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Arriva engineers excel at 2018 IRTE Skills Challenge

17 July 18

Kelsie Dugmore at a workbench during the 2018 IRTE Skills Challenge

A third year apprentice from Arriva Midlands has triumphed at the prestigious IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) Skills Challenge, which aims to reward the vital work and skills of bus engineers across the UK.

Kelsie Dugmore, a trainee PSV mechanic who is based at the Cannock depot, not only scooped top marks in the DVSA vehicle inspection category, but was also an intrinsic part of the Arriva UK Bus Team that won the award for Outstanding Apprentice Team during this year’s competition, which was celebrated during an event at the Rockingham Motor Speedway on 12th July.

Proving once again that Arriva Midlands employs some of the most talented and dedicated engineers in the UK Kelsie, who has been with the West Midlands team since 2015, showcased exemplary diagnostic skills during judging, and was joined on the winners podium by Neil Owen from Arriva Shrewsbury, a previous winner at the Skills Challenge, and this year placed second in the Outstanding Electrical Technician category.

Chief Engineer, Mick Burkitt, from Arriva Midlands, said: “In this region we have a strong history of performing well at the IRTE Skills Challenge, and that is testament not only to the importance we place on maintaining engineering excellence, but also the calibre of the teams and individuals we are proud to call our own.

“Both Kelsie and Neil are shining examples of how, with hard work and dedication, you can achieve real results. We’re immensely proud of their triumph in this year’s Skills Challenge, and even more so for what they accomplish on behalf of Arriva Midlands on a daily basis.”

Engineering IRTE Award Winners Standing on Stage

The IRTE Skills Challenge 2018, which took place in early June, saw competitors from all the major operators face off in a bid to discover the best in the coach and bus world. Entrants competed in a series of engineering challenges, covering the three disciplines of mechanical, electrical and bodywork, to see who had the best technicians in the industry.