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The SkillAuto search for the best automotive technicians begins

Outstanding automotive technicians who wish to showcase their skills can now put themselves to the test by entering the 2012 SkillAuto competition which is now open.

If you have no more than 3 years experience including training and a desire to be the best in your industry, you can enter online now.  The competitions are open to technicians working in AutoTech (light vehicle), AutoBody or AutoPaint.   Those who wish to put themselves to the test can do so by visiting www.autocity.org.uk/skillauto 

Those entering the competition are requested to set up their own profile and via the website; the IMI will keep registrants updated on a wealth of other career related information.

SkillAuto competitions are run and completely supported by the automotive industry, so whether you are a student looking to showcase your talent, an apprentice wanting to show your colleagues what you are made of, an employer who wants to inspire confidence in a talented technician, or a training provider or college that wants to encourage their students to be the best they can, the competitions offer everyone the chance to succeed.

Top scorers from the online tests which run from now until the 15th March 2012 will be invited to participate in live practical heats around the country to find national and regional champions with the potential to go on to a live final staged at a Skills Festival event planned for next October where the UK champion will be crowned. There's also the prospect of picking up exciting prizes along the way!

The competitions form part of the WorldSkills UK national competitions, in partnership with The National Apprenticeship Service and are designed to test competence and recognise excellence in the application of the latest advancements in technology. They provide candidates with the opportunity to develop their skills further and are also focused on the needs of industry, with those competing to demonstrate their skills in the areas which make the UK automotive sector synonymous with quality services and sustainable, profitable businesses. 

David Massie, Project Manager for SkillAuto at the IMI said "The retail motor industry produces some of the most enthusiastic and talented young people in our workforce today. With a passion for the job they do and the capacity to take on board the rapidly changing technological developments, materials and procedures, SkillAuto competitions allow them to let friends, workmates, relatives and employers see just how good they are in their chosen profession.

I'd encourage any young technician to enter and experience what it's like to test themselves against the very best. Somewhere out there is the next UK champion and we're looking for you!"

The SkillAuto competitions have been designed to help raise the profile of skills and vocational training in the automotive sector through searching for excellence and recognising the skills of individuals at the top of their game.  Exceptional competitors from the current WorldSkills UK national competition cycle may be invited to compete for a place in the team that represents the UK at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. 

The UK automotive team enjoyed medal success at the last WorldSkills competition which was held in London in October last year.  Twenty-one year old Ross Varnam who works for Parkers Accident Repair Centre won a silver medal in the Autobody Repair category; John Couldridge (22) from Glyn Hopkin Honda won bronze in Automobile Technology and twenty-two year old Ben Eaton from Sytner BMW Sheffield also scooped a bronze in Car Painting.

If you think you or your business can add value to these competitions, by entering or have any ideas as to how you can incorporate this initiative in to your business, please get in touch. The competitions are reliant on donations in the form of host centres, venues, judges, prizes, equipment and any thing else that can help enhance the competitions, and the competitors experience. 
If you think you can contribute, please contact the IMI on 01992 511521 or email skillauto@motor.org.uk