Friday 23 July 2010

National recognition for talented technician

A 22-year-old Volkswagen apprentice from East Kilbride has achieved national recognition for his automotive skills, all before he has graduated.

Paul Simpson, who joined the Glasgow Verve Van Centre in 2006 became a finalist at the national Skillauto Automobile Technology Awards, which identifies and promotes exceptional talent in the automotive industry, while completing his four year apprenticeship programme.

The ambitious Volkswagen apprentice is no stranger to a challenge having already claimed the prestigious title of, Student of the Year, while attending Motherwell College.

Paul successfully completed a series of heats across three disciplines; autobody repair, car painting and automobile technology which tested his knowledge and skills. The Volkswagen star beat over 600 entrants to secure his finalist status.

Speaking of his latest achievement, Paul said: “I am delighted to have reached the final six. It was certainly a tough challenge but one that I thrived on.

“I am really grateful to Verve Van Centre which has supported me in so many ways from extra training to regular encouragement.”

The UK annual Skillauto Automobile Technology Award is designed to search for technical excellence within the automotive sector and is jointly sponsored by Industry of Motor Industry Awards and Castrol Profession.

Sharon Paterson, brand manager at Verve Van Centre, said: “Paul is our latest young superstar. He completes his apprenticeship with us in September but he has already achieved so much. He is a excellent role model for our future apprentices.

“His dedication to his profession is outstanding and he fully deserves to have reached the finals being the only Scottish representative makes it if even better.”

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