Six of the best young automotive technicians have competed at the SkillAuto Automobile Technology (light vehicle) final at the East Midlands Centre for Automotive Training (EMCAT) in Nottingham.
Twenty-one-year-old David Horrocks who works for Gordano Motor Services in Bristol and studies at Bridgwater College, Mark Yates (25) from Holcroft Honda, Stoke and Tom Crowther (19) from Maidenhead Honda – both of whom study at the Honda Institute – all won silver medals at the UK final.
Kelly Shipp, Skills Competition Coordinator at the IMI said:
“All the finalists showed their skill, professionalism and dedication throughout the competition and our congratulations go to the three medallists who competed in what was a very close final. We would like to thank everyone who helped make the competition possible, SkillAuto could not have done this without the efforts and support received from the host centre, judges and volunteers.”
SkillAuto, which is part of WorldSkills UK; the set of skills competitions managed in partnership with organisations from industry and education, helps raise the profile of skills and vocational training in the automotive sector through searching for excellence and recognising the skills of individuals at the top of their game. The judging criteria for the SkillAuto Automobile Technology competition is set by an independent panel of judges.
Successful competitors in the SkillAuto UK Final may have the opportunity to compete at an international level at WorldSkills – the largest international skills competition in the world. By competing at WorldSkills, the UK is able to benchmark the quality of its skills against those from around the world.