TMHA tech skills on display

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Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has held its annual National Skills Competition for forklift technicians.

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L to R - TMHA President & CEO Steve Takacs, Luke Kuschert.

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More than 160 technicians and apprentices from across TMHA’s national branch network completed two online exams, the first of which cut the field of entrants to 68 and the second determining the 15 finalists.

Six apprentices and nine technicians then put their knowledge and ability to the test at TMHA’s Training and Development Centre in Moorebank, NSW. The finalists tackled two days of theory and practical exercises covering TMHA’s Toyota, BT and Raymond brands of forklifts and warehouse equipment.

TMHA says the National Skills Competition is very important to the company for a number of reasons.

"It's an investment in the skills of our technicians and apprentices," TMHA president and CEO Steve Takacs says.

"It helps ensure they have a high level of product knowledge and the abilities required to remain at the forefront of industry standards.

"Conducting the skills contest provides real benefits. It has been proven to support high customer satisfaction rates thanks to less downtime and increased efficiency for all our business partners.

"It's also just reward for their efforts in continually up-skilling. The Apprentice of the Year component in particular allows budding technicians to test themselves against the country's best."

The Master Technician of the Year award for 2018 was won by TMHA Brisbane's Luke Kuschert after also winning 2018 National Technician of the Year award for Raymond products.

This year's BT Technician of the Year was won by TMHA Melbourne's Jhon Gallego and TMHA Brisbane's Aaron Lang took out Toyota Technician of the Year 2018.

Michael Chattin of TMHA Albury rose from a field of six to become Apprentice of the Year 2018. As part of his prize, Mr Chattin will attend an Educational Factory Tour of an overseas Toyota forklift production plant and all brand winners received a $2000 cash prize and all participants given Makita power tools.

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