National Recognition For Top Technicians

Top Technician 2006


Top Technician 2006 has joined forces with Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) to offer unsurpassed value to entrants and their employers. In a competition first, those scoring top marks will be invited to attend a free training seminar and practical assessment and could walk away with Level 2 of Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA).

Every entrant or nominated technician will receive a question paper between now and December 2005. Marks will be collated and in January 2006, the top scoring 36 technicians will be invited to attend a free training seminar, hosted by technical specialist MototeK. It will tackle the subject of modern vehicle technology and will be followed by a series of practical assessments.

The practical assessments will be held in association with Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). This means that all of the 36 regional entrants who are successful in the practical tests will be awarded the coveted ‘Diagnostic Technician’ ATA, at no cost to the technician or employer.

Says Stuart Brooks, Head of Public Relations, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI),

"Top Technician is a showcase for recognising skilled individuals who work in an increasingly complex environment. Its focus towards best practice and outstanding technical competence reflects the objectives of the industry’s new Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) initiative, which has become an integral part of Top Technician for 2006."

He continues, "As the governing body for ATA, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) believes that this partnership will further broaden awareness of ATA as a means of clearly identifying skilled and currently competent individuals, as well as engaging businesses in staff development and elevating the status of accredited individuals."

Dave Garratt will work alongside managing director of MototeK, Peter Coombes, to whittle down the 36 technicians. The top twelve will be invited to the Automotive Trade Show at the end of April for the final, knowledge based tests. The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony, to be held in May 2006. He or she will take the top prize of £2,000 (tax free) and the title of ‘Top Technician 2006’. Further prizes will include the opportunity to be assessed for Level 3 of ATA, ‘Master Technician’.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, simply log on to the web site

This year’s competition is sponsored by Automotive Skills, Bosch, LuK and Vauxhall Trade Club.

12 October 2005 Staff

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