A young budding HiQ apprentice has been awarded the Ryan Williams Memorial shield for outstanding achievement. Gytis Tumasonis, who works at HiQ Helston won the award while studying IMI Level 2 at Helston Community College.

IMI Level 2 is an intensive course that is delivered over one year to ready students for the automotive industry. Students who follow the course can expect to move into career options based upon motor vehicle repairs and industries utilising mechanical skills.

Justin Roberton owner of HiQ Helston where Gytis currently works said: “Since Gytis joined us he has done nothing but impress, he shows exemplary application and delivers top class customer service for someone of his age. The hard work that he put in while studying really shows, we are delighted to have working with us, he is now a valued member of our team and we would like to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.”

The award is handed out every year to one student whose work ethic and skills are to an exemplary standard. The shield was set up in memory of Helston Community College student Ryan Williams who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2005.

Originally from Lithuania, Gytis followed by saying: “It is amazing to be honoured with this award, it reflects all the effort I have put in over the last year. Helston College really helped me develop the foundation of skills I need to succeed in the Automotive industry. Now, I am proud to be an apprentice at HiQ Helston, it will provide me with the real life work experience that I need to take my skills and knowledge to the next level.”