Toyota announces Skills Contest 2015 winners

All Champion’s Group Photo with Top Management

UMW Toyota Motor had proved, through the Toyota Skills Contest 2015 that customer service excellence does not end the moment customers purchase their vehicles. Instead, 12 champions from the contest demonstrated that customer ownership experience goes a long way.

The Toyota Skills Contest is an annual event that provides Toyota personnel a platform to improve their skills and efficiency in handling daily operations and diagnosing difficult-to-repair problems to achieve the highest possible customer satisfaction. In line with the Toyota ‘Kaizen’ Philosophy, continuous improvement is not only made to products, but employee’s tenacity in better serving the customers.

Finalist of B&P Body Technician tested on their welding skill.

This year marked its 26 years, where more than 1,200 contestants participated across 12 categories, which was an increase of 169 participants from previous year. Champions from the seven main categories will be treated with a fully sponsored trip to Japan and participate in the Toyota’s Annual Assembly of International Customer Service Champion in Japan, organised by Toyota Motor Corporation. The other 5 local initiative category winners will be going for an all-expense paid trip within ASEAN. Aside from the grand prize, champions of each category, as well as the 1st runner up and 2nd runner up also received cash awards and plaques.

Among some technical assessments conducted during the Toyota Skills Contest include problem-solving while performing 5S and safety standard operating procedure, as well as the body & paint on finished quality. There was also a simulation where individuals faced a challenging customer-handling situation, and were tested on their capability in addressing the incident.

Finalist of B&P Paint Technician tested on spot repair skills by spraying door panel.

In attendance at the event were Toyota Dealers Principals and Toyota Technical Education Programme (T-TEP) school principal and students. Among the T-TEP schools attended the event was Institut Kemahiran MARA Jasin, Institut Kemahiran MARA Lumut, Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM) Masjid Tanah, TAFE College Seremban and Kolej WIT Klang.

The champions of each category are as follows:

Main categories to contest at the Toyota Annual Assembly of International Customer Service Champion in Japan:

  1. General Service Technician – DiagnosisCategory :Md Sani Bin Md Noor
  2. Customer Relation (Executive CSO) Category :Mohan A/L Duraisamy
  3. General ServiceParts Assistant Category :Siti Zarith Binti Juhari
  4. General Service Advisor :Mohd Nazri Bin Abdul Rahman
  5. Body & Paint Technician – Paint Category :Mohamad Hafiz Bin Bahar
  6. Body & Paint Technician – Body Category :Soo Ling Hing
  7. Body & Paint Service Advisor Category :Yap Kai Cheong

Local Initiatives Categories:

  1. General Service Technician – Junior Category : Chong Zhuang Yu
  2. General Service Technician – Pro Category : Chong Mun Kit
  3. General Service Admin Assistant : Shirley Anak Mendan
  4. General Service Workshop Controller : Sivaraj A/L Perumal
  5. Body & Paint Parts Assistant Category : Muhammad Faiz bin Ramli