IRTE Skills Challenge

What is the IRTE Skills Challenge?

Pioneered by the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), the IRTE Skills Challenge champions and rewards the vital work and skills of bus engineers across the UK.

In June 2018, bus and coach operators from all over the UK sent teams to compete in a series of engineering challenges covering the three disciplines of mechanical, electrical and bodywork, to see who had the best technicians in the industry.

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"To be nominated for this competition is a really big thing for each team member. They have been chosen from a large number of engineers and it makes them feel valued. It is great that their talent gets noticed."

Gino Diponio, Depot Engineer at Lothian Bus

"We are great advocates of continuous improvement. I think there is a lot you can do, not just in the working life but also from an educational perspective, to improve yourself every day. But there a no substitute for rolling your sleeves up and demonstrating it in the real work environment."

Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive, DVSA

"Putting myself to the test to see what I was like has been good. I’ve pitted myself against some other contestants to see what level they are at and finding what level I’m at. It’s been a fantastic experience."

Wayne Ellis, Mechanic at Arriva

Latest News

Skills Challenge 2018 off to a flying start

5th Jun 2018

The IRTE Skills Challenge 2018 kicked-off with teams from Abellio, Lothian Buses and Tower Transit entering the competition arena at the S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol.

Cleaner vehicles: Which is the best way to go?

14th Mar 2018

BAE Systems, back to sponsor the IRTE Skills Challenge for a second year, is pledging its future to the industry by diversifying its offering away from diesel.

Technicians pivotal to any maintenance organisation

7th Mar 2018

Technicians will always be a ‘pivotal point’ within any maintenance organisation and the complexity of modern vehicles will mean the need for highly skilled technicians will continue to grow, says Allison Transmission UK & ROI OEM Account Manager, Ashley Brooks.

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