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IMI Awards Pit Stop Speed Challenge finds a winner
PUBLISHED: 20/11/2013 | UPDATED:21/02/2014 13:05:57
The IMI Awards Pit Stop Speed Challenge proved to be a popular draw at the Skills Show 2013 with over a hundred visitors taking part in the competition.

Entrants were tasked with finding parts on a real sectioned engine against the clock. The winner was 19-year-old Blake Collings who won a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Blake, from Holt in Norfolk, who is studying motor vehicle mechanics maintenance and repair at City College, Norwich, said: "The challenge was fun, although a bit tricky at times. It felt great getting involved and stuck in, I can't believe I won out of the very large amount of people who took part."

There were two runners-up for the Pit-Stop Speed Challenge, Ashley Hollingsworth, 16, and Matthew Higgins, 14, both winning Play.com vouchers.

Rob Gray, Head of Qualifications and Marketing at IMI Awards, said there had been a high level of interest at the IMI Awards stand during the event.

"The IMI Awards stand was packed throughout the event. For the first two days of the Skills Show 2013 we had interest from many students and colleges and on the third day we had a lot of parents approaching us. It is a great event and a very helpful way for people to find out about careers in the automotive industry.

"As the market leading awarding organisation in this sector, we pride ourselves in being innovative, pro-active and supportive to those in our existing network, and welcoming to those who are interested in joining," he said.

"The Pit Stop Speed Challenge was designed to show how innovative training techniques can be fun as well as educational, and that hands-on training is the best way of learning a skill," he said.

At the stand IMI Awards showcased its industry-leading online portfolio system, ePortfolio, which is free to all approved centres and saves £30 per candidate when compared to paper-based options.

Mr Gray added: "We would like to thank Geoff Block of AG Block Ltd who provided the sectioned engine for the challenge as well as Triumph for lending us the Street Triple 675 motorcycle which also attracted a lot of interest on the stand."

The following entrants won Skullcandy headphones in the #SkillAutoComp: Tim Deering, Rory Gaskin, Connor Maynard-Nash, Daniel Deakin, Jack Quinton, Ben Palmer and Kayleigh Lawson.