A skills competition run by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been won by a Scania apprentice.

In fact, the winner was actually George Hinkley, Scania UK’s current apprentice of the year!

 In order to win the UK prize, the South Mimms-based technician was put through his paces.

He beat tough competition to claim the top prize in the Heavy Vehicle Technology category. 

As a result, will now go on to represent the UK team at a higher level.

Specifically, he will be competing at the WorldSkills International finals in Lyon, France, in September 2024.

Furthermore, he will be one of 23 apprentices representing the UK at the French event.

After triumphing at the skills competition, Hinkley was understandably shocked. 

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he admitted. 

“I was confident in my ability and how I had done throughout the competition, but to win is truly amazing.”

Hinkley and the other finalists battled it out across two days of practical competition at Cardiff and Vale College. 

For example, each competitor completed six practical technical challenges in front of a team of volunteer judges.

 Aaron McGrath, head of people development at Scania UK, was delighted with the performances.

“George is an inspiration for other budding technicians,” he stated. 

“Therefore, I’m pleased his skills have been recognised at a national level.”

Continuing, McGrath said: “The fact he’s representing Scania UK and Remit at the WorldSkills International finals in Lyon next year is fantastic. 

“We want our apprentices to be involved in the IMI’s and WorldSkills’ competitions every year.

“Hopefully, one of our superstar technicians leading the way.”

More than 500 students and apprentices began the IMI’s Skills Competition more than a year ago. 

In total, four categories were included: Light Vehicle Technology; Body Repair; Refinishing and Heavy Vehicle Technology.