IMI announces Skills Competitions finalists

IMI announces Skills Competitions finalists

The IMI has announced the National Qualifier events for its Skills Competitions have concluded, with 24 students and apprentices chosen from the hundreds of applicants across the UK.

Judges selected finalists from four key specialisms –  Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Body RepairAutomotive Refinishing, and Heavy Vehicle Technology – who will now go forward to the live two day national finals in November at Cardiff and Vale College to be crowned the top new talent in the sector.

Initially nominated by their tutor or employer, top scoring apprentices took part in the National Qualifiers during May and June. The top six competitor scores from each stream reportedly impressed the judges with their level of skills, dedication and focus of the applicants this year, particularly considering the challenges they have faced since joining the sector.

Richard Hutchins, IMI Skills Competitions Manager, commented: “The last two years have brought the automotive industry significant challenges, and it is incredible what these apprentices have achieved so early in their careers and under such difficult circumstances. The Skills Competition is designed to raise standards, esteem and the level of expertise in technical skills, and it is clearly doing just that. It has been great to see such enthusiasm and dedication from the next generation of automotive experts, and we are excited to watch the next stage of the competition.”

IMI announces Skills Competitions finalists

This year sees the finals taking place week commencing 14th November at six venues across the UK. Barking & Dagenham, Belfast Metropolitan, Blackpool & The Fylde, Cardiff & Vale, Edinburgh, and Middlesbrough colleges will host the events, with the winners crowned at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Steph McGovern from her Packed Lunch studio on Friday 25 November. Competitors that impress at the national final could be in with a chance of representing the UK in the “skills olympics” in France in 2024. 

The 2022 Finalists 

Refinishing 2022
Name Employer Training Organisation
Liam Shipp FMG Repair Centre Thatcham Research
Dominic Everington AW Accident Repair Group Emtec
Adam Neville Charles Hurst Accident Repair Centre Riverpark Training
Bethany Creaser FMG Repair Centre Thatcham Research
Sion Lewis RGM body repairs Ltd Cardiff and Vale College
Jordan Zatac IRG Group Coleg Gwent- Newport
Body Repair 2022
Name Employer Training Organisation
David McKeown  James McKeown ARC Riverpark Training
Ieuan Morris-Brown IRG Group Cardiff and Vale College
Saul Dale The Vella Group Blackpool & the Fylde College
Omer Waheed Davies Motor Company Cardiff and Vale College
John Carlisle Dennison Accident Repair Riverpark Training
Ben Priestley Porters Bodyshop Riverpark Training
Heavy Vehicle 2022
Name Employer Training Organisation
George Hinckley Scania Remit Training
Nicholas Garrtet Gateshead College
Stephen Hill Bridgend College
Aleksander Zielechowski MAN Truck and Bus Remit Training
Daniel Noddle Northside Truck and Van
Max Winter Skillnet
Light Vehicle/Automotive Technology 2022
Name Employer Training Organisation
Jessica Brakenbury Lookers Ford Middlesbrough Skillnet
Ewan Grigor Skillnet
Robert Griffin Cecil & Larter Volvo Bury St Edmunds Calex UK Ltd
Robert Aldours Weston College
Col Izzat Fife AutoTech Ltd Fife College
Charlie Taff-Lavill South Devon College

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