The search for the UK’s best young automotive technicians has entered its final phase with the announcement of the finalists in the Institute of the Motor Industry’s SkillAuto competition.
Six Autotech competitors will advance to the final at the Birmingham NEC to compete for gold at the UK Skills Show in November. Around 100,000 people are expected to visit the Skills Show, which provides a platform for the best of the nation’s young talent, as well as giving visitors the chance to “have a go” at new skills and gain careers advice.
Competition tasks for the Autotech finalists include a timing belt change on a Land Rover TD4 engine, transmission reassembly, a detailed inspection of a Jaguar XJ and various fault diagnosis activities. The objective of all tasks is to test candidate’s ability to work on real world challenges under the time pressures of a busy workshop.
Steve Nash, the IMI’s Chief Executive, said: “SkillAuto is placing the spotlight on the importance of skills in the motor industry. Many people are still unaware of the technical complexity of modern vehicles and the high level of skills required. The young people that have reached the final are role models for future generations of automotive professionals.
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