Gateshead College Competition

A competition for Gateshead College students set by Gott Technical Services culminated in a presentation and a visit to one of the winning students taking up their placement prize in a North East dealership.

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The automotive design competition saw students across all year groups at the college’s Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics, pair up in the hope of winning a placement opportunity with both Gott Technical Services and Benfield Motor Group.


Students were asked to design a piece of garage equipment that would facilitate the work that garage owners and technicians carry out on a day-to-day basis. Orin Rowe and Sean Patton were announced as the winners with ‘Magni-Mate' – a magnetic tool holder invention that would help to avoid tools getting lost or misplaced in the workshop.

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Just missing out on the top spot were runners-up Jason O’Neil and Josh Anderson who designed ‘the Paint Suit’, and Jack Lowes and Mitchell Shalgosky who designed the ‘Nut-buster 1000’.

While Orin and Sean, both 18-years-old from Gateshead, took up their work experience at Benfield dealerships, the runners-up were given certificates and Halfords vouchers in a presentation at the college at the end of April.

ImageOn hearing he had received first place, Orin said: “I was shocked that there wasn’t already something like our product in the marketplace as it’s so simple but effective. I don’t just see it as relevant for car workshops but for manufacturing and other types of workshops – a multi-industry design.

Orin has completed a week’s placement at Benfield Renault Nissan in Gateshead, where he started off on mechanical work – including carrying out pre-delivery inspections and servicing – and moved across to bodyshop. The bodywork involved preparing vehicles by rubbing down paintwork, basic panel repairs and alloy wheel refurbishment.

Image During Orin’s placement, service manager Jeanette Hawdon said: “Orin has shown great enthusiasm and a real thirst for learning. He has particularly excelled on the bodyshop as a result of his academic knowledge and feeling comfortable in that area.


Jeanette continued: “He gets on with everyone and he has really settled in to the friendly environment, chatting to everyone. Orin has been punctual all week as well. We are really pleased that we could give him the opportunity.”


Orin said: “The activities I have taken on – especially those in cosmetic repair – have helped me to extend the skills we are currently building in college. It has been a great way to get my foot in the door with a local dealership and add real industry experience onto my CV.”

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