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The Translink SPIRIT

Monday 11 March 2019

Last week we celebrated 40 years of the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition. Supporting the environment and community spirit lies at the heart of Ulster in Bloom – priorities that are also reflected in Translink’s corporate social responsibility goals of Go Eco and Go Together.  


"Priorities that are also reflected in Translink’s corporate social responsibility goals of Go Eco and Go Together."

The success of Ulster in Bloom relies on the commitment and talent shown by local councils, community groups, businesses & Translink staff and it’s great to see participant numbers grow again for 2019 as we enter the next decade of the competition.

Congratulations to Whitehead Rail Halt and Lisburn Train Station who won their categories this year and to all the staff that get involved in supporting Ulster in Bloom and showing the Translink SPIRIT.

Last week was also the final of the Translink Schools Gold Cup.  This new partnership and competition were launched last September with the Irish Football Association (IFA).  It has involved the eight post-primary schools in Northern Ireland who have been awarded the prestigious Gold Schools Quality Mark accreditation by the IFA Foundation. It is an exciting competition which promotes exercise and healthier lifestyles for young people – priorities that are reflected in Translink’s corporate social responsibility goal of Go Healthy. The winner of the inaugural Translink Schools Gold Cup was the very deserving Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock.  For more information on the Cup and the partnership please click here

The Translink leadership framework (Lead, Engage, Adapt & Deliver) underpins the people element of SPIRIT and I would like to offer my congratulations to some people who have used the ‘Adapt’ competency to recently complete goals within their personal development plans:

Brian Goodfellow who has been awarded “Chartered Manager” status by the Chartered Management Institute. This award is the highest standard that can be achieved in the management profession and is testament to Brian’s skills which he brings to Translink and wider networks.

James Pedlow from Milewater Service Centre, who was awarded the Northern Ireland Institution of Road Transport Engineers Student of the Year. James, who completed his 4-year apprenticeship in September 2019 attending Northern Regional College, was the top scoring NI student in the NVQ Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Engineering qualification. I would also like to recognise the good work undertaken by the Engineering Training Team who oversee these high-quality apprenticeship programmes.

Additionally, our four Operations Graduates (Rosanna Jack, Andrew Blom, Grace Lundy and Emma Whyte)  who have successfully completed their OCR Level 3 Certificate of Professional Competence for Transport Managers.

Finally, I am pleased to be able to report that the new Portrush Station project has taken another major step forward in recent days, with the removal of the scaffolding, which has wrapped the structure during the last few weeks. As we enter the last stages of the project, we’ll be focusing on completing the build of the station to the very highest specifications, both inside and out.