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Having fought through the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers and months of intensive training, 26 automotive apprentices and students from across the four Nations have made it through to The Skills Show final in front of 70,000 spectators held at the NEC in Birmingham (16-18th Nov).
The IMI Skill Auto competition, run-by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), is regulated by WorldSkills UK, which takes a radical approach to hothousing young talent to inspire the next generation and power UK industry post Brexit.
The ultimate victor will be the UK’s No.1 and stands a chance to represent the nation at WorldSkills, the largest international skills competition, in 2019 in Kazan, Russia.
“After the very high standard displayed by the competitors at the national qualifiers, this year’s final promises to be a closely fought contest for the medals. Myself and the IMI Skill Auto team are excited to see how these talented young individuals rise to the challenge before them and with the additional incentive of a potential place in the Team UK squad for Russia 2019, there is certainly everything to play for.”
“Congratulations to all of the finalists who will be competing at this year’s Skills Show.
“WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to enhance a person’s apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop key character and employability skills. By using knowledge gained from competing nationally and internationally, we know we are working to benchmarks that will equip more young people with the right skills to help UK businesses compete better globally.”