Arriva's engineers prove to be nation's best
Arriva’s engineers dominated the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Skills Challenge winning six out of seven categories, along with one employee receiving a special award
The annual challenge, which took place in June, saw teams from Ipswich Buses, London Borough of Redbridge, MoD, Translink, Wilts & Dorset, Bluestar, Go-Ahead and Trent Barton challenge each other and Arriva in a number of disciplines, testing contestants on three areas of engineering; mechanical, body and electrical.
The IRTE Skills Challenge consists of nine categories and on Wednesday, 25th July the results were revealed. In its best ever performance, Arriva featured in seven, and won six. In addition, in recognition of his service to the IRTE Skills Challenge, engineer trainer, Lloyd Mason, was presented with a special award for Technical Excellence to Training.
Lloyd Mason, engineer trainer for Arriva UK Bus, said: “It is a fantastic result and testament to the skills and dedication of all involved. We came into this year’s competition looking for our best ever result, that would showcase to the industry the level of expertise that exists across Arriva.
“We entered a strong team in 2012, made up of the top performing engineers from our internal engineering competition, this included two of the winners of our competition, and I think the results speak for themselves.”
Mike Cooper, managing director of Arriva UK Bus, said: “We can all be proud of Lloyd and the engineers who took part this year’s IRTE Skills Challenge to great success. It’s an amazing achievement to win six out of seven, including the team category, and it is with great delight I congratulate Lloyd on his well deserved special award.”
Nick Jones, chief executive of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), of which the IRTE is a Professional Sector congratulated the winners on their impressive achievements: “The IRTE Skills Challenge represents the IRTE’s key aims: to support, recognise and reward competence. I’m delighted to see this competition affording the technicians who maintain buses and coaches an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities on a national stage.”
The six winners were:
Top Scoring Electrical Technician – Colin Harris, Milton Keynes, Arriva – The Shires & Essex
Top Scoring Body Technician – Charlie Devlin, Durham, Arriva North East
Top Scoring Mechanical Apprentice – Tom Hubbard, Wigston, Arriva Midlands
Top Scoring Body Apprentice – Wayne Stanton, Gillingham, Arriva Southern Counties
Top Scoring Electrical Apprentice – Ross Moffatt, Ashington, Arriva North East
IRTE Award for Outstanding Achievement: Colin Harris, Milton Keynes, Arriva – The Shires & Essex, Charlie Devlin, Durham, Arriva North East, and Glenn Cooke, Luton, Arriva The Shires & Essex.
Lloyd added: “I’d also like to thank three apprentices who also represented Arriva in the competition; Craig Pearce Arriva Midlands, Liam Bates Arriva North East and James Ward Arriva The Shires & Essex.
“Arriva places a great deal of emphasis on training and supporting engineers across the depots, resulting in a highly skilled and capable workforce that provides the backbone of the company from Northumberland to Kent. It is this commitment that has led to our success, and I thank all those involved across the regions that are the real reason for me receiving my award.”
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Notes to editors:
Arriva’s commitment to training is illustrated by the company leading the way and becoming the first operator to convert one of their buses into a mobile technical training classroom.
Since launching in 2010, a large percentage of the Arriva Southern Counties and Arriva The Shires & Essex engineers have been onboard the classroom bus for refresher training. The bus has also journeyed to the Midlands where other Arriva engineers have benefitted from the training rigs fitted in the bus. Tony Ward the former engineering director (ED) of Arriva Southern Counties and now Arriva London ED who led the project was so pleased with the concept that he has commissioned another technical training bus for Arriva London.