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UK Skills visitors invited to take the IMI Awards Pit Stop Speed Challenge
PUBLISHED: 29/10/2013 | UPDATED:21/02/2014 13:09:24
IMI Awards has invited visitors to this year's UK Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC to drop in at their stand and take part in the Pit Stop Speed Challenge.

Visitors will be tasked with a technical challenge on a real sectioned engine, and the fastest entrants will win one of three prizes.  1st prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 inch Tablet - White (16GB, WiFi, Android 4.0), and the two runner up prizes are a £20 voucher and a £10 voucher.

As well as being able to take the Pit Stop Speed Challenge the IMI Awards stand will have industry experts on hand to give advice about a route to a career in the motor industry, and discuss options for training organisations that want to become an IMI Awards Centre. IMI Awards will also be showcasing 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.

Rob Gray, Head of Qualifications and Marketing at IMI Awards, said: "The Pit Stop Speed Challenge is an excellent way to show how hands-on training is fun and a good learning tool. It's also a great opportunity for people to learn about a career in the automotive industry. We are the market leading awarding organisation for the UK motor industry, and pride ourselves on being supportive, pro-active and innovative in all the work we do with our existing network. Therefore, we welcome opportunities such as the Skills Show to get out there and speak to those working and learning within the automotive industry."

Geoff Block, of AG Block Ltd, who has provided the sectioned engine for the challenge, said there was an extremely high standard of automotive training in the UK based on expertise and the right equipment.

"You can't beat having real components. It gets the message across so much more easily than working from a two-dimensional image. When you look at an engine it looks very complicated but when you break down the component parts, engine management isn't actually that difficult, and it is easy to get it across in a visual way," he said.

IMI Awards is the UK's leading awarding body for the retail motor industry and will be exhibiting at The Skills Show 2013 on 14-16 November at the NEC Birmingham. The IMI Awards stand can be found in Hall 3 by the Automotive Painting Competition.

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.

The Skills Show is the UK's biggest skills and careers event and aims to inspire young people to pursue exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships, as well as to provide trainers with a forum for discussion.

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Notes for editors:
IMI Awards is a specialist awarding body offering a wide range of qualifications relating to the automotive, and related engineering, industries. The qualifications are designed to demonstrate skills and competence; the foundation of a successful career. Working closely with expert working groups from within the industry ensure our qualifications are relevant and sector specific.

Contact information:         
Henry Creagh, Account Director, Kendalls PR
Telephone: 01394 610022

Bekki Griffiths, Marketing Executive, IMI Awards.
Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertfordshire SG13 8PQ
Telephone: 01992 519038.