The search for automotive excellence Competition for Students and Apprentices Studying towards Level 3 Qualification in Automotive Technology, Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle Engineering to find the best in the UK The competition


The competition lines are now open, to register your students and apprentices, click on the link below REGISTER INTEREST #SkillAuto2018


Over 300 took the online test, the top 84 took part in a one day practical at the National Finals, 24 went onto compete for Gold at the National Finals to become the UK Champion in Light Vehicle Technology, Body Repair, Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle Engineering! #SkillAuto2017

Results for the Skill Auto finalists at the Skills Show 2017

Skill Auto 2017 Results

Automotive Technology

  • GOLD - Damien Blaszczyk from South West College – Employed by Tyre Safety Centre
  • SILVER - Eoin McCloskey from North West Regional College – Employed by Desmond's Motor Ford Store
  • BRONZE – Christian Wilson from Central College Nottingham – Employed by Car-Tek Pinxton
  • Joshua Jones from Coleg Cambria – Employed by A.L Jones - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Declan Porter from North West Regional College – Employed by Donaghey's Garage - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Thomas Sach from North Kent College – Employed by Guy Salmon Maidstone - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED

Automotive Refinishing

  • GOLD – Conor McKevitt from Riverpark Training – Employed by Wrights Accident Repair - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • SILVER – Callum Green from Gateshead College – Employed by Chips Away - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • BRONZE – Dylan Russell from North West Regional College – Employed by Kerr Brother Auto Body - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Jordan Hemsley from Central College Nottingham – Employed by NK Motors - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Cory Maher from Cardiff and Vale College – Employed by Trade Centre Wales

Automotive Body Repair

  • GOLD – Cillian John Campbell from Riverpark Training- Employed by Wrights Accident Repair Centres Ltd
  • SILVER – Scott Patterson from Riverpark Training – Employed by TBR Accident Repair - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • BRONZE – Michael Kilner from Chesterfield College – Employed by Nationwide Just Car Clinic
  • Jordan Barlow from North West Regional College – Employed by Lloyd Cooke Motors - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Ruairi Hesketh from Riverpark Training – Employed by Isaac Agnew - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Callum Scothern from Central College Nottingham – Employed by Sytner Nottingham - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED

Heavy Vehicle Engineering

  • GOLD – Luke Copplestone from Scania (GB) Ltd – Employed by Scania GB - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • SILVER – Kieran Leyland from Stephenson College (Volvo Academy) – Employed by Ryder - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • BRONZE – Luke Hopkins from Stephenson College (Volvo Academy) – Employed by Wales and West Truck and Bus - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Tom Hill from Greenhous Commercials Ltd – Employed by Greenhous Commercials DAF - WORLD SKILLS SQUAD SELECTED
  • Andrew Jones-Lofting from Fife College – Employed by Fife Council
  • Andrew Kelly from City of Bristol College – Employed by Ford & Slater Coventry

5 Steps to win Gold in #SkillAuto

Step 1 – Get nominated online at WorldSkills with Engineering & Technology

SIGN ME UP FOR #SkillAuto2018

Step 2 – Complete the online test emailed to you by 7th April
Step 3 – Attend a 1 day National Qualifier held for each competition stream
Step 4 – Compete at the Live National Finals at WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE in November - Finals the WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE
Step 5 – Win GOLD!

The Competition

Online test dates 1st March – 7th April 2018 via the World Skills UK Website

  • Refinishing NQ's, 7-9 June 2017, Venue - 3M Technical Centre

    Refinishing NQ's
    30th May - 1st June

    Venue - 3M Technical Centre

  • Skill Auto: Tech National Qualifier's, 5-19 May 2017, Venue - Volkswagen Group Learning Centre

    Technology National Qualifier's
    11th - 15th June

    Venue - Ford Academy

  • Body NQ's, 21-23 June 2017, Venue - Babcock Technical Academy

    Body Repair NQ's
    27th - 29th June

    Venue - Nationwide Training & Development Centre

  • Heavy Vehicle Engineering, NQ's 5-7 July 2017, Venue – Volvo Training Academy, Stephenson College

    Heavy Vehicle Engineering NQ's
    18th - 20th July

    Venue – Scania GB

Final at WORLDSKILLS UK live 15-17 November 2018

Venue – NEC, Birmingham

WorldSkills UK Live

WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE, formerly know as the Skills Show, host the finals at the NEC from 15-17 November 2018. WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE is the nation's largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of a new generation. Attracting nearly 80,000 visitors annually, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.


Upcoming events

WORLDSKILLS KAZAN 2019 (18-23 August 2019)

World Skills

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Skill Auto finalists that are age eligible may have the opportunity to be a selected for World Skills in Kazan, Russia.

The WorldSkills Competition is our flagship event, held every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skill competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They are all under the age of 23 years. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.

One of the main legacies of the WorldSkills Competitions is to give visibility and importance to professional education, as one of the true tools of socioeconomic transformation.

The Competition also provides leaders in industry, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. New ideas and processes inspire school-aged youth to dedicate themselves to technical and technological careers and towards a better future.


Look back at 2017 Skill Auto

The IMI Skill Auto competitions set out to identify the most talented young apprentices working in the automotive sector. Run annually they are designed to raise standards, esteem and levels of expertise in technical skills across four streams of competition, Automotive Technology, Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle Engineering. 2017 proved to be an exceptional year with the introduction of Heavy Vehicle Engineering as a full competition cycle, sponsored by IRTE, and the introduction of new challenges for our competitors in all areas.

From an initial entry of over 300, 84 individuals took part in the practical heats in the Spring with only 24, 6 from each skill area, being invited to the national finals and the possibility of becoming UK champion.

On 16th November everything was in place and the competition began. The next two days saw outstanding performances by our finalists who worked under extreme pressure in front of 72,000 visitors to complete the tasks we'd set before the gold, silver and bronze medallists were announced at a celebration event after the show ended.

Take a look back at the highlights of the Skill Auto competition.

Steve Nash, CEO at the IMI

The apprentices competing at The Skills Show highlight the extraordinary talent that has been created with the support of employers and training providers, along with the passion and enthusiasm of young people themselves. With careers advice in schools and colleges being of variable quality, The Skills Show is a great opportunity for young people and their parents to see the opportunities available within the vocational arena.

Michael Massey, Gold Medalist, Automotive Refinishing from Alton Cars

The finals were so well organised, which is a credit to the organisers. They made it so easy for us to know what was required and where we needed to be and when. The hotel, food, travel arrangements and uniform provided were second to none and I'm genuinely thankful for being given the chance to be a part of it.

Neilson Jones, Group Commercial Director at Alton Cars

We couldn't quite believe the scale of the whole event on Thursday and it is definitely something we would like to be more regularly involved with moving forwards. Mike is a huge asset to our business, and seeing the event first hand gives you a clear indication that there are many more young people out there who are focussed and driven to succeed.

Shawn Dyson, Gold Medalist, Automotive Body Repair from Chartwell Derby

I was ecstatic when I heard my name called out. I was so proud, my mentor was in tears. I enjoyed the competition very much. I felt supported and it was a great experience, a real challenge and it pushed me forward improving my knowledge and skills.

Chris Brightmore, CEO at Chartwell Derby

I wanted this for Shawn as he deserves it. His work ethic and attitude are fantastic. He is the next generation for us and we need talent like him in our business. I will encourage more of our apprentices to enter the contest next year because I want all our apprentices and juniors to become the very best they can and celebrate the skills they have learnt and appreciate how important they are.

2018 Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 IMI Skill Auto competition are available. For more information, please contact:
David Massie, Skills Competition Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1313 314678
Mobile: +44 (0) 7717 445156