UKGBE supports next generation with SHOW MAKER initiative

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event (UKGBE), taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 5-6 June, has announced its SHOW MAKER initiative. As part of UKGBE’s participation in School of Thought’s ambassador programme the SHOW MAKER initiative highlights its commitment to supporting the next generation of automotive professionals.

​As part of this initiative, the event will host 10 enthusiastic work experience SHOW MAKERS from Sandwell College. These SHOW MAKERS will be involved in a variety of tasks and roles throughout the event, providing them with invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the industry’s leading exhibitors.

​SHOW MAKER initiative

Automotive professionals are encouraged to take time out to talk to the students and impart their wisdom, providing inspiration to go on and thrive in the industry. Each SHOW MAKER will receive a certificate of participation, a testament to their hard work and dedication, which they can proudly include on their CVs.

​The 10 students participating are Nicholas Bosompim, Ryan Bradshaw, Ebrima Ceesay, Mustafa Chowdhury, Connor Day, Marwan Hussein, Stephen Odiase, Callum Riley, Jasvir Singh, and Sahil Pal.

​Alex Jones, marketing director of the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, said:

“A huge thanks to Sandwell College and School of Thought for giving these 10 students the chance to participate in our event. The SHOW MAKER initiative is a fantastic opportunity for these young individuals to gain real-world experience and insights into our industry. We’re excited to see them in action and encourage everyone to say hi and make them feel welcome.”

​Skills gap

The UKGBE is committed to nurturing talent and providing opportunities for young professionals to thrive in the automotive industry. Through initiatives like the SHOW MAKER programme, the event continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the sector. Dave Reece, founder of School of Thought, added:

“It’s crucial to bring fresh, young talent into the automotive sector to help plug the skills gap we’re currently facing. Initiatives like the SHOW MAKER programme are essential for providing students with practical experience and inspiring them to pursue careers in this field. By supporting these young individuals, we’re not only investing in their future but also in the future of our industry.

​”The SHOW MAKERS will be easily recognisable in their official SHOW MAKER t-shirts, so the event organiser is encouraging attendees to greet them and offer their support as the students embark on this exciting learning journey.”

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Visitors can register for a free UKGBE ticket here – there are limited complimentary tickets remaining for the event.

If you are going to be at the show on day one (that’s Wednesday, 5 June) make sure you visit the Bodyshop Magazine Lounge (stand G18) and the Bodyshop Training Hub (H18) next door from 4:00pm-6:00pm for our two-hour networking drinks party – BODYSHOP BUZZ – which is completely free for all repairers and anyone working in the collision repair supply chain. All you have to do is register using this link.