The purpose of the IRTE Skills Challenge is to support the bus and coach sector by highlighting the most essential of its parts; technicians. The sector must continue to produce technicians and apprentices who keep the vehicles safely on the road, and this competition aims to give them the platform to show what they can do. The contribution of our sponsors, supporters and partners, who support the SOE in adapting the competition to meet the demands of the sector, cannot be underestimated.

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Proud sponsors of the IRTE Skills Challenge

Alexander Dennis

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is part of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group.

ADL is a global leader in the design and manufacture of double deck buses and is also the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer. ADL offers single and double deck buses under the Alexander Dennis brand as well as Plaxton coaches, with vehicles in service in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States.

ADL's history and heritage of design, engineering and manufacturing excellence spans more than a century. As a pioneer in embracing the latest technology, ADL has brought the widest range of low and zero emission buses to market.

We employ over 2,700 people worldwide and have more than tripled our revenue in the last ten years, with an increasing proportion resulting from our expanding international footprint. This growth is attributable to our clear strategic focus – delivering lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles with industry-leading reliability, lowest cost of ownership and world class aftermarket support.

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FCL Organisation

FCL Organisation is the UK’s leading distributor and manufacturer of engine filtration technology, batteries, lubricants, coolants and components for the commercial vehicle, rail, automotive, marine and industrial sectors worldwide. Our core aim is to supply the highest possible quality products at the most competitive prices with an unsurpassed level of customer service and support in the global aftermarket.

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Imperial Engineering

Based in Cheshunt since 1971, Imperial Engineering is a fifth-generation family owned business that has developed into the UK’s principal independent distributor of OE bus parts and coach spares and components.

Our OE bus and coach parts

As specialist coach parts suppliers and second to none when it comes to the sourcing of original, brand new bus and coach parts in support of the whole UK industry, Imperial Engineering is proud of its longstanding responsibility in contributing to the safety and reliability of the nation’s public and private transportation service. Imperial Engineering supplies a massive range of PSV parts and components, directly from leading global OE bus and coach parts manufacturers, including Knorr-Bremse, Wabco spares, Haldex, Meritor, Dana and PSS.

Encompassing all areas of the vehicle, from braking and friction products, drivetrain, propshafts, steering components and water pumps, to turbochargers and airbags, in fact, all coach spares, bus parts and PSV parts that operators need, Imperial Engineering offers the highest level of product knowledge, engineering expertise, simplicity of purchase, aftersales and service reliability.

Recognising the demands of operators both large and small, Imperial Engineering has built a reputation for supporting the needs of its bus and coach parts customers in a fast-moving industry with leading brands such as Optare parts and Wabco spares. We keep things simple, reliable and cost effective.

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Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems. Knorr-Bremse`s products have been making a decisive contribution to greater safety and energy efficiency on rail tracks and roads around the world. For more than 113 years the company has been the industry innovator, driving innovation in mobility and transportation technologies with an edge in connected system solutions. Knorr-Bremse is one of Germany’s most successful industrial companies and profits from the key global megatrends: urbanization, eco-efficiency, digitization and automated driving.

About 28,000 employees at over 100 sites in more than 30 countries use their competence and motivation to satisfy customers worldwide with products and services. Localization is a central focus of Knorr-Bremse's strategy. Knorr-Bremse delivers braking, entrance, control and auxiliary power supply systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems for rail vehicles, as well as braking, steering, powertrain and transmission control solutions, and driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles.

In 2017, Knorr-Bremse generated in both its divisions revenues of EUR 6.2 billion (IFRS). A comprehensive and growing aftermarket & services business with high entry barriers gives these revenues increasingly cyclically independent stability. The company benefits from a strong, entrepreneurial and experienced management. Technical excellence, reliability, passion and responsibility are deeply embedded in its corporate culture.

Our range of aftermarket services:

TruckServices is the aftermarket brand of Knorr-Bremse and supplies vehicle owners, workshops and distributors with high-quality products and service solutions for commercial vehicles of all kinds and all ages: with the expertise of an OE manufacturer and our experience gained from more than 110 years in the commercial vehicle aftermarket.

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Premier Pits

Premier Pits have been manufacturing and installing pits for over 35 years, with 4,000 pits installed to date. The range includes inspection, maintenance, rail, ATF and washdown pits, all supported by various pit accessories and H&S equipment. Under-chassis wash pits and ramps are also available.

Vehicle maintenance workshops across the U.K and worldwide are being transformed by the installation of prefabricated, steel pits. Premier Pits, the creators of the concept over 35 years ago, continue to make design improvements, add new features and options as well as improving installation methods. 

Premier Pits are also the UK distributor of BrakeMate®, a revolutionary new product for the workshop which eliminates the lifting of heavy brake calipers and hubs, whilst keeping the lifting of discs to a minimum. This results in a dramatic reduction in downtime during brake disc maintenance and servicing. Brake disc servicing is traditionally a two-person job due to the heavy lifting involved, however BrakeMate® allows a single user to complete the whole process whilst saving up to 1 hour per disc. Other technicians are now free to complete further jobs more efficiently, meaning further time savings.

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To find out more about the range of products and services offered by Premier Pits, please call 01775 821 222 or visit

Shell Lubricants

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. Our aim is to meet the energy needs of society, in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future.

In terms of sustainable development, we aim to share benefits and reduce impacts through the choice of projects we invest in, improving the way we run our operations and making better products. This requires balancing short- and long-term interests and integrating economic, environmental and social considerations into business decision-making. This includes working to reduce our CO2 emissions and continuing to build on our relationships with our stakeholders.

We are striving to make the most of cleaner-burning natural gas through our output of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas to liquids (GTL) products. Also, we are helping to develop second-generation biofuels that don't compete with food crops.

Shell is proud to be associated with the IRTE Skills Challenge and wishes all competitors the best of luck!

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Teng Tools

The company got its name from a 12th century Japanese folk hero whose symbol stood for power and control, a fitting representation for the Teng Tools’ quality guaranteed products. Today the company offers over 2,200 tools distributed across more than thirty countries.

The company’s guaranteed tools and their unique tool control system do more than just get the job done, they help to improve workflow by creating a more organised and efficient workshop with smoother performance. With Teng on your side, you’ll save money and time by eliminating the hassle of searching for misplaced tools.

Teng Tools’ clients range from major industry leaders and respected vehicle manufacturers, to the top names in racing and even your next-door neighbour with the great garage. The company offers a worldwide distribution network to accommodate large or small orders with fast service, competitive prices and optimal quality.

Teng Tools continues to anticipate new user needs by working closely with professional users and applying their feedback to the development of new and even better tools and toolsets. Only Teng Tools offers Swedish design, the dependability of Taiwanese production, and costs competitive enough to please price-conscious professional users all over the world.

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Proud partners of the IRTE Skills Challenge

Route One

The indispensable resource for coach and bus professionals.

Our approach to news is different to all other UK PCV trade publications. We are acutely aware of the time constraints forced upon today’s operators; therefore, the news we offer is credible and adds value to their businesses.

We aim to serve the needs of our readers by putting them first; they are engaged and invested in our publication.

Whether you are looking to promote a service, launch a product, increase brand exposure, sell vehicles or recruit for that next key appointment, we have a package available to suit your needs.

Our circulation is verified by the ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations), so you can be confident your message will reach the right hands.

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S&B Automotive Academy

At the forefront of developing individuals in the motor vehicle and road transport sectors for over forty years, S&B; Automotive Academy is a pioneering, not-for-profit training provider, based in Bristol.

Recognised across the commercial vehicle industry for its research and application of leading edge technologies in support of learning, S&B; Automotive Academy has developed innovative and sustainable methods of improving individual and business performance within the national qualifications framework.


Transport Engineer

Transport Engineer is the official magazine of the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), a Professional Sector of SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).

Highly-respected throughout industry since 1970, Transport Engineer provides independent, technical news analysis and features every month.

With an ABC-audited circulation of 14,448 (ABC audit 2011).

Updated daily with news, jobs, videos, a supplier directory, white papers and more, Transport Engineer is now also online at

Register for the free Transport Engineer e-zine and get breaking news direct to your email inbox.

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Proud supporters the IRTE Skills Challenge


We carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.

We help you stay safe on Great Britain’s roads by:

  • helping you through a lifetime of safe driving
  • helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive
  • protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles

We employ around 4,600 people across Great Britain to do this. They include:

  • driving examiners
  • vehicle standards assessors
  • vehicle examiners
  • traffic examiners
  • customer service agents
  • registration and licensing officers
  • digital services and technology experts
  • corporate services experts, such as communications, finance and HR



The MAN brand stands worldwide for efficiency, innovation and customer proximity. The key to this success is the trust of our customers, based on the reliability of MAN products.

More than 100 years’ history of MAN trucks and buses prove the following: efficiency is more for us than just a trademark.MAN offers a multitude of solutions to fulfil customers’ wishes. Explore our truck series for long-distance, construction and distribution transport to discover vehicles that not only impress with utmost quality but also excel in all situations.

Contact us: Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 8YU
Call Us: +44 (0) 1793 448 000

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