Project Medusa has teamed up with the Co-op Academy Bebington to open its first motor vehicle workshop for students.
The workshop, funded through the Project Medusa, has been established to offer some students the chance to complete vocational and apprenticeship courses, keeping them in full-time education, working towards the goal of employment.
Mayor Cllr Jeff Green cut the ribbon following a tour of the workshop during which he demonstrated more than a little knowledge of the workings of the internal combustion engine; the pupils present looked impressed with his expertise!
Project Medusa is a Merseyside-led initiative set up to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation.
Detective Superintendent Andy O’Connor said, “We recognise there is more than one way of tackling serious and organised crime and alongside enforcement, partnership work and education is key.
“We are proud to partner with the Coop Academy Bebington to offer these young people a structured and accredited option to learn a skill that could lead to full-time employment.”
He added, “We want to be able to give young people the chance to get a qualification, but also the opportunity to gain some self-esteem and in some cases, give them the chance to make a different decision in their lives, which we hope will lead them along a better path.”