Are you the best in bus & coach?

The UK's PSV technician competition

IRTE Skills Challenge is an annual competition, taking place in June with our partners, S&B Automotive, to find the engineering stars working in the bus and coach industries. These industries fall under the radar in public perception, and yet are the places where some of the most modern and complex vehicles can be found on the road. 

Modern PSV technicians need traditional mechanical skills, may need to turn their hand to welding, but also diagnose and fault find on a complex modern clean fuel bus. This range of day to day challenges makes them some of the most versatile operations engineers out there, and the IRTE Skills Challenge aims to celebrate this expertise. 

Every June we take over S&B Automotive in Bristol for a week, where around 35 teams of qualified and apprentice PSV engineers compete in a series of electrical, mechanical and bodywork challenges to find out who is the best in bus & coach. The winners are crowned later in the summer at a glittering awards ceremony. We welcome entrants from large and small organisations - and have had teams from as far away as Singapore.

Skills Challenge news

A family affair at IRTE Skills Challenge 2019

Lothian Bus duo Kyle and Peter Mcleod have become the first brothers to compete in the skills competition for bus and coach technicians.

Ceramex and Imperial Engineering confirmed as new sponsors of IRTE Skills Challenge

Ceramex and Imperial Engineering are both putting their support behind the IRTE Skills Challenge 2019 competition for bus and coach technicians and apprentices by becoming new sponsors of the event.

Skills Challenge creating leaders of the future

Competing at the Skills Challenge, the fast-growing competition for bus and coach technicians, can help vital communication and teamwork skills and set competitors up as future leaders, according to Teng Tools Brand Manager Colin North.


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