Students from IMI Awards Approved Centres won a host of medals in the Automotive section of the Skills Show 2013 held at Birmingham NEC this month.
Some of the best young skilled workers from across the country took part at the event which was launched on Wednesday (November 13th) with a dynamic opening ceremony highlighting the different skills on display, and was officially opened on Thursday morning by Patron and Dragon's Den panellist Theo Paphitis.
In the Automotive Body Repair competition, IMI Awards students won across the board, taking gold, silver and bronze medals. Gold went to Matthew Bailey of Cardiff and Vale College, Silver to Jordan Thomas from Cardiff and Vale College, and the Bronze medal went to Andrew Mcdonald of North West Regional College.
The Automotive Painting competition was won by James Grayson of Chesterfield College who took the Gold medal home, and runner-up was Keiren Jones of Cardiff and Vale College who took Silver.
Other IMI Awards medallists were Darrel Delaney of Kia at the Norfolk Motor Company who won Gold in Automotive Technology.
Including the automotive skills section, there were over 60 competitions showing skills in action from the five sectors of build environment, cultural and creative arts, engineering, IT and business administration, social and professional services. The competitors are put under pressure to perform tasks within their skill set against the clock.
Rob Gray, Head of Qualifications and Marketing at IMI Awards, said he was very impressed with the performance of the IMI Awards competitors and the number of medals won.
"There was an exceptionally high level of skill on display throughout the competition, and entrants had to work extremely hard to win a place.
"It was a testimony to the level of training provided by IMI Awards approved centres that our students won across the board in the Body Repair competition, and took Gold and Silver in the Painting and Technology sections. As the leading awarding body in the retail motor industry it is good to see such a level of skills and enthusiasm from the students," he said.
IMI Awards provides the widest range of qualifications and accreditations for automotive and related sectors, such as light vehicle, heavy vehicle, electric and hybrid vehicles, paint, motorcycle, land-based, motorsport, warehousing and storage, management, sales and customer service.