Spraying cars for a living has turned from a dream to reality for a 21 year old Deaf man from Boroughbridge and he has now been awarded an industry accolade for his work.

Joseph Brown, a former residential student at Communication Specialist College Doncaster (CSCD), was given the award for his skills in paint work from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and named the overall winner at the event by the Federation of the Motor Industry. The awards were presented by Prince Michael of Kent who was very impressed with Joseph.

Follow successful work placements, Joseph took up his first full time job in July last year at James Wood Automotive Refinishers Ltd in Knaresborough North Yorkshire and has recently been recognised at the IMI’s Outstanding Achiever Awards ceremony.

He said; “I’m thrilled to have received the award for paintwork and to receive the Federation of the Motor Industry bursary. Working in this motor industry was something I always dreamed of, so to be recognised for my work is fantastic.

Joseph was at college for four years, he studied car body and spraying in his first two years at CSCD and in his third year he concentrated on spraying, with his final year involving an internship.

Andy Boothroyd, tutor at Communication Specialist College Doncaster, said: “We are all so proud of Joseph and what he has achieved.

“He worked hard at college and learned a lot from his tutors including Sanjay Topiwala, one of his main tutors, whose years of experience and expertise were used to give Joseph so much hands on help to reach a high standard. Sanjay also helped him to gain his additional custom paint qualification.

“It is fantastic to see that Joseph has used the skills he learned to do an outstanding job in his chosen career.”

The team at James Wood Automotive Refinishers have learned a number of basic signs from Joseph and they use pads and pens and a white board to communicate.

James Wood said: “We are extremely pleased that Joseph’s hard work has been rewarded in this way. He is a very dedicated and talented member of the team.

“Having a Deaf employee was a real unknown to us before Joseph and his family approached us. Thankfully his college came out and supported his work experience and his transition into work and we’ve never looked back.”