Industry Award for Auto Students

GOTT Technical Services, the North East’s leading vehicle equipment supplier, has announced the winners of its second annual Gott’s Golden Garages awards – designed to recognise future talent and best practice throughout the automotive sector.

Towards the end of 2013, the family-run business called for workers in the trade and customers to nominate a garage or an individual employee for excellent service in maintenance, management and training across the North of England.

After receiving a number of entries across the six categories, Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott and his team selected the winners who stood out from the rest of the competition.

Two rising stars were recognised in this year’s competition. Stephen Scott was awarded Star Student of the Year for the improvement he has made at Gateshead College, which has continuously impressed tutors, and young industry newcomer Orin Rowe was awarded Apprentice of the Year.

Last year, Orin came first place in Gott Technical Services’ competition to design a new tool for the workshop while studying at Gateshead College and as a result, completed a two week placement at a Benfield Motor Group dealership. He has since taken up the role of a full-time technician at mobile body repair specialist The Alloy Wheel Specialist.

Also recognised in the awards were Dean Mavin of G.K. Jackson & Sons, June Appleyard and Jade Tiffin of Jennings Washington and “best overall garage” went to Benfield Toyota and Lexus Leeds.

Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott said: “The standard of applications this year has set the bar high, and we found it difficult to choose individual winners. Each of this year’s winners has shown consistent hard work, dedication and a passion for their field of work.

“Gott’s Golden Garages has once again been a highly successful competition, recognising the wealth of talent that exists in the North of England’s automotive industry. We’re look forward to celebrating with this year’s winners, and continuing the annual search to find the very best industry talent.”