IRTE champions are crowned

first_imgWinners of the fifth annual IRTE Skills Challenge announced at high-profile ceremony.The winners of this year’s IRTE Skills Challenge, the competition for coach and bus technicians, have been announced.The Challenge saw 50 technicians and apprentices entered from 10 operators, battling it out over five days in June at the S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol.The top prize – the IRTE Outstanding Team Award, given to the highest-scoring team – was won by teammates Andrew Howie, Tim Laws-Chapman and Ray Silcox from FirstGroup.This year the Challenge saw the introduction of a new award, the Philip Margrave Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement, given to the individual who most embodies the spirit of the Challenge. Pamela Chapman, an apprentice mechanic from Arriva, was its first winner.Pamela also walked away with the Top Scoring Electrical and Mechanical Award (with teammate Tom King), the Runner Up DVSA Inspection Apprentice Award, and Top Scoring Mechanical Apprentice.Lloyd Mason, Engineering Development Manager for Arriva UK Bus, has taken part since the event was founded in 2011. “The IRTE Skills Challenge is now an established event in the bus and coach calendar, and encourages engineers to showcase their abilities and perform to the highest level,” he says.The keynote speaker for the ceremony, held at the National Motorcycle Museum adjacent to the NEC, Birmingham on 16 July, was Sir Moir Lockhead OBE, patron of the Society of Operations Engineers, the umbrella organisation of IRTE.He said: “It has been an honour to see the commitment of operators, technicians and apprentices in this year’s competition.“This event not only rewards those individuals who are committed to their profession, but also the operators who strive to ensure their people are trained to the highest standards.”The winners received prizes from Teng Tools, as well as a demonstration day out with the DVSA, which supported the Challenge for the second year.last_img read more