Nationwide Technician Lewis ‘up-skill-ing’ his game ahead of IMI Skills Auto Competition

November 15, 2016

Nationwide Technician Lewis Owers has made it as finalist in the IMI Skills Auto 2016 competition.

Lewis Owers, MET Panel Technician at Nationwide Swavesey has made it to the finals of the IMI Skills Auto Competition which will take place at the NEC during the World Skills Show this week. Much to the delight of Nationwide CEO, Michael Wilmshurst, who was ‘thrilled to hear the news that Lewis has made it as a finalist.’

Lewis’s ability is highly rated by fellow colleagues who have commented that not only his skill level is very good but ‘he has the right attitude and great personality.’ Lewis’s has worked closely with fellow Technicians at Swavesey, Steve Dory, in particularly who has mentored and coached him for the past four years.

After being put forward to the competition by his Territory Manager, Paul Ostojic, Lewis cruised through the qualifying competition finishing up as one of the top performers allowing him to go onto the Finals this week. In the build up to the event, Lewis’s has been taking full advantage of Nationwide’s in house Technical Training Facility, utilising it for extra panel training and upskilling sessions to enhance his chances in the competition.

To aid Lewis’s preparation, Ryan Jones, from Nationwide Just Car Clinics Hinckley has been giving Lewis some valuable advice leading up to the event. Ryan represented the company in the Finals of the World Skills event in Sao Paulo, Brazil last year. Since the IMI Skills Auto National Final forms part of the selection process for World Skills, Ryan gave Lewis a whole host of advice and tips learnt from his own experience of these events.

Speaking after meeting Ryan and the Training Centre sessions Lewis said, ’The sessions have been very beneficial, I’ve got a feel for how to perform at the competition.

‘The Technical Trainers have given me some great technical pointers and advice on how to approach certain tasks. Ryan has also offered me some helpful tips on coping with the pressure of competition, for example; stick to the plan, make sure I stay calm and focus on my own work.’

The IMI Skills Auto Finals for Automotive Body Repair consist of six tasks of various duration, spread over two days. They are designed to assess the knowledge and skills of technicians working towards, or at, a Level 3 Body Repair Vocational qualification as a minimum. Lewis will carry out practical activities and apply industry approved repair techniques and procedures on vehicles and body panels.

Everyone at Nationwide wants to wish Lewis every success at the IMI Skills Auto Finals.

The Nationwide team will not only be supporting Lewis, but as a part of their passion for bringing the next generation of talent into our industry will be exhibiting at the NEC as part of the World Skills event.

An expected 75,000 visitors will attend the event on the 17th & 19th November and Nationwide will be showcasing their Apprenticeship and career opportunities across the group to tens of thousands of young people and adults.