Skill Auto finalists head to Birmingham

IMI Skill Auto competitors are heading to Birmingham NEC today for the final stage of the competition. The event will take place from 19-21 November and 18 finalists compete for gold at the UK Skills Show in Auto Refinishing, Auto Tech or Auto Body. 

Around 100,000 people are expected to visit the UK’s largest careers event, which provides a world-class platform for the nation’s talented individuals to compete, as well as giving visitors the chance to explore vocational career opportunities.

The Skill Auto competition area will feature the super-sonic, Bloodhound SSC, which will attempt to break the 1,000mph barrier next year, as well as vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover, VW, Kia and Toyota. For the first time ever, IMI Skill Auto will also showcase a heavy vehicle competition area consisting of 6 tasks demonstrating the high level of skills required to work on modern trucks.

Many high profile companies join sponsors Wurth, Morelli, GTG and Car-o-Liner in supplying the tools and equipment for the apprentices, ensuring the competition will be a cutting edge display of careers in the sector.


Auto Tech

  • Connor McGaughey, South West College-Omagh and Kelly’s Garage
  • Seamus Goodfellor, South West College-Omagh and Ballina Car Auto Repair
  • Brett Gibson, Jaguar Land Rover and Hatfield LR Pickering
  • Aaron Cousins, South Eastern Regional College and Halfords
  • Ben Brown, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
  • Scott Thompson, South West College-Enniskllen and Wilsons Garage

Auto Refinishing

  • Jonathan McNaugher, Riverpark Training and Nigel Whanns ARC Ltd
  • Jake Brewster, Chesterfield College and Joe Black’s 8Ball
  • Adam Litchfield, Cardiff and Vale College and NSW Accident Repair
  • Joe Hughes, Cardiff and Vale College and P&R Motors
  • Alex Neagle, Cardiff and Vale College and P&R Motors
  • Kyle Saunders, Coleg Gwent

Auto Body

  • Daniel Baker, Babcock and Chartwell
  • Andrew McClure, Riverpark Training and Wrights ARC Dundonald
  • Andrew Spiers, Riverpark Training and Wrights Accident Repair Centre
  • Andrew Gault, Riverpark Training and Glenn Allen Car Body Repair
  • Darrin Foster, Southern Regional College and Porter’s Body Shops Ltd
  • Matthew Barnicott, Colleg Llandrillo Menai and Birmingham Garage

bodyshop magazine would like to congratulate everyone who reached the final and we wish you all the best of luck in the concluding stage of the competition.