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Isuzu technicians gear up for skills contest

Isuzu Trucks automotive technicians and apprentices will compete in a skills test soon in Melbourne.

On July 27 eight technicians and apprentices are set to contest the National Technical Skills Competition for two qualifying spots in the famed I-1 Grand Prix (I-1 GP) in November.

Earlier in July, 63 technicians and apprentices took part in an online qualifier event that tested the automotive knowledge and skills of apprentices and technicians through a one-hour written exam, while the technicians went on to do three ten-minute virtual failure diagnostic exercises.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Training Manager David Smith said the National Technical Skills Competition was a fantastic opportunity for technicians and apprentices to showcase their skills.

“Supporting our technicians is crucial, given the shortage of skilled workers in the industry in Australia and globally,” Mr Smith said.

On the day, the competitors will undertake a one-hour written exam and a one-hour on-vehicle exercise.

Earlier this year, Australia’s National Skills Commission said its latest assessment of skill shortages found that 42 per cent of technician and trade occupations are in shortage, compared to 19 per cent of all occupations in shortage.

The annual I-1 GP has been held in Japan, pre-COVID, since 2006.

This year the event will once again be a virtual competition.

IAL’s team won the international competition in 2011, and made podium finishes in six more of international events.

“The National Technical Skills Competition, the I-1 GP and the Walkinshaw Andretti United V8 supercar pit crew experience are some of the fantastic skill-building experiences for technicians at Isuzu,” said Smith.

“These experiences are in addition to the regular training undertaken by Isuzu Trucks technicians to update their knowledge of vehicle inspections, diagnosis, repairs and systems management,” he said.

All 16 competitors have won their choice of either a Milwaukee 18v Fuel 1/2″ High Torque Impact Wrench Kit or a Milwaukee 18v Fuel One-Key 3/4″ High Torque Impact Wrench Kit.

The top two highest-scoring technicians and the top two scoring apprentices at the National Technical Skills competition will also win thousands of dollars’ worth of Snap-On tools.

The eight technicians who will compete for a place on the I-1 Grand Prix team at the national competition are as follows:

Kaylem Brown, Canberra Isuzu, Queanbeyan, NSW
Brad Hickey, Peel Valley Isuzu, Tamworth, NSW
Joshua Mortimer, Northern Rivers Isuzu, Lismore, NSW
Boyd Mole, Brisbane Isuzu, Archerfield, QLD
Justin Walker, Westar Truck Centre, Derrimut, VIC
Louis Holt, Bendigo Isuzu, Bendigo, VIC
Jordan Jeffers, North East Isuzu, Burton, SA
Kaiden Hayter, South West Isuzu, Picton, WA
The eight apprentices who will compete are:

Tom O’Connor, Gilbert & Roach Isuzu, Hexham, NSW
Pradeep Siddiki, Suttons Motors Arncliffe, Arncliffe, NSW
James Boyce, Black Truck Sales, Toowoomba, QLD
Cory John, Brisbane Isuzu, Archerfield, QLD
Matthew Dinola, Patterson Cheney Trucks, Dandenong, VIC
Sammy Allan, Ballarat Isuzu, Wendouree, VIC
Jaiden McManus, North East Isuzu, Burton, SA
Johnathon Kurthy, Major Motors, Forrestfield, WA

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