Industry gets behind skills event

Over 2,000 students from secondary schools across Rochdale, along with 40 businesses including several from the accident repair sector, united for the third Rochdale Skills event.

Commercial Contract Engineers (CCE)/Fix Auto Rochdale, a major driving force behind the annual event, was this year backed by Car-O-Liner and S&B Automotive Academy in highlighting the career opportunities within the accident repair sector.

Phil Ewbank, chairman of CCE/Fix Auto Rochdale, said, ‘The event proved another major success and I would like to express my gratitude to Car-O-Liner and S&B Automotive Academy for their fantastic support and commitment. We have forged a great relationship with both organisations since making contact at be2014.’

The accident repair activities on offer included the ever popular Pit Stop Challenge, which offered iTunes vouchers for the fastest male and female, as well as Miracle Pull demonstrations, plastic repairs, interactive flatting and polishing processes along with paint refinish samples.

Mayor of Rochdale, councillor Carol Wardle, attended the event and got hands on with some of the exhibitions. She said, ‘It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s great to see all of the young people so eager to get involved and find out more about things and the technology that is available to them these days. It is a great event.’

The event, aimed at Year 9 students, allows students to get hands on experience and introduces them to the world of work to help them start thinking about future careers.

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