Could you be a donor? Brighton teachers want old bodies – and engines too

Posted On 17 Aug 2011 at 11:42 am

Teachers in Brighton are asking for people to donate their old bodies to mechanical science.

Staff at City College Brighton and Hove have issued a plea for unwanted cars to help their new intake of student mechanics.

Two hundred youngsters will start learning at a brand new £800,000 state-of-the-art motor vehicle training area next month.

The new training space will open in September with a number of cars for students to practise with.

But more are needed – especially smaller cars which are lighter and easier to move.

Staff at the campus in Wilson Avenue, Whitehawk, are particularly keen to work with

  • Ford Escorts
  • Ford Fiestas
  • Peugeot 306
  • Peugeot 106
  • Volkswagen Golf Polo
  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • Fiat Puntos

Course leader Steve Philliben said that any vehicle that could help in lessons would be considered.

The cars won´t be going on the road – they are just for workshop practice.

He said: “We’ve got around 200 students joining us in September and although we’ve got a variety of vehicles they can practice on, we could really do with some more cars for a facility this size.

“Anyone who is kind enough to donate an old car can feel that they’re contributing to the education of young people and also helping the college to train a skilled workforce for Brighton and Hove.”

The new workshop can hold 11 cars and is twice as big as the old workshop.

City College, recently rated as good with outstanding qualities by the independent official watchdog Ofsted, said that the workshop was part of an overall drive to raise standards in teaching and learning.

It has been designed to meet the needs of the modern-day service technician.

It offers MoT-standard equipment such as a brake roller tester, rolling road dynamometer, tyre and engine bays, five ramps, modern IT facilities and an external valeting area.

Anyone who wants to donate a car to the students should call City College’s Motor Vehicle Department on 01273 667788 ext 615 or email

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