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Automotive apprentices look to WorldSkills in new competition

Published on: 13/04/2017 (4:27PM)

Five automotive apprentices from Central College Nottingham’s Emtec Centre in Ruddington are a step closer to representing the UK at the international WorldSkills competition, after impressing the judges at a regional competition. The heats of the new Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Skill Auto Competition have been held at Emtec over the past month.

The three winners and two runners up from Emtec scored highly enough to go through to the next round of qualifiers in May and June, which could see them through to the national finals and even on to the global WorldSkills.

In past years, the initial round involved online testing, but the new hands-on pilot is designed to better-prepare competitors for WorldSkills and to recreate a more realistic work environment during the test.

Emtec hosted three competitions: paint refinishing, body repair, and light vehicle: They all challenge the competitors to complete a tough range of tasks based on rigorous IMI standards. 

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The results were:

Paint refinishing

Winner: Jordan Hemsley, Level 2 Paint Refinishing apprentice at NK Motors Kia dealership in Chilwell

Runner-up: Joe Ilife,  Level 2 Vehicle Accident Repair (Body) apprentice at BMW Sytner, Lenton Lane, Nottingham

Body repair

Winner:  Callum Scothern, Level 2 Vehicle Accident Repair (Body) apprentice at BMW Sytner, Lenton Lane, Nottingham

Runner-up: Matthew Fearn, Level 2 Vehicle Accident Repair (Body) apprentice at Pentagon, Burton-on-Trent

Light Vehicle

Winner: Emily-Jane Hayward, Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair apprentice at Wessex Garages Kia in Newport, Wales

It was a great contest with a good bunch of competitors and I think I’ve made some lifelong friends! Winning has brought me closer to the WorldSkills competition, opened doors for the future, and got my name out there as a vehicle painter.

- Jordan Hemsley, winner of the paint refinishing heat
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Jordan Hemsley

​Both apprentices have excelled my expectations and Sytner have recognised their performance. A fantastic achievement.

- Callum and Joe's employer, Body Shop Manager Jon Debalsi from Sytner

Emily is a very competent technician with bags of energy and a great willingness to learn. I am sure she will go a long way within the motor industry.

- Anthony Harwood, Skills Trainer at Emtec (describing Emily's success)