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Translink apprentices scoop top awards in UK-wide transport industry challenge

5 December 2016

One of the most respected and high profile bodies in the UK transport industry – the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) – has officially recognised the skills and expertise of two Translink technical apprentices.

John McKeen from Larne and Gavin McManus from Belfast, who are both based in Translink’’s Falls Bus Engineering Depot, scooped 2 of 3 awards up for grabs at this year’s IRTE Apprentice of the Year Awards, beating-off stiff competition from 18 other bus and coach operators from all over the UK.

The IRTE Challenge provides a valuable opportunity for bus engineers and technicians to showcase their professional competence. Participants are put through their paces in a series of theoretical and practical engineering challenges covering mechanical, electrical and bodywork disciplines.

John and Gavin’s achievements reflect the benefits of Translink apprenticeship schemes which enable staff to learn as they earn, developing expert skill-sets.

Speaking about their achievement, award winner John McKeen said: “The challenge was a great way to showcase the skills I’ve gained during my four year apprenticeship with Translink. I’m delighted to have won the IRTE Bodywork Award and I would definitely recommend a Translink apprenticeship for the top class training opportunities it gives you.”

Receiving the IRTE ‘Electrical’ Award, Gavin McManus said: “My Translink apprenticeship has been a fantastic experience; everyday I’m challenged in my areas of expertise and surrounded by a top class team of mentors that train me to the highest standards.”

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said the skills challenge was a great way to boost employee confidence and benchmark performance against other leading transport providers:

“Translink has really embraced the value of apprenticeships for business success. They equip staff with the expert know-how and professional capabilities to fulfil their job responsibilities to the highest level - John and Gavin are testament to this. We currently employ over 30 Translink bus and rail engineering apprentices with 16 due to graduate this year having obtained the skills they need to build a successful and rewarding career. We are also planning to recruit more apprentices onto our winning programme next year.”
 
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Published
5/12/2016

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