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. 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.

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 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.

IRTE Skills Challenge – Be part of it

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