THE BEST OF AUTOMOTIVE TALENT HEADS TO WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE - 21-23 November – NEC Birmingham

Industry body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is continuing to champion automotive talent by taking 24 finalists to this year’s Worldskills UK Live competition in Birmingham.

With a clear focus on working with the motor retail sector to address the ever-widening skills gap, the IMI’s Skill Auto competition sets out to find the best apprentices across a number of different skills.  A series of heats ran throughout the year, with the finalists now heading to Worldskills UK Live where they will undergo intensive competition over 3 days to find the best of the best. 

Worldskills UK Live is the largest skills and careers event in the country, designed to help shape the future of a new generation. Attracting nearly 80,000 visitors annually, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work. It also provides the setting for competitions for a wide range of skills, with the winners standing a chance of being selected for World Skills in Shanghai, China. 

This year finalists in the IMI Skill Auto competition come from right across the UK and will be demonstrating their skills in all the key competencies required in the automotive sector.  The IMI currently offers 16 different Apprenticeship Standards, recently launching three new ones for automotive repair professionals, demonstrating its commitment to help industry employers attract, develop and retain talent in motor careers.

Mark Armitage, Head of Membership Products & Services at the IMI said:

“The motor retail sector remains one of the strongest advocates of apprenticeships, which means we have an exciting array of talent who will be competing at the IMI Skill Auto competition.  As motoring technology evolves, with demand for lower emissions, connected vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles, the skills gap continues to widen. It is, therefore, vital that we continue to champion the best of the new talent coming into the sector through competitions like IMI Skill Auto.

“We are also excited to be in a forum at Worldskills UK Live so that young people can understand just how exciting the automotive sector is. They will see cutting edge techniques and processes being carried out by our finalists, proving that the automotive sector provides a truly 21st century career path.”

IMI Skill Auto 2019 Finalists

Refinishing

Aubrey Whiteside

Riverpark Training

David Irvine sprayers

18

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Josh Millar

Transport Training Services

Wright Bus

21

Craig Kennedy

Riverpark Training

Howells ARC

19

Nathan Palfrey

Babcock Technical Academy

Cooper BMW York

22

Jack Groves

Volvo TDC

STURGESS bodycraft.

18

Josh Jones

NPTC Group - Pontardawe College

Scuffed Up

19

Heavy Vehicle 

Claire Weller

Skillnet

Adams Morey Portsmouth,

21

John Dudley

Skillnet

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25

James Hillocks

Stevenson College

Mc truck and bus

21

David Bodie

Stevenson College

Hartshorne motor services

40

Matthew Hands

Skillnet

Brian Currie Bedford

21

Keith Kelly

South West College - Omagh Campus

B mc caffrey and sons

25

Body Repair

Connor Davison

Riverpark Training and Development

 

21

Chris McCarley

Riverpark Training and Development

Charles Hurst ARC

21

Graeme Nevin

Riverpark Training and Development

Wright's accident repair centre

18

Dominic Mills

Training 2000 Limited

HBPanelcraft

20

Matthew Sutton

Training 2000 Limited

Abbot's Car Repairs Ltd

18

Rowen Small

Remit Training

Apollo motor group Cheltenham

20

Light Vehicle

Ruairi Barrow

 (Completed apprenticeship)

Donnelly brothers JLR

26

Robert Pallant Bright

Skillnet

Lookers Ford

24

Jake Hubbard

Skillnet

Forest Gate

23

Matthew Bundy

Skillnet

Hendy Ford

19

Harry Chaundy

GTG Training

Arnold Clark

19

Christopher Wright

ProVq Ltd

RRG Toyota Stockport

23

 

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