Delaney wins gold at SkillAuto

Kia apprentice scoops gong at skills contest

Skill Auto 2013

Published:  19 November, 2013

DARELL Delaney, an apprentice from Norfolk Motor Company Kia scooped the gold medal in AutoTech at the IMI's SkillsAuto competition on Saturday 16.

Meanwhile, Matthew Bailey, from RGM Vehicle Body Repair in Swansea, won Autobody gold, whilst the top prize for Autopaint went to James Grayson of S&G Coachworks Chesterfield. Bentley has also invited the winners to tour their facility in Cheshire.

The contest took place at The Skills Show held at the NEC Birmingham from 14th-16th November. Over 100,000 visitors attended the event, which provides a platform for the best of the nation's young talent to compete in 70 fields, including the three represented in SkillAuto, as well as giving visitors the chance to have a go at new skills and gain careers advice.

Eighteen competitors took part in the SkillAuto final, after battling through an online test stage and live heats against competitors from all over the country. Organised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), SkillAuto is a national competition which seeks to find the best young automotive technicians in a knockout competition. The competitor's skills were put to the test over two days, where their expertise in their chosen fields was judged by industry experts in front of a live audience.

David Massie, the IMI's Skills Competition Manager, said: "This UK-wide competition is an important showcase for apprenticeships in the motor industry and I have no doubt that it has inspired a whole new generation to consider a career in our exciting sector."

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