Techs rise to the top
BRISBANE Isuzu was again represented in the Isuzu National Technical Competition this year in Melbourne.
Reece Eldridge, from Archerfield, Chris Robinson, from Burpengary, and Christian Wyatt, from Eagle Farm, were selected to fly the flag for Brisbane Isuzu.
During the competition, which saw the boys pitted against other Isuzu-qualified technicians from all over Australia, the boys were required to complete a practical element and a written examination to showcase their talents.
The practical exercise included a vehicle inspection, engine repair, vehicle diagnosis, differential assembly and a measurement exercise.
As always the competition was tight, but all participants performed exceptionally well under the judge's pressure.
The two highest-placed technicians from this event are offered the chance to participate in the Isuzu World Technical Competition, also known as the I-1 Grand Prix, in Japan in November.
In an unprecedented finish, Reece and Chris came first and second respectively, which is a fantastic result for them, Queensland and their dealership.
This is the first time in the competition's history that two technicians from one dealership have finished the top two in Australia.
Both now have their sights set on Japan and flying the flag for Brisbane Isuzu and Isuzu Australia.
"This has been an overall enjoyable experience and is just a stepping stone in my career," Reece said.
Dealer principal Alan Newcombe is very pleased with the result. He believes dedication to training and development of technicians by utilising the experience of training managers and mentors Bernie Pease and Dan Albert is paying off.
"Development of these roles has been a pure asset to the company and to its staff," he said.
"Our technicians could not ask for a better start in their professional career, having the benefit of learning from the best.
"Bernie and Dan have both competed in the national skills tournament over the past few years, with Bernie taking out the honour of the world's No 1 technician at last year's I-1 Grand Prix in Japan."
Christian Wyatt, winner of the 2011 CVIAQ Apprentice of the Year award, finished sixth. Although Christian was not selected this year, he has taken a lot away from the event, which can only benefit him for many years to come.