Ryder celebrated its technical talent at the final of its UK TopTech recognition programme on April 3, and saw Rhys Anderson from Edinburgh take the top accolade
The event saw five finalists from the company’s 296 UK-based technicians go head-to-head in a series of challenges. The finalists were measured on their diagnostic skills, technical abilities, adherence to health and safety, and quality workmanship.
Stephenson College, located in Coalville, was once again chosen to host the recognition programme. The college delivers Ryder’s Trainee HGV Technician Apprenticeship Scheme, which has been running for more than 25 years.
Anderson’s win was announced at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Appleby Park Hotel. The event not only celebrated the winner, but every technician who took part.
“My hands were shaking during the start of the first task,” said Anderson.
“Even though these are things we could see on a daily basis in the workshop, it’s a totally different environment at the college. As time went on, we all began to settle down, and we could really show everyone why we deserved to be in the Grand Finale.
“I’m proud to have won the competition; I wasn’t expecting it all. I was up against some very tough competition, they all deserved to be in the final – it’s great to see us all being recognised.”
Anderson was awarded with the cut crystal winner’s trophy, which will be on display in Ryder’s Edinburgh location until UK TopTech 2020, a £2,000 cash prize, and an all-expenses paid trip to see the live final of US TopTech in Indianapolis, USA.
Each finalist was presented with a host of gifts including; finalists’ cheques, a £500 Snap-on voucher, Bridgestone and DAF watches, Mercedes and DAF branded duffel bags, a Fitbit and Mercedes branded jackets.
Ryder’s general managerfor the network, Mark Carlin, said: “It was a great showing by each of the five Technicians. It was such a close call, with a few points separating the top two, and even first from fifth.
“All the finalists gave it a real good go, and you could see that. It wasn’t clear who would win the competition until the final task. Well done to all our finalists. They all did so well to make it to the Grand Finale.”