IMI opens up Skill Auto registrations

IMI Skill Auto has launched its online registrations for the 2016 apprentice competition.

Apprentices across the industry will compete in Automotive Refinishing, Automotive Technology, Automotive Body Repair, and for the first time this year Heavy Vehicle Engineering, to qualify for a place at the IMI Skill Auto final held at The Skills Show, Birmingham NEC, in November.

With 85,000 people visiting the UK’s largest skills event last year, the final 26 automotive competitors battled it out over three days for a chance to take first place – and for a chance to represent the UK in the WorldSkills squad.

Davie Massie, IMI competition manager, said, ‘As the standard of competition becomes more intense every year we look forward with anticipation to Skill Auto 2016. With the addition of a heavy vehicle competition, this year more than ever will showcase to young people the range of skills and knowledge needed to work across the automotive sector. I encourage anyone who employs or trains talented young people to nominate them for the competition. Whether they win a medal or not, participating will provide them with valuable experience and increased self-confidence.’

Dates for the IMI Skill Auto 2016 live heats have been confirmed with the competitions taking place at four prestigious venues across the UK:

• 9-13 May: Automotive Technology, JLR Academy, Leamington Spa

• 18-20 May: Automotive Body Repair, Babcock Training, Milton Keynes

• 8-10 June: Automotive Refinishing, 3M, Atherstone

• 20-22 June: Heavy Vehicle Engineering, Iveco, Winsford

Registration for IMI Skill Auto 2016 opens 1 March at 09:00 and closes 7 April at 17:00.