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Greenock Motor Vehicle student, Darren Coia has advanced to the final 18 in the esteemed Institute of Motor Industry Skills Refinishing competition. The prestigious event sets apart the most talented young apprentices working in the automotive sector.

Darren Coia

Run annually the national competition sees students showcase their technical skills across four streams of competition, automotive technology, automotive body repair, automotive refinishing and heavy vehicle technology.

Darren, who is studying his IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles has displayed exceptional skills and dedication which have distinguished him among over 600 competitors nationwide. His journey to the finals involved excelling in multiple qualifying rounds, culminating in the national qualifiers in Coventry this May.

Darren, 33, expressed his pride and excitement:

"I am very proud and feel privileged to have made it to the final. West College Scotland has provided me with great opportunities to progress, and this achievement is a significant milestone for me. I enjoy the attention to detail required in refinishing, and I am hopeful that this experience will help me secure a job in the industry."

Curriculum Quality Leader, Ryan Horn, who nominated Darren for the competition, praised his commitment and determination: "We are delighted for Darren. His place in the final 18 is well-deserved, and it's gratifying to see a student so dedicated to learning and excelling. This achievement will be a great advantage as he seeks employment."

The competition required Darren to demonstrate both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in tasks such as polishing, plastic repair, and colour matching. Well Done Darren!