During November, thousands of enthusiastic youth academics across the country embarked on a journey to WorldSkills UK Live – the UK’s largest careers event developed to showcase a wide variety of available professions. Spanning over 4 halls, career paths showcased ranged from hair and design, fashion, robotics to forensics.
One particular career path on show was that of the automotive industry. Automotive pathways included apprenticeships with top manufacturers like BMW and Land Rover, automotive repair, design and finishing.
During the show, WorldSkills UK Live hosted the annual IMI Skills Auto Careers Competition, developed to test and acknowledge the abilities of youth automotive students across the UK.
From the start of the year, hundreds of youth applicants have undergone rigorous testing in hope of becoming the UK’s 2018 champion in one of 4 streams; Auto Refinishing, Auto Technology, Heavy Vehicle Technology or Auto Body Repair.
The first round at the start of 2018 saw applicants undergo an online written aptitude test for their chosen stream. Successful applicants were invited to regional heats across the country.
Winning on a points-based system, semi-final regional heat winners were invited to the live finals at the WorldSkills UK Live exhibition on 6th – 7th November.
During the 2-day show, the finalists were tested with three 2-hour practical tests on both days. During each test, youth finalists were marked using the point-based system on their ability to appropriately diagnose, solve and fix cars.
Tests provided were varied and included for example; a Ferrari that required competitors to analyse, test and fix wheel alignment issues, identifying engine faults using diagnostic equipment (pictured top-right), and electrical faults on a vehicle (pictured left).
Autologic were proud to sponsor the competition by providing youth competitors with not only the use of an AssistPlus diagnostic system throughout the competition, but also with training to ensure AssistPlus could be used to its full capability across the 2-days. The training provided competitors with an essential product insight for the competition and also valuable diagnostic equipment knowledge for them to take forward in their automotive careers.
Autologic would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of the IMI SkillsAuto Careers Competition 2018.