Jaguar Land Rover South Africa’s Technician of the Year winner, Jan Olivier, has been crowned the best Jaguar Land Rover technician in the world. Jan won the coveted award at Jaguar Land Rover’s global Technician of the Year competition, when top technicians from the company’s global markets gathered at the company’s Learning Academy in the UK to put their skills to the test.
The best of the best from retailers in 27 countries were put through a gruelling, three-day challenge to see who could demonstrate the best technical knowledge, skill and customer service.
Olivier, who works at Land Rover North Western, in Upington beat 45 of his fellow Jaguar Land Rover-trained technicians to be crowned Global Technician of the Year 2017. His grand prize consists of a trip for two to watch Panasonic Jaguar Racing compete in next year’s New York round of the Formula E World Championship, plus a personalised Snap-on toolbox.
Jan Olivier, Land Rover North Western, said:
“The training I have had in this company really helped me in this process, I used all my skills and learning but never imagined I would win against such tough competition. Jaguar Land Rover is committed to supporting lifelong learning and the Learning Academy offers training to employees at all stages of their careers.”
Andy Goy, Global Learning and Development Director, Retailer Operations, said:
“The Technicians working in our retailers worldwide are an integral part of our business, and this event celebrates their continuous hard work and amazing talent. We want to create experiences for our customers that they will love for life, and our technicians are key to delivering on this promise. It is with these kinds of events where we can truly celebrate their skills and dedication”.
The Global Technician of the Year award is open to Jaguar Land Rover technicians from across its network of 2,600 retailers in 130 countries. Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa, as well as the other global regions, hosts regional competitions for technicians, with winners competing at the global competition.
The South African and sub-Saharan Technician of the Year competitions are hosted at the Jaguar Land Rover South Africa Training Academy in Irene, South Africa. This is the same facility where all technicians in South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa receive training based on Jaguar Land Rover’s global training syllabus. Additionally, retailers are required to have technicians who have achieved the highest level of Jaguar Land Rover qualifications. The Training Academy is also the home of the Jaguar Land Rover South Africa Apprentice Programme, which addresses the skills shortage in the technical sector by visiting high schools around the country to educate school-leavers on exciting careers in the motor industry.
Brian Hastie, Network Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa said:
“We are beyond proud of Jan for his superb success in the Global Technician of the Year competition. He is proof that our facilities and training are world-class. He joins some of his colleagues, who have finished in the top three in the global competition in previous years – so our customers can so our customers can be confident that their vehicles are being looked after by highly trained technicians.”
For more information about the Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Training Academy and Apprentice Programme, please visit: www.jaguarlandrovercareers.co.za
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About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
We employ almost 42,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2016 Jaguar Land Rover sold more than 583,000 vehicles in 136 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend more than £4 billion in the coming year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020, all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.