At the 5th annual IRTE Skills Challenge presentation, Arriva UK Bus, a pioneer of the competition again saw its engineers come away with a number of awards. The competition took place at the S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol between 1st and 4th June, and involved 10 bus and coach operators and 50 competitors. Arriva was represented by technicians and apprentices from London, the Midlands and the North East, who competed on 2nd June.
Having enjoyed notable success over the years, we have earned the reputation as the team to beat and this year was no exception with very determined challenges from the other operators. The results were revealed at the presentation ceremony held at the national Motor Cycle Museum on 16th July.
Our successes came with Tom King from Arriva London and Pamela Chapman from Arriva Midlands winning the joint award for to scoring electrical and mechanical. Tom was also rewarded as the top scoring electrical apprentice and Pamela the top scoring mechanical apprentice, with Matthew Newton from Arriva North East runner up in the top scoring bodywork apprentice award. Pamela was also runner up in the top scoring DVSA inspection apprentice award and, we’re delighted to say, the very first winner of the Philip Margrave award for Outstanding Achievement – firmly establishing her as being at the pinnacle of her profession.
We are, once again, extremely pleased and very proud with the efforts of all our engineers in the competition, it’s not easy to perform under the spotlight and for this they deserved to be commended.