Callum sprays his way to success

Callum Johnson
Callum Johnson

Motor vehicle body paint student Callum Johnson from the Isle Campus of the College of West Anglia entered the regional heats of the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition.

Callum (17) from Wimblington skilfully spray painted his way into this exciting national competition becoming the first ever student from the college to do so.

The WorldSkills UK is a portfolio of skills competition managed by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with organisations from industry and education. With the aim of recognising the variety of vocational skills young people are working towards.

Over 50 skilful competitors took part in the regional heats held in Warwickshire last month. Callum was voted one of the best in the country, finishing 4th overall, which is an amazing achievement and a testament to his hard-work, techniques and skills he has acquired during his course. He is now waiting to hear if he has acquired enough points to take him into the national finals to be held later in the year.

“WorldSkills UK competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career as an automotive car painting specialist. The competitors had to demonstrate their problem solving, time management and planning skills, as well as their technical ability”, explained Bob Whalley, Callum’s tutor and mentor.

“This was the first time the motor vehicle paint and body department entered a WorldSkills and staff and fellow students are so proud of what Callum has achieved.”

The competition consists mainly of practical work and included tasks such as removing paint, marking out and replacing vehicle body parts, preparing vehicle surfaces, treating the vehicle with protection chemicals, applying prime coats and removing rust. Competitors had to prepare the surface to be sprayed and make sure that the paint they use has been mixed and prepared properly to produce or match the right colour for the vehicle.