Former Leicester College motor vehicle body repair apprentice Ross Varnam vying for a place in WorldSkills Olympics 2011

Ross VarnamThe 21 year old from Glenfield shone in previous stages of the competition, gaining a place in the UKSkills squad, and will now be putting his skills to the test to represent the UK in the final team selection stages in the summer. If successful, Ross will compete in the WorldSkills competition in October 2011.

Ross was put forward for the competition by his employer, Parkers after becoming one of the six finalists in the Bodyshop magazine young body part technician of the year competition. He joined the company full-time after a successful work experience placement. They were so impressed with his attitude and potential, they appointed him as an apprentice. Four and a half years later, Ross is a Body Repair Technician. He said: “I’m really excited, it’s what I have been working towards for a while. I’m a competitive person and I see it as a chance to prove myself and what I can do.

“I would advise anyone to take an apprenticeship, being able to earn and support yourself while learning is the best way.”

Motor Vehicle Lecturer, Trevor Causon, said: “When Ross started the course, I saw he had potential, so it came as no surprise to hear about his success in the UKSkills competition. We were proud of him before the competition and we will support him however we can leading up to the WorldSkills event. He will no doubt do very well.”

Hassan Sardoiwala, Marketing and Promotions Development Manager from Parkers said: “The body repair industry is competitive and having Ross in the competition showcases the level of skills and expertise of our staff. We are very proud of Ross; it is something special to be in this competition.”