SERC apprentice Michael Kelly has won the Heavy Vehicle Autotech Finals 2017 which were held at South West College, Omagh. With classmate Pearce Crossey from Lisburn taking fourth spot.
Michael a third year apprentice from Ballynahinch, competed against the top apprentices in Northern Ireland. During the competition the duo had to complete six practical tests and a theory test, including a safety inspection, engine mechanics, fault diagnosis, wheel alignment and chassis electrical fault.
The apprentices qualified for the inter-college regional final by winning an in-house competition amongst their classmates, which tested suitability for competition-style assessment and performance. Michaels employers RK Trucks Carryduff, have been supportive of his studies and have encouraged him throughout his time with the company. They presented him with £100 for winning the prestigious final. Michael will now travel to Canada as part of his prize.
Having reflected on his experience, Michael said, "It was a great experience for me to take part and was even better that I won. The training provided by the College over the past few years definitely helped me during the competition and, claiming top spot has given me the confidence to progress my career."
Lecturer James McClure said, "Both apprentices have worked hard throughout the term and are now being rewarded for that hard work. Michael fully deserves this accolade and he has a bright future ahead of him in this industry."
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