Competition heating up at 2015 Skill Auto

The IMI Skill Auto 2015 heats are now underway, kick-starting today at the Eyebox, Coventry.

The competition is run by the Institute of the Motor Industry and aims to find the top new talent within the automotive body repair, vehicle refinishing and automotive technology industry.

Having already completed an online knowledge test, the qualifying technicians will compete in one of three heat programmes: Autorefinish, 13-15 May at 3M’s training centre, Atherstone; Autobody repairs, 3-5 June at Eyebox, Coventry; and Autotech, 15-19 June at Jaguar Land Rover Academy, Warwick.

Details of the Autorefinish category are:

Heat 1 Wednesday 13 May
Steven He – DA Stewart Accident Repair Centre
Tyler McCrum – Body Craft
Josh Alexander – Howells Accident Repair Centre
Mark Hughes – Wrights Accident Body Repair Centre (Mullusk)
Daire McConville – Kinnego Autobody Repairs

Heat 2 – Thursday 14 May
Jake Brewster – Joe Black’s 8Ball
Lyndon Jeynes – Paint Work
Kirsty Ashley – Race Spray
James Vajda – Dennis Eagle
Kristian Rabbage – Garnish

Heat 3 – Friday 15 May
Adam Litchfield – NSW Accident Repair Centre
Joe Hughes – Colour Works
Alex Neagle – P & R Motors
Adam Morgan – Mobile Motors
Kyle Saunders – Coleg Gwent
Luca Spiteri – Chris Spiteri and Son (Newport)
Details of the Autobody category are:

Heat 1 Wednesday 3 June
Brandon-lee Williams – Chesterfield Auto Bodies
Joe Greatorex – Derbyshire County Council
Daniel Baker – Chartwell (Derby) Ltd
Joe Straun – XL Accident Repair Centre
Elizibeth Hodgson – Hull College
Leon Smith – Cardiff and Vale College

Heat 2 Thursday 4 June
Andrew McClure – Wrights ARC Dundonald
Andrew Spiers – Wrights Accident Repair Centre
Andrew Gault – Glenn Allen Car Body Repair
Darrin Foster – Porter’s Bodyshops Ltd
Jordan Barlow – Giovanna Coachworks
Dean Langford – South Western Coachworks

Heat 3 Friday 5 June
Hayden Forrester – Coutfield Garage Limited
Steven McLeary – New College Lanarkshire
Connor Farmer – New College Lanarkshire
Jack Linstead – Coleg Gwent
Joe Evans-Luter – Dentmagic
Matthew Barnicott – Birmingham Garage

The top six scorers from each discipline across all national heats will then be invited to participate in the UK final held at the NEC Birmingham in The SkillsShow, the largest careers and skills event in the UK from 19-21 November 2015.