IMI Skills Competition winners announced

The winners of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) 2022 Skills Competition have been announced.

More than 500 apprentices took part in the competition, with the finalists taking part in a two-day practical live final at Cardiff and Vale College. Overall, 23 winners were selected across four categories: Light Vehicle Technology, Body Repair, Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle.

The gold medal winners in each category were Ewan Griggor of AM Philip Truck Tech, (Light Vehicle Technology), Ieuan Morris-Brown, pictured, of IRG Pontypridd (Body Repair), Adam Neville of Lookers, Charles Hurst in Belfast (Refinishing), and George Hinkley, Scania (Heavy Vehicle).

Richard Hutchins, competitions manager at the IMI, said: “2022 has been another challenging year for the sector, yet we have seen a cohort of highly skilled automotive apprentices, of all ages, step forward. The applicants and finalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and from groups that are generally under-represented in automotive. This makes the Class of 2022 even more inspirational, as we work together to make the sector more representative of cultures, genders, ethnicity, visible and non-visible disability and sexual orientation.”

All the eligible finalists now go forward to the World Skills International competition to be held in Lyon in September 2024.