What is the IRTE Skills Challenge?

Pioneered by the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), the IRTE Skills Challenge is an initiative that aims to champion and reward the vital work and skills of bus and coach engineers nationwide.

Bus and coach operators from around the UK are invited to put forward a team of three technicians to compete in a series of challenges, covering mechanical, electrical and bodywork, to find the best engineers in the industry.

The challenge covers theoretical and practical tests and will be carried out at S&B Automotive Academy one week in summer. The awards will be presented to the winners and runners up at a reception ceremony in July.


Why should we be part of the IRTE Skills Challenge?

The IRTE Skills Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the technical skills of your staff, and prove that your company is up there with the best.

The IRTE Skills Challenge will be filmed, photographed and extensively covered in the press. There are many PR opportunities available and a winners’ brochure will be produced – so your whole organisation can be proud of and share your achievements.


How do we get involved?

UPDATE: There are a limited number of bus and coach operators that can participate. To avoid disappointment, contact the events team on irteskills@soe.org.uk to get involved.

Individuals wishing to take part in the IRTE Skills Challenge must register their interest here. Encourage your technicians to register for 2020 and pass them this link!

There are no charges to enter the IRTE Skills Challenge, although operators will need to cover travel and subsistence costs.


When is it happening?

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.

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. 

In response we have made the decision to move the Skills Challenge testing week to 19-23 October 2020. The winners’ awards reception will now take place in November

Entries will re-open from June until September

We are confident that the 10th anniversary edition of the competition will be as successful as ever.


IRTE Skills Challenge – Be part of it

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