Automotive apprentice, Stuart Graham Davidson has proved he is grease lightening when it comes to body repair, taking the top spot at the recent IMI Outstanding Achievers Awards.
The national awards, which celebrate the achievements of automotive professionals, students and training providers, was held for the first time at the Heritage Moor Centre in Warwickshire.
Stuart, 20 from Brampton, was nominated by the College for his exceptional enthusiasm and attitude. He attended the College’s Automotive Centre one day a week, whilst working at Thompson Accident Repair Centre in Carlisle. Despite the long commute, Stuart’s attendance and timekeeping was excellent. Automotive Lecturer and WorldSkills Trainer, Rod Reed quickly spotted Stuart’s potential and trained him up to the highest standards. Because of this and the support he received from employer, Angela Thompson, Stuart has also successfully progressed to the WorldSkills final in Birmingham in November.
Stuart was one of nine winners chosen from over 120,000 IMI qualification learners and 30,000 IMI accreditation holders. He was presented with his award by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, who is Patron of the IMI Group. During the event he described winners as “future leaders and current role models in the sector”.
The Outstanding Achievers Awards showcase dedication and hard work that is taking place across the entire industry, including students and apprentices who have shown exceptional passion and aptitude for their studies and, for the first time this year, practising automotive professionals who set the benchmark for others working in the sector in terms of skills and professionalism.
Speaking at the event IMI CEO Steve Nash commented: “The winners represent the calibre of individual we believe the motor industry needs to lead it into the future. These individuals are the shining lights and future stars of the sector. Many of them have overcome adversity to reach where they are now and have demonstrated extraordinary effort in order to reach their goals. We know they will go on to raise standards and inspire others to take up careers in the sector.”
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