iris announces winner of third annual technical trainer of the year awards

iris announces winner of third annual technical trainer of the year awards

Nat Lo Raso of Sinemaster is the winner of this year’s third annual technical trainer of the year awards run by iris, the UK’s leading group of specialist automotive refinish coatings distributors. The final, which took place on October 19 at Newberry House Academy, MKPE’s training facility in Milton Keynes, tested the four finalists’ skills with a ‘typical’ bodyshop day.

The technicians were given six hours to rectify a colour problem by achieving the closest colour match, complete a two tone car panel and refurbish an alloy wheel. Each work station had an alloy wheel in different states of repair and a variety of metallic colours to match. For the colour rectification, four metallic tints were supplied along with one weight measurement making for a challenging task.

Phil Buczko, Legal Compliance Manager of iris, who organised and ran the final, really put the contestants through their paces. Phil was particularly interested in the health and safety aspect of the competition and carefully monitored all finalists to ensure they demonstrated full PPE and health & safety (H&S) requirements throughout the day.

Phil says: “These guys are at the peak of their profession and because of this it was critical to evaluate their thought process, planning and end result. Planning and timing was mandatory to stand out in this competition. The day replicated a typical bodyshop scenario with the added pressure of a competition to help turn the heat up. All the finalists’ colour matching was fantastic. Congratulations to Nat Lo Raso of Sinemaster, it was a very close competition but Nat was deservedly crowned the technical trainer of the year for 2011.”

Nat Lo Raso, Technical Trainer, Sinemaster, says: “The competition was undoubtedly hard work especially being under such immense pressure but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m delighted to be walking home with the trophy after making it as a finalist in the first year. Technical training doesn’t often get the recognition it deserves and this competition is a brilliant opportunity for us to gauge our technical ability against other trainers.”

A total of 27 participants entered the awards this year. The four finalists were Mick Butler – JCA Coatings, Steve Jefferies – JCA Coatings, Paul Carpenter – MKPE and Nat Lo Raso of Sinemaster. In addition, the finalists were required to complete a 50 point questionnaire to prove their technical prowess and make it into the final competition.

iris business partners, Sherwin-Williams, BASF, GAU, BODY Magazine, 3M, Farecla, Standox, Ash Communications, UPOL, PPG, DeVilbiss, Henkel Loctite, ABP Club, Octoral and Sata provided a fantastic range of prizes for the finalists.

Owen Stafford, Managing Director of iris, says: “The awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding technical capability and support that iris offers the marketplace. My heartfelt thanks go to all the iris participating distribution businesses for allowing the time for their finalists to enter. On a special note, we would also like to thank our business partners who provided the finalists with some brilliant prizes.”

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