Active Learning Support Limited (ALS) was formed in 2010 with the aim of developing educational programmes using radio controlled vehicles to introduce learners to the world of engineering. Alan Leighton, the founder of ALS, is an experienced radio car racer who believed that radio controlled vehicles could be used as the perfect mechanism to interact with students whilst introducing them to the world of engineering - an industry at the centre of the British economy and with future employability options. Over the past few years ALS have worked with OCN WMR to develop its own qualifications and have recently been awarded Centre Status. Their work with Greenpower, an innovative educational initiative has resulted in Alan Leighton becoming a Greenpower Ambassador along with the development of 2 specialist programmes - Greenpower Hire and GP Lites. ALS is also the chosen supplier for all educational activities for the British Radio Car Association (the BRCA) who are the governing body for radio controlled racing in the UK. Alan Leighton is also an appointed STEM Ambassador for the West Midlands, a national scheme to develop interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools.
Alan Leighton, the founder of ALS, is an experienced radio car racer who believed that radio controlled vehicles could be used as the perfect mechanism to interact with students whilst introducing them to the world of engineering. Alan was born in Lincolnshire where he was first introduced to the world of motorsport via speedway in 1978. He quickly became bitten and his passion moved on to riding and competing on motorbikes which saw Alan, at 24 years of age, spend the next 6 years travelling around the UK competing at circuits such as Donington Park, Mallory Park & Oulton Park. Approx 20 years ago Alan turn his attention to radio controlled vehicles which he has raced competitively at different standards from club to national and international levels. He has even taken part in an official visit by the BRCA (British Radio Car Association) to China to advise on the construction of a new RC track. The combination of his employment in the automotive industry and tutoring in motor vehicle skills has given Alan the perfect background to pursue his destiny. Through ALS Alan is able to merge his interests and has developed programmes aimed at introducing students to the world of engineering - an industry at the centre of the British economy providing future employability options.