Ben Handley and Bill Botter from Miles Toyota Airport with his Mito Scholarship.

Bill Potter (Miles Toyota Airport Service Manager) and Ben Handley (Miles Toyota Airport Workshop Foreman).

Celebrating Success: Ben Handley’s MITO Scholarship

We’re excited to share that Ben Handley, our Workshop Foreman at Miles Toyota Airport is the recipient of a 2023 MITO Te Pukenga Alumni – Māori Scholarship, with his chosen pathway being a New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering, Level 5.

A true testament to how much we value and invest in our staff, this scholarship opportunity with MITO will allow Ben to further his studies and hands-on knowledge of hybrid and electric vehicles in an ever-electrifying automotive industry. Having completed the theory aspects of his qualification, it’s just the practical courses remaining with a focus on diagnosing and repairing hybrid and electric vehicle systems.

MITO Qualifications

MITO is a division of Te Pūkenga, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. They support on-the-job learning for people working in automotive, commercial road transport, extractives, gas, and logistics industries. They work to ensure people get the best possible opportunities to advance their career, while developing a skilled workforce.

“Going forward, these skills I’m gaining will be instrumental in training the rest of our technicians on how to work on hybrid and electric vehicles safely. Just looking at the future of the automotive industry it’s going to be a pretty common place, and I’m excited to share this knowledge.”

Ben Potter, Bill Handley, and Lisa Florance with Ben's MITO scholarship

Bill Potter (Miles Toyota Airport Service Manager), Ben Handley (Miles Toyota Airport Workshop Foreman), and Lisa Florance (MITO Training Advisor).

Ben’s training advisor Lisa supported him through MITO National Level 3 and Level 4 Light Vehicle Certificates, and a MITO Working Safely with Electric Vehicles Level 4 Micro-credential. They then had a conversation about applying for the 2023 Alumni Scholarship – and the rest is history!

“Ben is to be the example for the Miles Group, and through this scholarship and subsequent qualifications will be able to support and train his technicians going forward. This enables Ben to be somewhat of a top-tier leader within the Miles Group, providing support to technicians across your network of dealerships.”

Ben Handley's Scholarship award

Congratulations, Ben!

On behalf of the Miles Group, congratulations on your achievements Ben!

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