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Success at the IRTE Skills Challenge 2018 : L-R James Woodhouse, Harry Burns and Jamie Gardner with their trophies
Not only do we have really good drivers but we also have really good engineers too.
Our bodywork engineer Jamie Gardner, 29, from Belper, electrical technician James Woodhouse, 26, from Derby and mechanical technician Harry Burns, 23, from Derby have won the Outstanding Team title in the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Skills challenge.
We have just over 300 buses in our fleet, and it takes a team of dedicated engineers to manage and maintain them in order to exceed our customers’ expectations. The Skills Challenge aims to recognise and celebrate the vital work engineers do to keep the bus industry’s wheels moving.
As well as winning the team title, Jamie, who joined trentbarton in 2006, won the solo award for the Top Scoring Bodywork Technician.
Wayne Potter, trentbarton’s engineering manager, said “When they announced that our team had won I jumped for joy. Jamie was absolutely gobsmacked with his double achievement. It’s the first time we have won the team award and also our first individual win – it was amazing.”
All three engineers joined trentbarton as apprentices, each completing four years before becoming fully qualified. trentbarton take on between four and eight new apprentices each year and they can now aspire to excel like role models such as Jamie, Harry and James.
Learn more about our new engineer and apprenticeship opportunities at trentbarton.