The 4th Annual Arriva UB Bus Engineering Conference

04 December 15

Graduating apprentices from across Arriva UK Bus

Tuesday 1st December saw 60 UK Bus colleagues from across the operating companies and guests gather at the Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough to attend the annual UK Bus engineering conference.

The event now in its 4th year and hosted at the hotel by bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, is a review of the past year and a looking forward at the strategy for the coming year for engineering. This was interspersed with some informative and exciting presentations, with the day rounded off by a celebration of engineering achievements that saw apprentices, engineers and managers recognised for their hard work.

The proceedings actually kicked-off on Monday 30th November, when Ian Tarran Engineering Director – UK Bus visited Arriva Midlands Wednesfield depot to present them with the inaugural award for being the best Inspection, Diagnostic and Triage (ID&T) depot in 2015.

ID&T is a depot efficiency project aimed at improving vehicle reliability, engineering efficiency and team working between engineering and traffic. Wednesfield was awarded the prize because of how they whole-heartedly adopted the process and the improvement that came as a consequence. Ian presented the whole team headed by General Manager Raj Chandler, Engineering Manager Rob Davies and Fleet Engineer Mick Burkitt a specially engraved trophy, certificate and a cheque for £250.

The conference itself started with a ‘state of the nation’ review of engineering by Ian Tarran, he also set out the vision for the year ahead, informing colleagues of projects they will see and be involved in. He also shared with the audience the main outcomes from the UK Bus Leadership Conference including the refreshed strategy ‘Arriva for your whole journey’. He was followed by a series of speakers presenting on topics ranging from the different types of energy, a personal development journey on the Arriva Bus Engineer Development Scheme, leading to registration with the Engineering Council.  Area Managing Director Phil Cummins and apprentice Pamela Chapman also offered some insight to the group about their very different career journeys, after which the delegates heard further presentations on Arriva Group strategy on zero emissions vehicles and new vehicle design and technology from bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis.

Arriva UK Bus Engineering Conference, Scarborough

The day concluded with a tour of the Alexander Dennis factory in Scarborough, and a recognition ceremony where ten graduating apprentices were awarded with their completion certificates by Ian Tarran.  

James Tant from Arriva North West was named apprentice of the year and received a cheque for £300 from sponsor Imperial Engineering.  Kris Johal was awarded Engineering Manager of the year and received a prize from sponsor ZF Transmissions.  Finally managers Stephen Parry, Jon Harman, Cedric Dalton, Martin Blakelock, Frank Rooney and Adam Stead were recognised with certificates for their outstanding achievements over the last twelve months.