Contestants had to demonstrate outstanding technical expertise in repairing and replacing a windscreen, as well as replacing a side and heated rear window, all against the clock.
Coming out on top of a hard fought contest, Mark will join the winners of four other events to battle it out for the title of UK Master Fitter at the grand final being held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 16 September.
The overall champion will then represent the UK on a global stage in September at the 2010 International Master Fitter Championships, as part of the Glasstec International Trade Fair in Dusseldorf. It is expected that champions from up to fifteen nations will be participating.
Co-ordinated by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the glass and related industries, the UK Master Fitter competition aims to showcase the need for highly skilled people in response to the rapid advances in vehicle technology with glass becoming an increasingly important part of car construction.
UK Master Fitter is being supported by a number of organisations, including: the Independent Windscreen Academy (IWA); Master Auto Glass; Laddaw; Dow Automotive; Sika; and the Glass Qualifications Authority (GQA). The competition is being sponsored by Trico Products, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wiper blades and associated systems. Vehicles for the competition were supplied by Auto 2000 in Swansea.
After winning the event, Mark said:
“I have been doing the job for a number of years now but never been involved in a competition before, so I was feeling a bit nervous at first. After the last job I thought I had done okay but had no idea if I had done enough to win so when I was told I was very pleasantly surprised. The assessors really knew their stuff and gave me feedback to help me in my preparations for the UK final which I’m really looking forward to.”
To help Mark prepare for the final, he is undertaking a National Vocational Qualification in Automotive Glazing with the Independent Windscreen Academy.
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Notes to Editors:
For further information about the International Automotive Glass Federation™ and International Master Fitter, visit www.interautoglass.org
For further information about Trico products, visit www.trico.eu.com