The event took place at Delphi’s state-of-the-art Titan 10 technical training centre in Warwick. Delphi had been asked to host once again after successfully doing so for the first-time last year.
The five deserving finalists had earlier won through an extended series of rounds that begun with thousands of entries to the online test stage. Top Technician, created by Aftermarket magazine, has been inspiring the best for over 20 years, aiming to shine a light on exceptional skills.
Following semi-finals, which Delphi also hosted at the start of September, the five – who came from different sections of the aftermarket – completed a gruelling series of five practical fifty-minute tasks, in front of a panel of expert industry judges. The total prize fund this year was worth over £30,000.
“We were honoured to support Top Technician as it has a long history of benefiting independent garages,” said Luke Garratt, UK and Nordics Technical Services Manager at Delphi Technologies. “As a major parts, diagnostics and training supplier to the independent sector supporting prestigious events like this can only help to positively influence technicians.
“It’s about not only recognising and rewarding this year’s best technicians – who are so often the ‘unsung heroes’ of the trade – but also inspiring many others to keep working to continually better their skills to win awards in the future.”
Delphi’s commitment to continual skills development is well known; their comprehensive support offering includes diagnostics programmes, technical training in Warwick, online learning through the Delphi Academy. Tips, hints, articles and ‘How To’ videos are available from the new ‘Master of Motion’ hub as well.
The day was followed by an Awards Evening, where winners of both Top Technician and Top Garage were announced to a packed audience, celebrating at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Coventry.
Top Technician and Top Garage 2023 was delivered in association with the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).