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ATA linked to Top Technician 2006

Top Technician 2006 has joined forces with Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) to offer unsurpassed value to entrants and their employers. In a competition first, those scoring top marks will be invited to attend a free training seminar and practical assessment and could walk away with the status of Diagnostic Technician through Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA).

Every entrant or nominated technician will receive a question paper between now and December 2005. Marks will be collated and in January 2006, the top scoring 36 technicians will be invited to attend a free training seminar, hosted by technical specialist, MototeK. This will tackle the subject of modern vehicle technology and it will be followed by a series of practical assessments.

The practical assessments will be held in association with Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). This means that all of the 36 regional finalists who are successful in the practical tests will be awarded the coveted status of ATA Diagnostic Technician, at no cost to the technician or their employer.

Says Stuart Brooks, Head of Public Relations, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI):

"Top Technician is a showcase for recognising skilled individuals who work in an increasingly complex environment. Its focus towards best practice and outstanding technical competence reflects the objectives of the industry’s new Automotive Technician Accreditation initiative, which has become an integral part of Top Technician for 2006."

He continues, "As the governing body for ATA, the IMI believes that this partnership will further broaden awareness of ATA as a means of clearly identifying skilled and currently competent individuals, as well as engaging businesses in staff development and elevating the status of accredited individuals."

The top twelve technicians from the regional finals will be invited to the Automotive Trade Show at the end of April for the grand final of knowledge based tests. The winner will be announced at a separate awards ceremony, to be held in May 2006. He or she will take the top prize of £2,000 (tax free) and the title of ‘Top Technician 2006’. Further prizes will include the opportunity to be assessed for ATA Master Technician.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, simply log on to the Top Technician web- site www.toptechnician.co.uk

Alternatively, please telephone Sally on 01634 261 262 for an entry form.