Mike Finney, UK General Sales Manager for used vehicles at Renault Trucks has won The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) 2011 Outstanding Achievers Award in the management student category.  Mike (49) collected his award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent, during a special awards lunch at the IMI headquarters on June 23.

Mike is studying for the IMI Certificate in Automotive Management and was selected as the winner of the award based on more than a single, dynamic development or achievement. The judges were impressed by his commitment to develop and improve a broad spectrum of aspects in his department’s practices and performances, encompassing management communication, skills, systems and procedures.

His tutor, Richard Owen of AIT Training Developments Ltd, which delivers the IMI Certificate in Automotive Management training programme for Renault Trucks in the UK, comments, “Mike’s enthusiasm and commitment to learning and, more importantly, his ability to apply learnt skills in different and new ways has been total throughout the programme.  Probably his greatest quality is that of not being afraid to ask ‘how could it be done’ and to seek out new solutions to previously tolerated issues.”

“This is the second year in a row that a Renault Trucks candidate has won this prestigious award,” comments Brian Burns, Renault Trucks’ Training Manager. “Last year the depot manager of our Coventry dealership took the title, so it is extremely gratifying to see Mike honoured in 2011. This is testament to the quality and skills of both the trainers and our candidates.”

Renault Trucks UK Ltd is an IMI accredited training centre and, in early 2011 was also awarded the accolade of ‘The Best European Training Centre’ within the Renault Trucks organisation. The UK training team provides commercial and technical training courses for internal employees and across the Renault Trucks network. It delivers a wide range of courses from technician apprenticeships to senior management development programmes. The majority of the courses being held at the company’s purpose built training school at its Dunstable headquarters.

The final word on the award goes to Mike Finney himself. “It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!” he comments. “To be honest, when I started the course I thought I knew most of the things I needed to know to do my job well, but I’m happy to admit I was wrong. As a result of what I’ve learned a number of my thoughts and actions have changed. I’ve taken the time to introduce and try new practices, to test my new knowledge and to adjust attitudes and this has made a real difference to the way in which the department now performs.”

For more information: www.imiawards.org.uk