26 February 2024

Skills Contest 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Skills Contest

On 16 November 2023, 18 finalists from Hino dealerships around the country gathered at Hino HQ to compete in the final round of the Hino National Skills Contest. 

Sci-Fleet Hino was proud to have 4 staff members represent our Dealerships across Sales - Shane Curtain and Sam Torpy, Service – John Riley and Parts – Luke Hanna. Showing support for our finalists, Brad Elliot, David Jones, Nathan Murdoch and Zac Parmeter   attended the event day to cheer on the Sci-Fleet team.

Now in its 11th year, the event at Hino Australia’s headquarters was attended by Hino Motors Ltd, General Manager, Mitsuharu Tabata and Hino New Zealand guests including Alastair Grieve (General Manager), Darren Trask (Technical Services Manager), Adam Crawford (Truck Stops Hino Product Manager) and the recently awarded 2023 NZ Skills Competition winner Oliver Stanley.

Congratulations to our team; Luke placing first in the Parts division, John coming second in Service and Shane placing  third in Sales with Sam winning the quiz round at the end of the day.

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Pictured left to right: Zac Parmeter, Nathan Murdoch, Brad Elliot, Sam Torpy, John Riley, Shane Curtain, Luke Hanna and David Jones

The day commenced with the arrival of contestants from various dealerships Australia-wide, meet and greet, welcome speeches, the ribbon cutting ceremony and the inaugural horn blow to signal the start of competition.

A series of real-world scenarios for contestants across Parts, Service and Sales disciplines.

  • Sales contestants were challenged in real-world customer role play scenarios and theory tests.
  • Service Technicians participated in a series of hypothetical exercises that tested their diagnostic, analytical and technical skills.
  • Parts finalists were examined on their interpretation and research skills on a range of vehicles and engine assemblies through customer role play scenarios.

And finally to wrap up the day all contestants competed in a friendly Sale of the Century  quiz hosted by Hino Ambassador Neil Crompton.  Congratulations to Sam Torpy from our Sci-Fleet Hino Nerang dealership, who was crowned the overall winner after a series of rapid-fire questions.

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