Top Tech prize pot grows to £16k!

Huge boost for Top Tech prize fund

Published:  28 January, 2014

With an eclectic mix of cash, kit and travel awards, three more sponsors of 'Top Technician 2014' have swelled the prize pot to over £16,000. Apec will combine business and pleasure for the winner with a luxury trip to Madrid, Sachs will give £1,000 in holiday vouchers to the winner and £500 to the runner-up, and Snap-on has added the VERUS Pro and MODIS Ultra diagnostic tools to the haul. These join existing prizes of a G-Scan and AutoVista from Blue Print worth £2,200, £1,000 in holiday vouchers from Gates and a day's business consultancy from industry expert Mike Owen. With two other sponsors still to announce their contributions, it looks as if there's every prospect of yet another record reward package for the vehicle servicing industry's most prestigious trophy.

In a wider context, Nicola says it is also a telling reflection of the importance the industry as a whole attaches to the skills and fault-fixing expertise of Top Technician entrants. "It's no exaggeration to say that major aftermarket supplier companies now keep a close eye on the outcome of the contest, to the extent that recent Top Technician winners and finalists have been head hunted on the strength of their success."

On such, 2008 winner Mark Banks, is now a Diagnostic Development Engineer in the Bosch Data Engineering Centre and responsible for [ESI]tronic software development for Land Rover vehicles and Triumph Motorbikes on the Bosch KTS tool. "This job is perfect for me. I'm working with in-depth vehicle diagnostics and my years of workshop experience help me improve the functions of the Bosch KTS which, in turn, helps technicians do their job more accurately and efficiently," says Mark. "My Top Technician endeavours were an invaluable addition to my CV and certainly raised my profile within the industry and, who knows, maybe helped me to secure my dream job. Of course, I would recommend entering Top Technician to anyone who is into vehicle diagnostics as no matter what happens, it can only have a positive effect on you."

Top Technician 2014 is supported by a group of leading industry companies committed to providing workshops with the support and training needed to keep abreast of today's increasingly complex vehicle technology. Thank you to Apec, Autologic, Blue Print, Delphi, Gates, SACHS, and Snap-on for their support. We also salute our long-standing technical partner, the ATA, for their invaluable contribution to the competition.

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