21 Jun 2024
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IMI names Class of 2022 Skills Competitions winners

The winners of the IMI’s 2022 Skills Competition have been named, and their victory means they will be going international the World Skills Competition in 2024.

23 winners for the Light Vehicle Technology, Body Repair, Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle categories have been identified, from an original cohorts of 500 students and apprentices. Having been nominated by their tutor or employer, each competitor undertook an online quiz, participated in a one-day practical national qualifier and underwent training days and employer visits. The finalists then gathered at Cardiff and Vale College for a two-day practical live final for World Skills UK. They completed their final six tasks in front of a team of volunteer judges.

The Winners
Light Vehicle Technology
Gold: Ewan Griggor AM Philip Truck Tech Skillnet
Silver: Robert Griffin Cecil & Lerter Volvo Calex UK Ltd Volvo
Bronze: Charlie Taff-Lavill Volkscraft South Devon College

Body Repair
Gold: Ieuan Morris-Brown IRG Pontypridd Cardiff and Vale College
Silver: David McKeown JMAR Accident Repair Riverpark
Bronze: Ben Priestley Bordersdown Bodyshop Riverpark

Refinishing
Gold: Adam Neville Lookers, Charles Hurst, Belfast Riverpark
Silver: Bethany Creaser FMG RS Remit
Bronze: Dominic Everington Steer Group EMTEC
Medallion
of Excellence: Liam Shipp FMG RS Thatcham

Heavy Vehicle
Gold: George Hinkley Scania Remit
Silver: Max Winter Adams Morey Skillnet (DAF)
Bronze: Aleksander Zielechowski PCL West Thurrock Remit

IMI Competition Manager Richard Hutchins observed: “2022 has been another challenging year for the sector, yet we have seen a cohort of highly skilled automotive apprentices, of all ages, step forward. Once again, we have been impressed with the determination, commitment and technical skill of all applicants for this year’s Skills Competition. The judges had a tough job to select the winners.”

Following their win, the 23 successful candidates will be going to the World Skills International competition, taking place in Lyon in September 2024.