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Toyota honours technicians

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019 ( #927 ) - Moorebank, NSW, Australia
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TMHA president & CEO Steve Takacs, 2019 National Apprentice of the Year winner Liam Manly, and TMHA chairman Toshi Nakazawa
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has honoured its top technicians at its annual National Skills Competition.

The annual competition saw 140 forklift technicians and apprentices from across the TMHA national branch network complete two online exams, the first reducing the field to 60 and the second determining 15 finalists. Six apprentices and nine technicians then put their knowledge and ability on display over two days of theory- and practical-based exercises covering TMHA's Toyota, BT and Raymond brands of forklifts and warehouse equipment.

TMHA president and CEO Steve Takacs says the National Skills Competition is important for the business on many levels. "It's an investment in the skills of our technicians and apprentices. It helps ensure they have a high level of product knowledge and the abilities required to remain at the forefront of industry standards."

The Master Technician of the Year award for 2019 was won by TMHA Melbourne's Matthew White, after also winning the 2019 National Technician of the Year award for BT products. White had previously been crowned Master Technician of the Year in 2017 and also 2017 National Technician of the Year for Raymond products.

This year's Raymond Technician of the Year was won by TMHA Brisbane's Lee Dowse, while TMHA Adelaide's Alex Rowley took out 2019 Toyota Technician of the Year.

This year's TMHA National Skills Contest marked the 12th anniversary of adding the apprentice award and Liam Manly of TMHA Brisbane took out the honours. As part of his prize, Manly will attend an educational factory tour of an overseas Toyota forklift production plant, as will Master Technician winner Matthew White.
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