The UK's PSV technician competition

IRTE Skills Challenge is an annual competition, taking place in June with our partners, S&B Automotive, to find the engineering stars working in the bus and coach sectors. These sectors tend to not feature in the public imagination, but they are where some of the most modern and complex vehicles can be found.

Modern PSV technicians need traditional mechanical skills but will also need to be able to weld, find faults and diagnose solutions on a complex clean fuel bus. This range of challenges makes them the most versatile operations engineers out there, and the IRTE Skills Challenge celebrates this expertise. 

Every June we take over S&B Automotive in Bristol for a week, where over 35 teams of qualified and apprentice PSV engineers compete in a series of electrical, mechanical and bodywork challenges to find the best in bus & coach. The winners are crowned later in the early autumn at an awards ceremony. We welcome entrants any size of organisation - and have had teams from as far away as Singapore.


After a year’s enforced absence, we are delighted to announce that The IRTE Skills Challenge is celebrating its postponed 10th anniversary this year. The event will be held in June, at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol. S&B Automotive Academy training and education director Richard Belton assures us that “Whatever happens, whether there’s social distancing or not, we can run it. It might be slightly longer, with fewer people there. But we know we can run it and run it well.”  


Skills Challenge news

UK bus fleets switch to Allison xFE transmissions mid-lifecycle

Its new transmissions offer up to 7.13% fuel saving in urban driving

Skills Challenge back in 2021 to celebrate 10th anniversary

Postponed anniversary competition will now take place in June

Disruptive technology will help attract best talent to bus industry

Skills Challenge sponsor BAE Systems at forefront of technology revolution.

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