Callum is on the road to Russia

Callum Green at work with Garry Charlton.
Callum Green at work with Garry Charlton.

A talented automotive student is on the road to success after reaching the finals of an international competition.

Callum Green, from North Tyneside, will be part of a UK team competing in the auto refinishing category at the 45th WorldSkills Championships, which takes place in Kazan, Russia, from August 29 to September 3, 2019.

The Gateshead College student, who plies his trade at ChipsAway’s North Tyneside car care centre, has just completed an NVQ Level 3 in motor vehicle body repair and paint refinishing.

During the course, college tutors and ChipsAway boss Garry Charlton realised Callum’s talent and put him forward for WorldSkills, which sees participants from more than 70 countries competing.

The 20-year-old made it through several qualifying rounds, impressing in the regional finals before winning a silver medal in the WorldSkills UK finals at the NEC in Birmingham. At the national finals, he impressed judges in a series of challenges.

Callum said: “Now I’ve got the chance to test myself against the world’s best in Russia. It’s an unbelievable opportunity that would never have come about had I not been on the apprenticeship programme.”

Callum, who left school at 16, approached ChipsAway for a job and was advised by Garry to enrol on an apprenticeship at Gateshead College.

Garry said: “I’ve always favoured the apprenticeship route and the partnership with Gateshead College has been a huge benefit to my business.”

Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way of helping company owners grow their business through the development of new skills and ideas.

“The WorldSkills competition allows Callum to compete against the best in the industry and both Gateshead College and ChipsAway will support him in his preparation for Russia.”