The IRTE Bus & Coach Skills Challenge attracts the best PSV engineers and technicians from across the country to compete in a series of electrical, mechanical and bodywork challenges.  

This award-winning, industry renowned challenge, backed by the DVSA, is where sponsors foreground and road-test their new technology and forge new business connections.  

Find out more about the challenge and how you can help shape it here.

For our 12th edition, we are looking to introduce new technologies to expose our competitors to innovative solutions and challenge the status quo.  We believe the solution you provide might be a perfect fit for our challenge.  

This aligns with our vision to empower and equip the next generation of bus and coach technicians by providing challenging opportunities to test and advance their skills. 

As sponsors, you can:   

  • Shape and judge the challenge   
  • Showcase your sector relevant products     
  • Produce content around your technology and your role in Skills Challenge     
  • Advertise in two leading publications (RouteOne and Transport Engineer) and promote your products and services   
  • Network and forge new relationships with bus companies, regulators, end users and the media 
  • Get multiple branding opportunities   
  • Get marketing support throughout the campaign period   

If you would like to enquire about sponsoring the challenge, fill out the form below.

Interested in sponsoring the 2024 Skills Challenge Awards?

Fill in the form below and let us contact you regarding our sponsorship opportunities for this annual event.


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.


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.

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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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Freeway Fleet Systems

Freeway Fleet Systems has been providing asset/fleet management software to organisations of varying scope and complexity for more than 25 years, with core expertise in providing enterprise level solutions. Freeway users are typically involved in some form of transport across both the private and public sectors.

The longevity of their business has given them an in-depth knowledge of the unique challenges faced by those managing fleets in the transport/logistics and passenger carrying sectors and offers those investing in the system peace of mind that they will continue to support their product.

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Clarios is the world leader in automotive batteries. Our 16,000 employees develop, manufacture and distribute a portfolio of battery technologies for virtually every type of vehicle. Technologies that deliver sustainable, next-generation performance, and bring reliability, safety and comfort to everyday lives. In the UK, we deliver VARTA branded batteries for Automotive, Heavy Commercial Vehicle, Bus & Coach, Motorcycle and Leisure applications to our distribution partners and provide market leading solutions to the repairer and installer network.

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BYD UK was established in 2013 and primarily provides electric cars, pure electric buses, forklifts, solar panels, energy storage and interrelated after sales services. Our main strategy is to provide innovative electric products, featuring pioneering battery technology, to develop sustainable transport total solutions.

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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.

  • Advertise with Transport Engineer magazine.
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  • Sign up for the free monthly Transport Engineer e-zine.
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Proud supporters the IRTE Skills Challenge


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Totalkare specialises in vehicle lifts and testing equipment for heavy duty and light commercial vehicle workshops across multiple industries.

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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
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CPT is the trade association for the UK’s bus and coach industry helping to provide better journeys for all. We do this by representing around 900 members, giving them practical advice and support, and bringing the industry together to build better solutions.

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Bus Centre of Excellence

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The Bus Centre of Excellence (BCoE) funded by DfT and managed on their behalf by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) is a place for those working within the bus sector to come together to share best practice and develop skills to deliver better bus services across England. Whether you work for a local authority, an operator, or within a consultancy, the Bus Centre of Excellence is your one-stop shop for resources, guidance and support to help the bus back better. 

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