IRTE Skills Challenge News

Skills Challenge Day 4 Review

8th Jun 2017

The IRTE Skills Challenge went out with a bang on the fourth and final day at the automotive academy in Bristol.

With Belfast-based Translink, First Eastern Counties, Bournemouth Transport and Trent Barton lining up on Thursday, the event remained competitive to the last.

Elton Musson, Bodyman at Bournemouth Transport, said: “I was a bit terrified on the way here, but it’s very well organised and as soon as I got going I started to relax. I enjoy making things and I was kept busy for the whole day.”

Technical Engineer at Translink, David Carson, said: “It’s been extremely successful for team morale. It works as a way to measure us, as a company, against others, and to assess any new technology, especially some of the hybrid vehicles.”

Richard Gilmore, Fleet Manager at First Eastern Counties was pleased his team enjoyed the day. He said: “Our team have had a fantastic experience today. It’s an opportunity to test their skills against their peers. We had a number of volunteers wanting to get involved, making it difficult for us to choose. Once they got past the first round, they settled, and enjoyed their experience.”

Also from First Eastern, Mechanical Engineer Jordan Waters, said: “It’s been a really good experience which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Wayne Potter, Engineering Manager at Trent Barton, said his team thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. He said: “As a manager, we’ve had some great feedback from our team. We’ve been successful with winners from the last two years. The time constraints mean you are put under pressure so, at times, you have to think outside the box.”

Miles Williams, Bodyman at Trent Barton, said: “I came in without knowing what to expect, but it focuses the mind, and it’s nice to work outside your comfort zone.

Fellow Trent Barton technician, Dean Fillingham, said: “I don’t know what to expect with the results. I enjoyed doing something different and I would be very keen to come back.

Steve Evans, Mechanical Technician for Bournemouth Transport, said: “It was my first time here so I was quite apprehensive, but I just went in to enjoy myself.”

The Skills Challenge awards ceremony will take place on July 13, where all the teams taking part will find out the final results.

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