IMI Awards have been proudly supporting IMI Awards candidates who partook in the automotive competitions at World Skills 2013 in Leipzig, Germany
IMI Awards have been proudly supporting IMI Awards candidates who partook in the automotive competitions at World Skills 2013 in Leipzig, Germany - an international working skills championship that involved over 1,000 competitors and attracted more than 200,000 visitors.
The students, from Riverpark Training in Belfast, were both medal winners for the UK at WorldSkills Leipzig 201. Matthew Quinn won a Bronze Medal in the Autobody Repair competition, while Gary Greer won a Medallion for Excellence in the Car Painting competition.
Some of the best young skilled workers from 65 countries around the world competed for medals in the WorldSkills Competitions which are held every other year and are open to competitors up to the age of 22.
As well as automotive skills, the competitions included skills ranging from building to cooking, web design, cabinet making and hairdressing. The competitions are run over several days and put the competitors under pressure to perform to the height of their abilities against the clock.
The event in Leipzig Germany, which is the biggest of its kind ever held, included a festival of vocational skills, and an opportunity for young people to seek advice on their choice of job and plan their career. IMI Awards attended as an exhibitor offering career advice and interacting with both German and international visitors. These included college students, training providers, component suppliers and manufacturers, and government officials from various nations. Speaking after the event, Rob Gray, Head of Qualifications Development and Marketing, said "The size of the event was astounding, and for all the UK competitors to do as well as they did against the best from other nations shows the high standard of vocational education and training in the UK. The event was also a fantastic opportunity for IMI Awards to showcase the work that we do, both in the UK and overseas."
On an average point score comparison the overall winners were South Korea, followed by Switzerland and Chinese Taipei. The UK achieved tenth place overall.
Alan Mackrill, Managing Director of IMI Awards, said WorldSkills was a significant event that allowed trainers and students from across the world to come together.
"WorldSkills reflects the amazing achievements of skills trainers and their students throughout the world, and was also a milestone for us as it was the first time that IMI Awards attended an international event of this magnitude. The standard of competition is extremely high and it is to the credit of Matthew and Gary that they have come away with medals for the UK," he said.
"As sponsor of the SkillAuto competitions that take place at the UK Skills Show, we actively support competitions like WorldSkills that showcase the talent that is present in the skills industry, and spread the word on the high standards of training in the UK's automotive sector."