IRTE searches for top bus and coach tecnicians

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers has started its search for the best bus and coach technicians in the UK and Ireland with its Skills Challenge competition.

Skills Challenge celebrates the technicians who keep the country’s buses and coaches on the road and ready for business. The competition allows technicians to test their expertise in a series of mechanical, electrical and bodywork tasks as well as see who is up to the challenge of maintaining a modern passenger carrying fleet.

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Sponsored by Allison Transmission, BAE Systems, Bridgestone, Knorr-Bremse and Shell Lubricants, the IRTE Skills Challenge is used by operators as a way of promoting their commitment to skills and training.

Last year’s competition saw technicians and apprentices from operators including Arriva, Go-Ahead London, Reading Buses, Translink and FirstGroup battle it out to see who was up to the challenge. Arriva team-mates Glenn Cooke, Colin Harris and Stephen Hall took 2013’s top award for Outstanding Achievement.

This year technicians will compete for prizes from Teng Tools, as well as the chance to say they’re the best in the business.

Ian Chisholm, Head of Operations at the Society of Operations Engineers which incorporate IRTE, said, “The IRTE Skills Challenge mirrors IRTE’s aims of encouraging best practice, inspiring lifelong learning, and promoting the value of technical skills in the road transport industry. By offering a benchmark against which individuals and companies can measure themselves, the IRTE Skills Challenge encourages bus and coach technicians and operators to strive for the best – and rewards those who achieve it.”

Alex Fiddes, Chief Operating Officer of VOSA, said, “The IRTE Skills Challenge is a fantastic event that recognises everything that’s good about the bus industry. It’s a chance to celebrate the people who strive to achieve the highest professional standard, something that VOSA and I strongly encourage.”

Entry to the IRTE Skills Challenge is free, and the competition will take place at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol from 2 to 6 June 2014. To enter your team, go to www.soe.org.uk/irteskills or contact Sheena Patel on sheena.patel@soe.org.uk or 0044 (0) 20 7630 2174.