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The Blair Project is a trailblazing social enterprise based in Manchester which taps into the climate change activism of urban youth, by providing opportunities for them to participate in the green tech revolution through building, racing and accelerating innovations in electric go karts. We are the only organisation in the UK doing this.

Founded in 2014, The Blair Project is the story of two Black teenagers Nile and Blair Henry, who set out to challenge the elitism of motorsport and make the sport greener, more affordable, accessible and inclusive for everyone. The inspirational brothers had to overcome tremendous barriers and disappointments along the way. It taught them to be resilient, resourceful and persistent

Our mission is to empower marginalised young people to become the army of innovators, technicians and engineers needed to drive rapid technological advances in low carbon technologies to save the planet.

Through our ProtoEV STEM Challenge, youth teams (13 -19) learn how to convert used petrol go karts into adrenaline-pumping e-karts, which they get to test, race and experiment with advanced technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, and graphene battery technologies to improve vehicle performance, efficiency and range. The retrofitting of petrol and diesel vehicles using renewable energy technologies will be critical for reducing global carbon emissions by 2040 – or sooner!

Working alongside industry partners working at the cutting edge of innovations, ProtoEV also leverages the world class research expertise of our North West universities to create smooth pathways for  participants to progress into apprenticeships, jobs or further or higher education.

In the first initiative of its kind, we’ve teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University’s Fuel Cell Innovation Centre as part of their HySchool programme to incorporate hydrogen fuel cell education into our vocational skills training programmes.

FUTURE STEM WORKFORCE

Our mission is to use the power of hydrogen karting to engage, enthuse and inspire more young people to pursue careers as technicians, engineers, scientists and innovators in green technologies so we can accelerate the pace of change. Diversity in STEM is one of our highest priorities.

We believe in the power and importance of clean transport to reduce the impact of climate change. We have a shared responsibility to our planet and each other to speed up the shift to low carbon technologies. That’s why we’re collaborating with international partners in China and the USA as part of a new bold global remit to play our part in leading the world to zero carbon.

SPONSOR A PROTOEV TEAM

If you’re a like minded company, organisation or change maker who is passionate about decarbonisation as well as developing a diverse pipeline of talent for emerging technologies, we welcome you to get involved.

PROJECTS

What We Do

ProtoEV Challenge

We challenge schools and colleges to turn used petrol go-karts into high powered electric racing vehicles – and have FUN doing it.

ProtoEV EdTech

The application of video gaming technologies to teach STEM subjects in a way that engages young learners.

Go Hydrogen

Your regular channel on the hydrogen energy revolution, a key enabler for a cleaner, greener low carbon future.

Consultancy

Specialist research, report writing and advisory services in Digital Manufacturing Technologies.
“No one person can create success on their own- It takes a winning team and helping hands.”

– Nile Henry, Chief Executive Officer

Turbo Charging Aspirations, Attainment And Achievement

We are providers of alternative vocational and technical training in digital manufacturing & new energy technologies. We work with young people in a way that recognizes and builds on their strengths and potential, and boosts their educational achievement and attainment. We help them transition into jobs, apprenticeships as well as further/higher education.

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Innovation

Bridging The Skills Gap

ProtoEV aims to ensure that young people, and their parents and teachers have a full understanding of the numerous job and apprenticeship opportunities that need to be filled in the engineering and technology sectors.

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A Leader In The Industry

We are at the forefront of plans to create a new advanced manufacturing hub in the Manchester City Region to accelerate the adoption and deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies by manufacturing SMEs. Innovate UK funded the feasibility study.

The Team

Nile Henry

Nile Henry

Chief Executive Officer

STEM Ambassador

Inspirational founder and CEO – the young man with the vision!

Skilled in Additive Manufacturing, Computer- Aided Design (CAD) & Cyber Security

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

Director Of Operations

STEM Ambassador 

Award-winning serial entrepreneur, international trade & innovation specialist working in the area of advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and zero emission vehicle technologies.

Blair Henry

Blair Henry

Motorsport Manager

STEM Ambassador

Former kart racer turned test driver, assisting the R&D and engineering team with e-kart development and set up.

Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason

Director

An award winning and highly skilled former BBC Producer/Director with extensive television and corporate credits spanning sports, documentaries and factual entertainment.
Helen Bashford Malkie

Helen Bashford Malkie

Chairman of ProtoEV

Over 40 years high level automotive and motorsport industry experience in full vehicle development programmes involving all aspects of automotive engineering from concept to completion.

Prof John Perkins CBE

Prof John Perkins CBE

Strategic Adviser

Former Scientific Adviser to UK Government and the author of the highly respected Perkins Review of Engineering Skills published in November 2013.

 

 

 

Barry Kennedy

Barry Kennedy

Scrutineering Lead

National Motorsport UK scrutineer for both cars and karts, with over 50 years engineering experience, including automotive and the nuclear industry research and development.

Lisa Maynard Atem

Lisa Maynard Atem

Luxury Brand Expert

An accomplished Social Media Strategist that has worked for luxury brands including CHANEL, Louis Vuitton and GUCCI gained at London’s most famous department store, Harrods.

 

 

 

Testimonials

A team of KS4 students at Newbridge learning community recently participated in the Proto GP (Blair project), with amazing success. They were given a unique and ground breaking opportunity to participate in this highly engaging, motivating and cutting edge STEM initiative. As a result they were the first in the UK to pilot designing, making and trialling a Go-Kart using 3D printing techniques. The impact on their self-esteem, confidence and perseverance to complete tasks has been extremely positive. It has without doubt broadened their horizons in terms of future career prospects that they previously would not have considered possible. I cannot speak more highly of the Project and the team who run it and have no hesitation in recommending it as a brilliant scheme in reaching young people who may not have had the privileges that are afforded to others.
Elaine Kurcharski

Headteacher

This project is proof positive that you can do anything you put your mind to. We have been watching Blair and his team up close for the last two years and backed by his tireless family team, this is a career for Blair which has much further to travel. We are very proud to be involved.
Trevor Barton

Trustee, Trust In Leigh

Most of my teachers have already said that my grades have started going up since I started this project. They’ve started saying that I pay more attention in class and start actually helping others, because normally I would just sit back and relax, whereas now they’ve noticed a difference. I never imagined myself having a future, I just thought nothing of life, I didn’t have any ambitions, I didn’t have any goals, I had no purpose to be honest. But everything’s changed, I’m happier, I set myself goals and I want to achieve the most I can, the best I can and the quickest I can.
Lewis

Student, Bedford High School

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