Your 2022 IMI Skills Competitions finalists…

Your 2022 IMI Skills Competitions finalists…

An amazing group of talented apprentices have been battling it out since February to win the 2022 IMI Skills Competitions. And the cream is rising to the top as we edge closer to the finals at the end of the year.

The IMI Skills Competitions encompasses four disciplines: Refinishing, Heavy Vehicles, Body Repair and Light Vehicle/Automotive Technology.

It began with employers and tutors nominating their brightest apprentices, took in an online knowledge quiz, with the top 84 taking part in six practical tasks in a one day live event.

Now it’s been narrowed down to the top six from each stream, representing the best new talent in the UK, all ready to take on the decisive challenge: the live final with six practical tasks in November. The winners taking home gold and the chance to represent the UK at World Skills International.

So, who’s in contention?


Name Employer Training Organisation
Liam Shipp FMG Repair Centre Thatcham Research
Dominic Everington AW Accident Repair Group Emtec
Adam Neville Charles Hurst Accident Repair Centre Riverpark Training
Bethany Creaser FMG Repair Centre Thatcham Research
Sion Lewis RGM body repairs Ltd Cardiff and Vale College
Jordan Zatac IRG Group Coleg Gwent-Newport

Heavy Vehicle

Name Employer Training Organisation
George Hinckley Scania Remit Training
Nicholas Garrtet   Gateshead College
Stephen Hill   Bridgend College
Aleksander Zielechowski MAN Truck and Bus Remit Training
Daniel Noddle Northside Truck and Van  
Max Winter   Skillnet

Body Repair

Name Employer Training Organisation
David McKeown James McKeown ARC Riverpark Training
Ieuan Morris-Brown IRG Group Cardiff and Vale College
Saul Dale The Vella Group Blackpool & the Fylde College
Omer Waheed Davies Motor Company Cardiff and Vale College
John Carlisle Dennison Accident Repair Riverpark Training
Ben Priestley Porters Bodyshop Riverpark Training

Light Vehicle/Automotive Technology

Name Employer Training Organisation
Jessica Brakenbury Lookers Ford Middlesbrough Skillnet
Ewan Grigor   Skillnet
Robert Griffin Cecil & Larter Volvo Bury St Edmunds Calex UK Ltd
Robert Aldours   Weston College
Coll Izatt Fife AutoTech Ltd Fife College
Charlie Taff-Lavill   South Devon College

Think you’ve got what it takes? Find out how you could be part of the IMI Skills Competitions and you could be the star of 2023

Automotive is changing and the IMI wants to help you make the shift. If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch on +44 (0)1992 519025, or send an email to and we’ll try our best to help.

With my very best wishes

Richard Hutchins - IMI Competitions Manager