Two talented Motor Vehicle apprentices from Coleg Llandrillo's Rhyl campus have successfully made it through to the IMI Skill Auto national qualifiers, and are now one step closer to winning 'Gold' at 'World Skills UK Live' and being crowned the best new talent in the industry!

Nineteen-year-olds Brandon Taylor from Prestatyn and Tiler Moorcroft-Jones from Wrexham both qualified for IMI's 2020 Skills Auto competition after impressing in the preliminary stages.

No strangers to accolades, apprentices Brandon and Tiler scooped the gold and bronze medals respectively in the 'Automotive Body Repair' category at the national Skills Competition Wales 2018/2019 finals.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and working to the latest Government guidelines and safety advice, IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) had to adapt the way in which its Skill Auto competitions are being delivered this year.

As a result, the IMI Skill Auto competition national qualifiers will be held remotely. The qualifiers are a search for automotive excellence within the UK and are aimed at students and apprentices studying towards a Level 3 qualification in either Automotive Technology, Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Refinishing or Heavy Vehicle Engineering.

During the national qualifiers, the students will be set challenges designed to test their skills across areas including vehicle inspection, engine mechanical, transmission, braking systems and body electrical.

The top performing students at the national skills competition qualifiers then go on to WorldSkills UK Live in November, held annually at the NEC, Birmingham. The two Coleg Llandrillo students, who qualified through different entry routes - national aptitude tests and regional qualifying competitions - will now compete against their peers from colleges and training academies from across the UK.

WorldSkills UK Live is the nation's largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of a new generation. Attracting nearly 80,000 visitors annually, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.

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