Gifted Wisbech teenager comes face to face with royalty after national awards success

Callum Johnson with Prince Michael of Kent.

Callum Johnson with Prince Michael of Kent. - Credit: Archant

A former College of West Anglia Isle Campus student came face to face with royalty after coming second in a prestigious nationwide motor vehicle skills competition.

Callum at work.

Callum at work. - Credit: Archant

Callum Johnson, of Wisbech, was runner-up in the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) awards’ outstanding technical student - paint category.

He was presented with a certificate by Prince Michael of Kent at a ceremony at Fanshaws conference centre, Hertfordshire.

The awards saw 90,000 students competing for the different engineering accolades.

Earlier this year the 18-year-old, who works in one of the town’s garages, came fourth in the Worldskills awards in the vehicle painting category.

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Bob Whalley, his lecturer and mentor at the college, said Mr Johnson’s award was a huge achievement with so many students competing for the honours.

Mr Johnson praised his former tutor and the college at Wisbech.

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He said: “He and the college helped me to achieve so much.”

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