IRTE Skills Challenge

What is the IRTE Skills Challenge?

Pioneered by the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), the IRTE Skills Challenge champions and rewards the vital work and skills of bus engineers across the UK.

In June 2018, bus and coach operators from all over the UK sent teams to compete in a series of engineering challenges covering the three disciplines of mechanical, electrical and bodywork, to see who had the best technicians in the industry.

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"To be nominated for this competition is a really big thing for each team member. They have been chosen from a large number of engineers and it makes them feel valued. It is great that their talent gets noticed."

Gino Diponio, Depot Engineer at Lothian Bus

"We are great advocates of continuous improvement. I think there is a lot you can do, not just in the working life but also from an educational perspective, to improve yourself every day. But there a no substitute for rolling your sleeves up and demonstrating it in the real work environment."

Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive, DVSA

"Putting myself to the test to see what I was like has been good. I’ve pitted myself against some other contestants to see what level they are at and finding what level I’m at. It’s been a fantastic experience."

Wayne Ellis, Mechanic at Arriva

Latest News

Supporters play crucial role at Skills Challenge

9th Jun 2017

The IRTE Skills Challenge testing week is finished for another year, but before we look ahead to the awards ceremony, it is a good time to remark upon the incredible work of our supporters, in making the occasion possible.

SC Media Day

IRTE Skills Challenge Sponsors & Media Day proves valuable for all

8th Jun 2017

On Wednesday June 7 sponsors and media were invited to S&B Automotive in Bristol for the IRTE Skills Challenge.

Skills Challenge Day 4 Review

8th Jun 2017

The IRTE Skills Challenge went out with a bang on the fourth and final day at the automotive academy in Bristol.

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