IRTE completes ninth annual Skills Challenge12 June 2019

This year’s IRTE Skills Challenge, which took place the first week of June, welcomed 23 teams from 12 operating companies to S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol.

Participants faced 10 mechanical, eight electrical and four bodywork challenges, all of which were refreshed in comparision to 2018. And just like last year, the event ran tests in three categories: apprentices, qualified technicians and ‘masters’ – open only to previous winners.

The event’s focus on encouraging engineering skills through competitive exercises remains unchanged, even though this year it welcomed three new sponsors: workshop equipment supplier Premier Pits, emission control service provider Ceramex and parts supplier Imperial Engineering.

“We are constantly striving to reinvent the challenge to keep the tests abreast of new technology,” says SOE marketing manager Mike Hurst.

Winners will be named in a July lunch ceremony on 18 July at The Slate, a conference venue at the University of Warwick.

Other sponsors included Alexander Dennis, Allison Transmission, BAE Systems, Bridgestone, Knorr-Bremse, Shell and Teng Tools. In addition, supporters MAN Truck and Bus and DVSA provided tests and vehicles for the event.

Will Dalrymple

Related Companies
Alexander Dennis Ltd
Allison Transmission Europe BV
BAE Systems
Bridgestone UK Ltd
Ceramex Ltd
Knorr-Bremse for Commercial Vehicles Ltd
Premier Pits
S&B Automotive Academy
Shell International ltd

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