Automotive students move up a gear at first practical skills test at Broadstairs campus
Skilled automotive students were firing on all cylinders as Broadstairs hosted the first practical round of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Skills Auto Competition.
The inter-county competition featured six tasks: vehicle and steering inspection, electric diagnostics, brake electrical and inspection, and engine measurements.
Talented students had the tough challenge of completing each task in 20 minutes under the eye of a judge from the local IMI member association.
The practical test replaces an online questionnaire to better prepare students for World Skills competitions.
The new format also helps to discover top new talent within the industry, covering areas such as automotive body repair, vehicle refinishing, automotive technology and heavy vehicles.
Motorsport Level 3 student, Joe Green, studies in Broadstairs. He said: “It was a very good experience and will be a helpful addition to my CV as I am hoping to either go on to university or become an apprentice.”
North Kent College’s Thomas Sachs and John Clarke came first and second in the competition.
Thomas said: “The experience today was wonderful and I am delighted to have won the competition and look forward to competing at the national finals."