IRTE Skills Challenge 2024 event hosted by S&B Automotive AcademyCelebrating Excellence: The IRTE Bus & Coach Skills Challenge 2024

The IRTE Bus & Coach Skills Challenge 2024 is a premier event celebrating the expertise of bus and coach engineers. Taking place from 3rd to 7th June at S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol, this competition offers engineers the chance to demonstrate their skills across mechanical, electrical, and bodywork disciplines. Participants, ranging from apprentices to seasoned technicians, will engage in rigorous theoretical and practical tests. Winners will be honoured at a prestigious awards lunch in July, receiving trophies, SOE memberships, and other prizes.

Event Highlights:

  • Dates: Skills testing week from 3rd to 7th June 2024.
  • Location: S&B Automotive Academy, Bristol.
  • Entry Criteria: Open to PSV apprentices and technicians working in bus or coach operations.
  • Awards: 16 categories, including individual and team awards, with trophies and SOE memberships for winners.
  • Prizes: Certificates for all participants and additional sponsored prizes for winners.

Test Categories:

  1. Mechanical: Tasks include engines, transmissions, braking systems, steering, and suspensions.
  2. Electrical: Includes fault-finding using wiring diagrams, multimeters, and computer diagnostics.
  3. Bodywork: Covers fabrication, welding, bonding, panel repairs, and bus materials.

Key Dates:

  • Registrations Open: 9th January 2024
  • Entry Deadline: 15th May 2024
  • Skills Testing Week: 3rd - 7th June 2024
  • Awards Lunch: July 2024

This challenge not only tests technical prowess but also promotes networking and professional growth within the engineering community. For more information, visit the official website.

 To find out more about how you can further your career, talk to our team today about apprenticeship and commercial training opportunities.


S&B Automotive Academy
Unit A Princess Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4AG. 8.00am-4.30pm.

T: 0117 953 3001

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