Michael Purcell from Toyota Edinburgh West has claimed the top honours in the Toyota Skills Competition.
Michael was named winner for Toyota after beating seven regional finalists in a day of practical skills tests. This year’s contest was open to Toyota Licensed Technicians and was the fifteenth Toyota Technician Skills competition. The first was held in 1984 in the UK and was the first in Europe. To win the competition Michael had to complete two rounds of question papers, the first at his Toyota centre, and the second within a controlled environment, before completing the practical tests at the Toyota Academy. The award was presented to Michael by Tony Whitehorn, Operations Director, Sales & Aftersales for Toyota (GB) PLC.
“The purpose of holding a Skills Competition is to encourage and motivate Technicians to improve their skills and knowledge as well as rewarding their efforts,” advised Fred Green, Training Manager at the Toyota Academy. “This has proved to be a very popular event within the Toyota Centre network and allows the technicians the chance to not only further their career but also win some fantastic prizes.”
All contestants received a digital camera in recognition of reaching the final and will be invited to visit the Toyota Formula 1 factory in Cologne. As Toyota Champion, Michael will be invited to participate in the Pan European Skills Grand Prix in Brussels on 5 November 2004, as well as the Assembly of Champions in Japan, as a guest with his partner in March/April 2005.