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 summer at an awards ceremony. We welcome entrants any size of organisation - and have had teams from as far away as Singapore.


The Skills Challenge champions the vital work of bus and coach engineers throughout the country. It is important to us that everyone who wishes to take part can do so.

Much has happened since March when we made the decision to postpone the Skills Challenge until October. Although some restrictions have begun to be lifted, the country is still far from operating as normal and the next few months are uncertain. Reluctantly we have concluded that it will not be possible to run an enjoyable and safe competition in 2020 to the same high standard of previous years.

We will back stronger than ever with Skills Challenge in 2021 and look forward to your continued support.

Skills Challenge news

Skills Challenge delayed until October

As the COVID-19 situation develops, staff shortages, restrictions on travel and school closures will likely prevent some people from attending the competition in June. 

Disruptive technology will help attract best talent to bus industry

Skills Challenge sponsor BAE Systems at forefront of technology revolution.

Teng Tools hoping to stand out from the crowd at Skills Challenge

Skills Challenge sponsor Teng Tools back for 10th anniversary with special prizes on offer.

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