The Technical program involves a number of modules of basic skills learning including vehicle mechanics, workshop tools and welding, and fundamentals of building. Each component involves an initial week-long learning module under the guidance of relevant experts. This is then backed up by practical experience gained during the projects phase of the course.
Where practical students will combine their technical knowledge with other skills giving them a realistic understanding of how these skills can be useful in life. For example, a building project will involve the planning, designing, costing, hands-on building and project management aspect of the construction. In orienteering excercises we frequently incorporate vehicle trouble-shooting scenarios, training an attitude of "making a plan" when under duress and physically stressed.
The technical program provides that critical sense of competence that is so important in young men - the knowledge that they have done some stuff and they can make a plan if in a squeeze.