  • “Helpful and I love working on the vehicles”
  • “never knew I could do it”
  • “Great fun and really learned a lot”



  • “well managed, well organised and get plenty of good feedback from Wheels and our students”
  • “Easy to access and plenty of options”
  • “Don’t have to commit lots of money all at once”
  • “Made a fantastic difference to the self-confidence of our students which has helped them engage with what we’re offering back at school”
  • “An excellent resource which has good policies and practices and offers a safe environment for our students”
  • “always looking to help us”
  • “Experts at working with our students”



  • “A wonderful environment in which to enable their students to develop skills for work and skills for life”
  • “Somewhere that provides the care and attention needed by these students”
  • “a brilliant place to learn safely about work, friendship and helping others”
  • ‘ gives great value for money’


  • Transport of learners to The Wheels Project is not provided.
  • The Karting session is held at a Local British Karting Approved Centre in week 6.
  • A learner's participation in this driving event is at the discretion of the Wheels' Supervisors - any learner whose behaviour is considered to be too risky on the grounds of safety, or who has missed unauthorized sessions, will not qualify to take part.

An integrated learning facility combining Health and Safety and basic mechanical theory with the disassembly, painting and assembly of an indoor kart.


A modern, fully equipped motor vehicle workshop and classrooms.

Two karts will be provided by the Project for construction by the students.

Overalls, gloves, safety boots, goggles, all safety equipment as required by law – all provided by The Wheels Project

1 x 2 ½ hour session a week for 6 weeks.

Week 1


  • Content and Structure
    Workshop Supervisors – 30 mins
  • Completion of Personnel Monitoring forms by students
    Workshop Supervisors/ Teacher or Youth Worker – 45 mins
  • Health & Safety
    Workshop Supervisors – 60 mins
  • Break
    15 mins

Weeks 2-5

  • Kart disassembly, frame preparation and assembly
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Introduction to safe working practices
  • Completion of End of Course Evaluation Forms by Wheels staff, students and key worker to measure any transformations observed
  • Tidy up
  • Break
    15 mins

Week 6

  • Indoor Karting at TeamSport – Arrive and Drive Event during normal session times.



  • The karting event will take place during the final session of the course at TeamSport, Third Way, Avonmouth, Bristol (Tel: 08444 109 109).  This will normally be an exclusive event for your group.
  • All learners who complete the course may (see the next three points) be eligible to participate in a karting event at TeamSport.  To comply with TeamSport’s rules and regulations learners must be aged 14 on the day in order to take part in the race laps. Those who are under 14 will be able, instead, to take part in timed lap sessions.
  • Wheels’ Supervisors have the discretion to bar a learner from attending the karting session, on the grounds of safety, if that learner’s behaviour throughout the course has caused sufficient concern.  The learner will be informed of this decision during the final session at Wheels prior to karting.
  • A learner will be excluded from the karting session if he/she has been absent for more than two sessions.
  • A learner will not be able to attend the karting event if he/she has not returned the signed parent/guardian consent form (given out during the first session at Wheels) by the week before karting at the latest.
  • Two members of staff  must be present at the karting session.  At least one will be a member of the Wheels Project staff, the other maybe a Key Worker from the referring organisation.
  • One member of staff accompanying a group will be able to take part in the karting, provided there are at least two members of staff present.


  • No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed and anyone suspected of being under the influence will be excluded for that session.
  • Students who repeatedly break the rules agreed in week 1 will be warned by our Supervisors, their referring supervisor notified and may be excluded from the group permanently if that behaviour continues.
  • Violent behaviour will result in immediate removal from the course.
  • Students will be warned against bullying behaviour and will be removed from the course if this behaviour persists.


Transport of students is not guaranteed to be provided by the The Wheels Project.

In-house Bronze certificate of completion.

  • Groups will be pre-formed by the referring organisation.
  • Group size is restricted to a maximum of 8 students.
  • Wheels does not have more than one group at its centre at any one time.
  • New Learners can start up to week 2 but not after.
  • A Risk Assessment on pupils must be completed by Key Workers before start of course – those with history of violent behaviour are excluded from Wheels programmes.
  • Students and referring agents must each complete an Evidence of Need questionnaire supplied by The Wheels Project before joining

Students’ behaviour should be causing concern to group leaders and exhibit at least three of the following factors:

  • Aged between 14 – 24 years
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Poor educational record
  • Truanting
  • Exclusion from school
  • History in substance mis-use but not in the past 6 months
  • Criminal record

The Wheels Project Ltd
31-32 Bonville Road
Bristol BS4 5QH

Tel: 0117 971 1711
Contact: David Glossop, General Manager

  • 2 Workshop Supervisors from The Wheels Project
  • 1 Teacher/Key Worker from referring group (recommended)

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