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Jaguar South Africa’s Technician of the Year winner, Jan Olivier, has been crowned the best Jaguar technician in the world. Jan won the coveted award at Jaguar’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 North Western, in Upington beat 45 of his fellow Jaguar -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, 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 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 technicians from across its network of 2,600 retailers in 130 countries. Jaguar 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 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’s global training syllabus. Additionally, retailers are required to have technicians who have achieved the highest level of Jaguar qualifications. The Training Academy is also the home of the Jaguar 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 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 be confident that their vehicles are being looked after by highly trained technicians.”

For more information about the Jaguar South Africa and sub-Sahara Training Academy and Apprentice Programme, please click the link below.