Fortune 500® global fleet management company, Ryder, celebrated its technical talent at the final of its Top Technician Recognition Programme on Wednesday 3rd April here at the College.

The event saw five talented finalists from the company’s 296 UK-based certified Technicians go head-to-head in a series of five, 45-minute challenges. The finalists were measured on their diagnostic skills, technical abilities, adherence to health and safety, and quality workmanship.

As the college of choice for delivery of Ryder’s Trainee HGV Technician Apprenticeship Scheme, we were thrilled to once again host this event in our state of the art workshops.

The annual competition was open to all Ryder HGV Technicians throughout the UK and the finalists outshone over 200 other Ryder Technicians over the course of two rounds to reach the challenging final round.

The winner was announced as Rhys Anderson, from Edinburgh at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Appleby Park Hotel that same evening. The event not only celebrated the winner, but every technician who took part.

As part of the ceremony, Rhys was awarded with the cut crystal winner’s trophy, which will be on display in Edinburgh 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.

Rhys said: “My hands were shaking during the start of the first task. 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.”

Mark Walker, Faculty Head, Technology and Professional Services at Stephenson College was honoured to host the event once again and said:

“We were delighted to host this industry competition, which really demonstrated the first-class talent at Ryder and within the sector. The motor industry is crying out for more talent and there is so much opportunity for growth, from Level 3 through to Level 5 as their careers progress.

“Congratulations to Rhys and to all those who took part for the commitment and talent they demonstrated throughout the competition.”