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ŠKODA reveals Service Challenge champions

A record number of people took part in this year’s Service Challenge Winners beat over 450 others to claim their titles Champions will travel to the Czech Republic to compete in the international finals ŠKODA has named the UK winners of its Service Challenge competition. The ŠKODA Service Challenge – now in its sixth year … Continued

  • A record number of people took part in this year’s Service Challenge
  • Winners beat over 450 others to claim their titles
  • Champions will travel to the Czech Republic to compete in the international finals

ŠKODA has named the UK winners of its Service Challenge competition. The ŠKODA Service Challenge – now in its sixth year – is open to all ŠKODA servicing personnel and is designed to find the best service advisor, parts advisor, service technician and diagnostic technician within the organisation.

Each winner will receive a VIP trip to the Czech Republic to represent the UK at the international final in June where ŠKODA service and technical staff from all over the world compete for international titles and up to £2,500 in vouchers.

This year’s winners are:

  • Service advisor Kris Swinburne from Alex Lawrie ŠKODA, Liverpool
  • Parts advisor Paul Ainsworth from Simpsons ŠKODA, Colne, Lancashire
  • Service technician Richard Thadwald from Murray ŠKODA, Newton Abbot, Devon
  • Diagnostic technician Mark Shemlit from Westover ŠKODA, Bournemouth, Dorset

In 2015, the Service Challenge saw record levels of interest with over 450 entrants – 94% more than in 2014. The competition, as well as recognising talent within the organisation, demonstrates the excellence of ŠKODA’s service training efforts.

After completing an online examination, the top scoring staff were selected to attend the national finals at the end of November. Taking place at the Volkswagen Group National Learning Centre, finalists went through a series of practical and written challenges to test knowledge, ability and skills.

Andrew Ganney, National Service Development Manager at ŠKODA UK, said: “This is the sixth year of the Service Challenge in the UK, and it’s great to see more people than ever taking part. As well as being a great competition, it allows us to develop training for the entire network. Well done to all the UK finalists and good luck to the four winners as they prepare for the international final in the Czech Republic.”

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