Worldskills UK finalists announced

Twenty six automotive apprentices and students from across the four nations have made it through to The Skills Show final in front of 70,000 spectators held at the NEC in Birmingham (16-18 November).

The finalists have fought through the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers and months of intensive training to get this far. The ultimate victor will stand a chance to represent the nation at WorldSkills, the largest international skills competition, in 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

Davie Massie, skills competition manager, said, ‘After the very high standard displayed by the competitors at the national qualifiers, this year’s final promises to be a closely fought contest for the medals. Myself and the IMI Skill Auto team are excited to see how these talented young individuals rise to the challenge before them and with the additional incentive of a potential place in the Team UK squad for Russia 2019, there is certainly everything to play for.’

Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive, WorldSkills UK said, ‘Congratulations to all of the finalists who will be competing at this year’s Skills Show.

‘WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to enhance a person’s apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop key character and employability skills.  By using knowledge gained from competing nationally and internationally, we know we are working to benchmarks that will equip more young people with the right skills to help UK businesses compete better globally.’

The IMI Skill Auto competition, run-by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is regulated by WorldSkills UK.

The IMI Skill Auto finalists are:


  • Christian Wilson – Central College Nottingham
  • Thomas Sach – North Kent College
  • Joshua Jones – Coleg Cambria
  • Declan Porter – North West Regional College
  • Eoin McCloskey – North West Regional College
  • Damian Blaszczyk – South West College


  • Jordan Hemsley – Central College Nottingham
  • Dylan Russell – North West Regional College
  • Conor Mckevitt – Riverpark Training
  • Callum Green – Gateshead College
  • Cory Maher – Cardiff and Vale College
  • Tom Harris – 1st Choice accident Repair Centre Cardiff


  • Callum Scothern – Central College Nottingham
  • Cillian John Campbell – Riverpark Training
  • Scott Patterson – Riverpark Training
  • Ruairi Hesketh – Riverpark Training
  • Jordan Barlow – North West Regional College
  • Michael Kilner – Chesterfield College
  • Shaun Dyson – Chesterfield College

HV Engineering

  • Andrew Jones-Lofting – Fife College
  • Luke Copplestone – Scania (GB) Ltd
  • Tom Hill – Greenhous Commercials Ltd
  • Kieran Leyland – Ryder Ltd
  • Andrew Kelly – Ford & Slater Ltd
  • Luke Hopkins – Stephenson College – Volvo
  • Taylor Yuill – Scania (GB) Ltd