Motoring apprentice scheme opens

Motoring apprentice scheme opens

Young apprentices will be showing off their skills in a competition run by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

The 2014 SkillAuto competition tests apprentices in the fields of Autobody, Autorefinishing and Autotech, with a place in the November final up for grabs as part of the Skills Show at the NEC.

It has been confirmed that Jaguar Land Rover will once again be hosting the Autotech heats at its academy in Warwickshire, while 3M will also again be hosting the Autorefinishing heats at its Atherstone training centre.

Automotive apprentices are required to take part in online tests that determine who progresses to the live heats, which are held between May and June.

The event aims to offer a chance for people to see the future stars of the industry, from top motor mechanics to engineers and designers.

Last year's Skills Show at the NEC attracted over 80,000 visitors, acting as a showcase for some of the country's most skilled apprentices.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "The RAC has long supported young mechanics and automotive enthusiasts, so the news that thousands of young people will once again attend the SkillAuto competition is really encouraging news."

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