WorldSkills finalists revealed

WorldSkills UK has announced its finalists, with more than 20 of the most talented next generation technicians in the automotive sector going forward to the November competition.

The IMI Skills Competitions are designed to raise standards and expertise in technical skills across the sector by shining a spotlight on the most talented young automotive apprentices in the country.

Nominees were asked to complete a 30-minute multiple choice quiz with the top scorers invited to sit an online knowledge test in the National Qualifiers; 24 apprentices were then selected to take part in the WorldSkills competition, taking place across multiple venues from 9-19 November.

Joanna Hollingdale, careers and student membership manager at the Institute of the Motor Industry said: “The enthusiasm and commitment to their skills development shown by the competitors in the IMI Skills Competitions this year has been amazing.  Despite lockdowns, reduced opportunities for hands-on learning and the general uncertainty of the pandemic, they have stepped up and demonstrated their focus, and fully deserve the opportunity to compete in the WorldSkills finals this November.”

The body repair finalists are: Lewis Hastings, Cardiff and Vale College; Harry Cooper, Cardiff and Vale College; Joel Windsor, Cardiff and Vale College; Craig Kernohan, Riverpark Training; Simon Sloan, Riverpark Training; and Tiler Moorcroft Jones, Grwp Llandrillo Menai.

The refinish finalists are: Ryan Lowrey and Stephen Halsall of Blackpool and The Fylde College, plus Cardiff and Vale College contestants Sion Lewis, Tom Venn, Callum Roberts and Dominic Duance.

The technology finalists are: Luke Merchant, Weston College; Alexander Mills, Babcock Training; Olly Brown, Lanzante; Liam Ward, Truetest Motors; Ian Robertson, Fife College; and Damian Tchorzewski, Edinburgh College.

The heavy vehicle technology finalists are: Abhaydeep Gulati, Ford & Slater; Andrew Hill, Motus Commercials; Daniel Buckingham, Skillnet; Jignesh Khimani, Skillnet; Mark McAdams, Fife Council; and Daniel Parker, Adams Morey.