Operators: take up the IRTE challenge

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Winners from the previous IRTE Skills Challenge for 2011
Winners from the previous IRTE Skills Challenge for 2011

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers is calling operators to put their skills on the map by entering the IRTE Skills Challenge 2012.

The challenge is a nationwide skills test for bus and coach engineers, which demonstrates the importance and competence of the people who keep the industry moving. With individual and operator categories, the event recognises the vital contribution of bus and coach technicians.

“Following the high-profile launch at Coach & Bus Live earlier this month, the whole industry is getting excited about the IRTE Skills Challenge 2012,” said the IRTE.

“But it’s not just a competition celebrating a few highly-skilled engineers. The IRTE Skills Challenge is about recognising the unsung heroes which keep the country moving; the electrical, mechanical and bodywork engineers responsible for ensuring our buses and coaches run safely.

To enter the challenge, an operator must submit its chosen engineers into the individual and/ or team categories of the challenge. Based on the IRTE’s technicianlicensing scheme, irtec, the challenge covers both online and practical tests, to be carried out at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol on 26-29 June 2012.

Operators must register interest by January 31, 2012.

Contact Emma Thompson on [email protected]   Further details of the IRTE Skills Challenge are online at www.soe.org.uk/irteskills