Held at the idyllic home of the IMI in Hertford, the Outstanding Achievers Awards 2016 welcomed a hundred guests from around the UK to honour this year’s finalists.
Learners as young as 15 attended the prestigious event, alongside parents and guardians, tutors and IMI Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO FIMI.
Speaking on the day, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Patron since 1998, said the winners and finalists had been selected from more than 100,000 learners within the IMI network of more than 660 centres, and that attendance at the event was in itself a recognition of achievement.
“The individuals we will recognise today represent future leaders and current role models, setting the benchmark for the rest of the industry. They will leave this ceremony and return to a dynamic and exciting sector. A sector where advancing technologies put skills in high demand and where high customer expectations mean that having the best personnel is vital to the success of a business. Reaching this stage means that you as automotive professionals are forming a vital part of the future of an industry which is a critical part of the UK economy,” he told the finalists.
The event, which took place on 20th October, began with HRH Prince Michael of Kent meeting the finalists and their guests. This was followed by lunch and the awards ceremony, including speeches from IMI CEO, Steve Nash, and Premier Sponsor, MS MotorService International GmbH.
Each of the finalists in the Approved Centre category have provided learners with the best environment and offered services that represented the best in class of their chosen specialism. The finalists in the Approved Centre category all demonstrated their continued commitment to the IMI and each delivered the highest quality training.
Steve Nash, IMI CEO, said:
"It gives me great pleasure to present these awards to a room of such inspirational individuals who all share the same passion and enthusiasm for an industry that is fast becoming the most exciting and innovative sector to work in. The dedication shown by each of the trainers here today is truly outstanding and without their continuous support and their passion, it wouldn’t be possible for the UK to lead the way in automotive training and skills."
Approved Centre of the Year
Winner: Mercedes-Benz UK (Apprentice Academy and Technical Training Centre)
New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell Campus)
Specialist Centre of the Year
Winner: Nationwide Just Car Clinics
Outstanding Student in:
Winner: Gemima Christodoulou-Peace
Winner: Dexter Truscott
Bus & Coach
Winner: Brian Henderson
Winner: Andrew Gault and winner of the FMI Bursary
Winner: Chloe Barnett
Finalist: Jessica Wallis
Winner: Alexander Robertson
Finalist: Darius Harrison
Winner: Kieran Daniel
Young Student of the Year (14-16s)
Winner: Saskia Charnock
Finalist: Daniel Swallow and winner of the Tony Swiatek Award