IMI skills champions revealed: 24 students and apprentices advance to national finals


The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced the finalists for the IMI Skills Competitions following the national qualifier events in May and June.

Students and apprentices, nominated by their tutors or employers, have been selected under four key specialisms: body repair, refinishing, light vehicle technology, and heavy vehicle technology. The 24 finalists will compete in the live national finals from November 18-22.

Richard Hutchins, IMI Skills Competitions manager, said: “The finalists include career changers, industry returners, and, for the first time, two women in the refinishing stream. Each finalist stood out for their focus, overcoming personal hurdles, and commitment to improving their skills for the benefit of the industry.

“With the automotive sector facing ongoing recruitment challenges, as highlighted by our ‘There’s More to Motor’ campaign, spotlighting those pursuing and achieving a career in the sector is vital to attract new talent. This group is an inspiration to current employees and the next generation considering a career in automotive.”

The winners of the four specialisms will be announced at a medal ceremony at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on November 22. Eligible winners will also have the chance to progress to Squad UK and represent Team UK in EuroSkills 2025 in Herning, Denmark, and WorldSkills International 2026 in Shanghai, China.



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