Technicians celebrated at irtec Awards 2012
2nd May 2012
Engineering success! SOE Patron John Ratcliff CBE presents the winners of the 2012 irtec Awards, Adams Morey technician Rob Ellement (left) and HRVS Ripley technician Scott Newton.
As the first day of the Commercial Vehicle Show drew to a close, the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) hosted a special award ceremony to highlight the achievements of two talented CV technicians.
Pioneered by the IRTE, irtec is a renewable assessment scheme certifying the theoretical and practical skills of heavy goods, light commercial and Passenger Carrying Vehicle technicians.
The irtec Awards, hosted by SOE Patron John Ratcliff CBE and sponsored by Halfords, recognise the competence, professionalism and dedication of the past year’s highest scoring irtec technicians.
SOE Patron John Ratcliff CBE presented Rob Ellement from Adams Morey Bournemouth and Scott Newton from HRVS, in Ripley, Derbyshire, with prizes in front a large audience of peers, employers, friends and family.
Before the presentation, SOE Patron John Ratcliff CBE said: “These two technicians have proven their engineering excellence through dedication, skill, focus and professionalism. The 2012 irtec Awards highlight two exceptional technicians, who both have demonstrated their commitment to competence and excellence in road transport engineering."
Rob Element’s employer, Mike Fennell, Managing Director, Adams Morey Ltd said: “We are very excited that Rob picked up this award. Adams Morey is focused on wanting to deliver good quality customer service so we were very proud that Rob along with so many of his colleagues took up the challenge to achieve irtec accreditation.
"Achieving this licence ensures that they can be confident in what they do, which ultimately delivers what our customers want from us.”
Winner Scott Newton said: “The irtec training I have received, together with the extensive on-going training with HRVS and MTBUK, makes me feel well equipped to deal with what is now a high technology, and safety conscious industry. This is not a job where you can afford to sit back and relax, and fortunately I have an employer that gives all its technicians an excellent platform to be the best.”
Scott Newton’s employer, Keith Simms, Group Operations Director, HRVS Group Ltd said: “HRVS Group is proud with Scott’s success and more than pleased how Scott has, together with his work colleagues, embraced the irtec scheme and the values it stands for.
"HRVS as a group has invested time and money on the key component that makes the perfect service provider. HRVS Group, who has sites in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, is at the forefront of providing the best possible service to the commercial vehicle and bus and coach industry. It has recently achieved the top accolade of 5 star service provider awarded by MAN truck and Bus at three of its five sites, a truly remarkable achievement not seen before in one dealer group. Both myself and Group Managing Director Robert Lockwood were with Scott to receive his award at the NEC, and obviously very proud of his achievement.”
John Ratcliff CBE added: "Road transport technicians are absolutely vital and their skills ensure the country keeps moving. I congratulate you on your outstanding achievement.”