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Technical Skills Competition returns virtually in 2021

Isuzu technicians are preparing for their mettle to be tested at the Isuzu World Technical Competition, which is this year taking place in a new-look virtual format due to COVID-19.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Service Technical Manager, Brenton Cook, said the competition – commonly referred to as the I-1 Grand Prix (I-1 GP) – celebrates technical talent and enables teams of Isuzu technicians to showcase their skills on a global stage.

“Whilst the I-1 GP tournament was held virtually in 2020, IAL made the tough decision not to participate so we could focus on supporting our customers and the dealer network through a very challenging year,” said Cook.

“We acknowledge that it is still tough out there, but we have decided the show must go on and we must adapt to this new environment.”

According to Cook, the I-1 GP is a truly unique event that recognises the talent of Isuzu technicians and gives them something to strive for, showing them that their skills in the workshop are highly valued.

“In particular, we want our younger generation to see that being a technician can be both exciting and rewarding, with opportunities for career advancement,” said Cook.

The I-1 GP calendar of events in Australia kicks off with IAL’s National Technical Skills Competition qualifier, held between September 24 and September 28 this year.

This qualifying round challenges technicians nominated by Isuzu dealerships and Authorised Service and Parts Outlets across the country with a series of tough technical knowledge and virtual failure diagnostic exercises.

The top 10 technicians in the National Competition will receive generous prizes and the two technicians with the best total combined results from the qualifier will then go forward to represent Australia internationally.

They will compete amongst 42 teams from other countries including Japan, England, Thailand and the USA at the main I-1 GP event held on November 25.

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