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UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

The UK Garage & Bodyshop Event has been commended for its successful ‘SHOW MAKER’ initiative as part of its participation in School of Thought’s Ambassador Programme, which saw 15 enthusiastic students gain invaluable work experience.

The initiative reflects the event organiser’s commitment to supporting the next generation of automotive professionals, providing the students with a variety of tasks and roles throughout the show.

As part of the programme, the students, donned in their distinctive ‘SHOW MAKER’ T-shirts, engaged with exhibitors, helped visitors, assisted in various operational aspects of the event, and gained first-hand experience in the automotive industry.

Each student received a certificate of participation, a valuable addition to their CVs, highlighting their involvement in the successful event.

Alex Jones, Marketing Director of Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event, said: “A huge thanks to Sandwell College for helping give these 15 students the chance to participate. All of the SHOW MAKERS were a valuable addition to the team, and I’d like to thank them for their support on behalf of Messe Frankfurt. This initiative not only supports the students’ growth but also highlights the importance of bringing fresh talent into the industry.”

The ‘SHOW MAKERs’ included: Barry Alhassane, Akeel Ali, Ryan Bradshaw, Ebrima Ceesay, Connor Day, Marwan Hussein, Kelechil Ifendu, Rishab Langi, Prince-Armani Mbuyamb, Stephen Odiase, Sahil Pal, Callum Riley, Juan-Carlos Srango and Jasvir Singh.

Dave Reece, founder of School of Thought, emphasised the significance of such initiatives: “Attracting young talent into the industry is crucial to help plug the skills gap. By offering these students a platform to gain practical experience, we are investing in the future of the automotive sector.”

School of Thought encourages all companies within the automotive industry to open up work experience opportunities. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Dave Reece at

UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

The UK Garage & Bodyshop Event was  held from 5-6 June 2024 at NEC, Birmingham.

Automechanika Birmingham will return in 2025.

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