Motor vehicle student McKay Thompson (right) receives his tool kit from John Concannon from JTL Training

The fast reactions of a motor vehicle student at City of Wolverhampton College have won him a pile of tools in a competition at a national exhibition.

McKay Thompson, aged 20, took part in an engineering skills challenge run by Carillion at the national apprenticeship show in Birmingham and claimed the prize after coming tops out of over 100 entries.

Competitors had to work against the clock to replicate a design made of plumbing pipes and fixings, with McKay completing the task in just 22 seconds.

His efforts won him a starter kit of Klein Tools – comprising screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench, spirit level and tape measure in a carry case – worth around £200.  

McKay, who is studying for a Level 2 diploma in motor vehicle service and repair, said: “I had to think quickly and logically to work out how I was going to complete the task in a timely manner, all skills that will be extremely important when I am working in the motor vehicle industry when I have completed my qualifications.

“I’m proud that I beat so many other people to win the challenge and am really pleased with the tool kit which will be very useful indeed.”         

The kit was presented to McKay by John Concannon, business development advisor from JTL Training, which assists Carillion’s apprentice programme.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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