Registration open for IRTE Skills Challenge 2012

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Registration for the IRTE Skills Challenge 2012 has opened after Allison Transmission, Bridgestone, Halfords Trade, Knorr-Bremse and Shell FuelSave Diesel were confirmed as returning sponsors for the competition.

The competition has individual and operator categories and celebrates the often unsung contribution of technicians in the coach and bus industry.

SOE chief executive Nick Jones said: “The IRTE Skills Challenge represents our key aims: to support, recognise and reward competence. Last year, thanks to the support of our sponsors and the skills of competitors, the competition proved to be a great success, and displayed the competence of the entire sector to a wide and varied audience.

“The 2012 event promises to be even bigger and better. Operators considering entering the competition are urged to register online before January 31, 2012.”

Once registered for the challenge, operators must submit and confirm all nominated competitor names by May 1, 2012.

There are no charges for entry to the IRTE Skills Challenge 2012, although operators will need to cover travel/subsistence costs. Places are limited and operators are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Contact SOE events manager Emma Thompson on, or find out more online at