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Skill Auto 2015 looks for UK’s best automotive apprentices

By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00

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The hunt for the UK’s best young automotive apprentices is on

The hunt for the UK’s best young automotive apprentices is on, with online registrations for the 2015 IMI Skill Auto competition now open.

Young people will compete in the fields of Autobody, Autorefinishing and Autotech for a place at the Skill Auto final, which takes place at the Skills Show in November. An online test will decide who reaches the live heats.

Over 75,000 young people visited the Skills Show at the NEC last year, where 18 automotive competitors competed in their chosen fields alongside apprentices from hundreds of different professions.

Additionally, the 2015 Skill Auto competition will be an integral part of WorldSkills squad selection for the first time. The competition has been adapted to meet the required standards and allow extra finalists to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team, which will go to Abu Dhabi in 2017.

IMI Competition Manager Davie Massie commented: “It’s very exciting that our competition is now an integral part of WorldSkills squad selections for the first time. For this reason we have had to realign some of what we do and raise the standard significantly; something we were working towards anyway but certainly doesn’t come without its challenges.”

IMI are asking teaching staff and employers to direct talented apprentices to the online test at www.autocity.org.uk/skillauto. Online entry for the competition closes on the 20th March.

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