Apprenticeships with Translink
The Translink Apprenticeship programme offers a range of Engineering Apprenticeships at various locations in Northern Ireland.
The company’s Bus services include Ulsterbus and Metro, while its Rail services operate under the Northern Ireland Railways brand. Translink operates 1300 buses and coaches, providing the Northern Ireland public with comprehensive stage carriage, express and school transport services.
This extensive provision requires modern and varied engineering facilities which are located throughout the province. In order to maintain and develop the highest standards of engineering, the Translink Apprenticeship programme offers 4 year Apprenticeship in both Technical Trades and Body Trades.
The Technical Trades Apprenticeship is four years in duration. With today’s modern vehicle it is recognised that training in a combination of mechanical and electrical systems is essential. To ensure that adequate training on both systems is provided, Translink will take the apprentice through four NVQs: Mechanical and Electrical at level 2, Mechanical and Electrical at level 3.
Apprentices also attend college one day per week, with the remaining four days spent at an Ulsterbus/Metro workshop where the college training is put into practice. Training in the workplace is an extension to what happens in college where it is necessary to record specific tasks undertaken in order to meet performance criteria thus building a portfolio of evidence.
The Body Trades Apprenticeship is four years in duration and combines the skills of three core trades: Sheet Metal, Body Building and Painting. As an appropriate qualification incorporating training on these three skills could not be sourced in N. Ireland, Body Trades Apprentices attend college in Coventry, England, where they undertake a specific Coach & Bus Body qualification.
Translink organises for Apprentices to fly home at weekends (if they choose to do so) so they attend college Monday – Friday. The college organises accommodation with host familes, who also provide a breakfast and an evening meal each day.
It is very much a home from home feel, with much effort to cater for all student requirements. When not at college Apprentices attend an Ulsterbus/Metro workshop. Training in the workplace is an extension to what happens in college, where it is necessary to record specific tasks undertaken in order to meet performance criteria thus building a portfolio of evidence.
In addition to the Translink Apprenticeship roles below, Translink also offer a range of Graduate roles in Operations and Engineering:
Roles Available with Translink
The Translink Apprenticeship programme offers two distinct Apprenticeship roles across their Northern Ireland operations:
- Technical Trades Apprenticeships:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Body Trades Apprenticeships:
- Sheet Metal, Body Building and Painting
Each Translink Apprenticeship programme is 4 years in duration.
Education Requirements for Translink
To apply for a Translink Apprenticeship, candidates will need to demonstrate the following qualifications:
- A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above or equivalent, including Maths and English.
Whilst not essential, it would be beneficial for applicants to have had involvement in an engineering-related activity and/or possess a relevant engineering qualification.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Translink?
Candidates should check the Translink Apprenticeship website for details of current roles and application dates.