Having completed an online test, followed by a 1-day national qualifier in the ‘Auto refinishing’ category of the national IMI Skill Auto 2017 awards, Callum Green – employee at ChipsAway North Tyneside Car Care Centre, has secured his place in the final, which is due to be held at The NEC, Birmingham on 16-18th November!
Callum, who is just 19 years old, has been working for ChipsAway North Tyneside for the past 3 years, as part of an apprenticeship scheme through Gateshead College, which also happens to be an Automotive Centre of Excellence. Having now just completed his NVQ Level 3 in Paint and Body Refinishing, the college put Callum forward for these awards, as he’s shown a clear talent for it!
Not only has Callum impressed his college, but he has also made a great impression on employer Garry Charlton and customers alike!
Commenting on his employee’s success, Garry says, “I’m hugely proud of Callum making it through to the final 6 in his category, and know he has exactly what it takes to go all the way and win the competition! His repairs are always spot on and he takes great pride in his work, which my customers are extremely pleased with day in, day out!
“I also couldn’t recommend apprenticeship schemes more – it’s been the perfect balance for both Callum and I, and it gives me a great amount of pride to see him doing so well.”
The National Qualifiers stage was held in June at a 3M technical centre, where Callum competed against 17 others in 3 heats, each completing a panel repair under the critical eyes of no less than six judges! And although there was stiff competition, they felt Callum had an edge and put him through, with just five others, to the national final in the ‘Auto Refinishing’ category.
Callum comments, “I’m thrilled to have made it through to the last stage and now just can’t wait to try and win at the finals. It’s a tough competition, but hopefully I can impress the judges enough and can’t wait to show them just what I can do!”
The 3-day final will see Callum tested in the key areas of auto refinishing – from prepping and painting panels, blend and plastic panel repairs - to masking, colour matching and mixing, as well as applying specialist finishes. It will be a full on few days, but everyone in North Tyneside and ChipsAway will be routing for him to win – Good Luck Callum!
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Picture – Garry Charlton to the left, Callum Green to the right.