Isuzu EA Technicians to participate at Global Competition in Japan
Two service technicians who were crowned winners of the 3rd Isuzu Fundi of The Year Awards, will next month represent East Africa at the 12th edition of the Isuzu World Technical Competition (I-1 Grand Prix) in Tokyo, Japan. The Fundi of the Year Awards seek to celebrate Isuzu’s top service technicians and showcase best practices through theory and practical tests.
The winners, picked after a three-month competition, received their award certificates today during a ceremony held at the Isuzu EA Plant. The event was attended by the company’s management team led by the Division Director, Finance & Strategy, Mr Charles Kariuki, and representatives from the winning dealerships.
While giving his keynote address, Mr Kariuki emphasized the importance of building the capacity of service technicians to better meet the diverse needs of vehicle owners at Isuzu EA retail and dealer outlets.
“Today, it is becoming increasingly hard to find technical personnel in the market place because of low skill development in this field,” said Kariuki. By introducing such a competition, our goals are to enhance technology transfer, bridge the skills gap between East Africa and the more developed markets and build the capacity of service technicians to meet the diverse aftersales needs of our customers,” noted Kariuki.
Mr Kariuki congratulated the winners urging them to fly the Kenyan flag high in Tokyo and bring home not just the trophies, but some key learnings. He concluded with Isuzu EA’s commitment to nurturing the best technical skills in the market to support its product range with strong aftersales services for their customers.
Mr. V.N. Srinivas, Managing Director of Isuzu Dealers Ryce East Africa Ltd, shared his sentiments on the need for more skills transfer from developed countries to Kenya and East Africa to grow technical expertise in the auto industry.
“We are excited about this competition as it allows us to acquire cutting-edge skills from highly advanced markets,” said Srinivas. “This kind of training by Isuzu for our technical personnel will go a long way in building customer satisfaction in our vehicles,” he added.
Mr. Samuel Kiarie, also from Ryce East Africa, is one of the technicians chosen to participate at the November Isuzu World Technical Competition (I-1 Grand Prix). He shared his excitement at the chance of representing East Africa in Japan.
“For me, this is an exciting opportunity to represent my country and company at a global event,” said Kiarie. “It also places a huge burden on my shoulders to deliver an outstanding performance. I’ll do my very best to win for my country and company,” he added. Samuel Kiarie will be accompanied to Japan by Technician Martin Wang’ombe, the overall Fundi of the Year Winner, also from Ryce East Africa.
Through a cumulative score system, six finalists are selected for various Fundi of the Year awards. The first and second place winners are chosen to represent East Africa in Tokyo, while the third-place winner gets a fully paid trip to Mombasa for two. Kenya is the only country from sub-Saharan Africa that has so far participated in the Isuzu World Technical Competition (I-1 Grand Prix).