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Stephen McConnell awarded Toyota Technician of the Year 2017

at Toyota Ireland’s National Technical Contest

The event which took place at Toyota HQ, saw 50 of the best motoring technicians in the Toyota Ireland network compete for the coveted award.

The first stage of the contest involved an online aptitude assessment and practical skills assessment. Following this, five technicians were shortlisted for Technician of the Year. The final element of the contest was for each candidate to participate in a series of timed technical exercises, designed to challenge ability and test stamina while under pressure. 

Martin Kinsella, Pat Masterson, Michael Oporowicz, Owen Kavanagh and Jayne O’Driscoll of Toyota, had the difficult task of judging the candidates on their problem-solving skills and ability.

Toyota Skills Contest winner Stephen McConnell of McConnell's Waterford pictured with Toyota Ireland After Sales Director Paul Murray

It was with great pride and in honour of outstanding performance during the Toyota Ireland Skills Contest that Stephen McConnell was announced as the winner.

Technician of Year Awards:
Stephen McConnell
McConnell Brothers
Guido Kerens
Carroll & Kinsella Blackrock
Co. Dublin
Declan Buckley
Glanmire, Cork
Conor Bowen
Lehanes Motors
Roger Farmer
Kellihers Garage
Tralee, Kerry
Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to offer opportunities like this at Toyota Ireland for staff to showcase their skillset to the wider group. This contest requires a very high standard of work which is tested through an aptitude test followed by a series of practical examinations. To have the technicians expertise acknowledged in this way is fantastic and to be placed in the top five alone is a great achievement, a huge congratulations to Stephen on his well-deserved award.”

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