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Motor Vehicle student William Stewart will be representing West College Scotland this Friday (May 19th) when he takes part in the Refinishing National Qualifier of the World Skills Competition at 3M’s Automotive Refinish Centre (ARC) in Atherstone.

World Skills Student William Stewart Res

The one-day competition brings together students from across the country and consists of five practical tasks: one of 2 hours duration and four of 45 minutes duration, task on selected refinishing skill areas. During the competition Willian will have the opportunity to display various skills he has learnt so far on his course, such as: preparing, painting, and polishing a wing; using a spray gun and a colour match check.

William commented:

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the experience, it will be a great opportunity to showcase my skills and will give me a better insight into the industry as I’ll be challenged to carry out five tasks in a short time period which you would have to do within real-life work”.

After first completing his Level 1 IMI Diploma in Vehicle Body Repair 10 years ago, William decided to come back to West College Scotland to up-skill and learn more about modern motor vehicle techniques. Currently studying on Level 2, William plans to further expand his skillset and progress to Level 3 Vehicle Body Repair next year.

Ryan Horn, CQL Motor Vehicle, commented: “I am delighted William agreed to enter the World Skills competition. After the last couple of years, it’s great to be involved again in these events to showcase the talented students within our Automotive department. William has demonstrated the required level of skills and knowledge during his time with us and is now being recognised at the highest level. I wish him success at the National qualifiers but know he is already a winner reaching the last 18 of this prestigious competition.”

We wish William the best of luck for the National Qualifiers and can’t wait to hear all about the experience!

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