Three forklift truck technicians have each won $2000-worth skills development vouchers in the annual Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) National Skills Contest.
The three technicians from TMHA's Sydney branch are specialists in the three equipment brands within the Toyota Material Handling group.
TMHA National Skills Contest Winners
- George Daglis: Toyota Industrial Equipment
- Shaun Xerri: BT Lift Truck
- Travis Childs: Raymond Forklift
All three participants won the $2000 vouchers to further their skills development.
TMH South Australia's Belinda Reid, a former nanny won the prize in the apprentice section, an educational tour to the BT factory in Sweden.
Nearly 180 THMA service technicians and apprentices from around the country participated in the National Skills Contest, completing two forklift theory tests to establish the nine technician finalists and six apprentice finalists.
The finalists were put through two days of practical forklift tests at THMA's headquarters in Moorebank, Sydney.
According to TMHA national service manager John Pearsall, the annual TMHA skills competition is designed to keep Toyota forklift technicians at the forefront of industry standards.
Running in Australia for more than two decades, the competition plays an important role in maintaining leading-edge service standards to facilitate increased customer satisfaction and workplace safety.
Mr Pearsall adds that Toyota has always been at the forefront of forklift technician training in the country, having pioneered specialist TAFE training for Australia's forklift technicians.