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Utility Industry Specialist Traineeship Programme Offers Pathway to Construction Career

Utility Industry Specialist Traineeship

A new training programme to upskill workers or train new entrants in best utilities construction practices begins in late January at the National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas, Co Offaly.

Utility Industry Specialist Traineeship

The Utility Industry Specialist Traineeship programme, developed by the National Construction Training Centre in consultation with the CIF and some of Ireland’s leading infrastructure contractors, as well as utility providers, is designed to give participants specialised training in a broad range of aspects involved in delivering and maintaining important national infrastructure. The intention is to create a pipeline of skilled people and to upskill existing workers in order to deliver on projects in the ‘Project Ireland 2040’ programme.

Course Modules

The traineeship will involve intensive training at both the National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas, and “on the job” with contractors working in the sector. It is fully funded, with no additional cost to employers for the training.

Participants will be trained in the following:

  • Safe Pass
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Manual handling
  • Confined space
  • Plant operation (Forward tipping dumper, 360 excavator, telescopic handler)
  • Location of underground services
  • Signing, lighting and guarding of roadworks
  • Installation of pipes in a controlled environment to simulate a public road
  • City & Guilds qualification in networks construction operations
  • Butt-fusion and electro-fusion of pipes
  • Leak detection
  • Pipe repair
  • Swabbing and commissioning methods
  • Introduction to formwork and steel fixing
  • Groundwater control and temporary works.

Course Objectives

Sean Mannion, SHEQ Manager, Ward & Burke Construction and a member of the CIF Liaison Committee says, “We have had an enthusiastic response to the announcement of the course, with several CIF members putting participants forward. The objective is to give the participants a solid grounding in modern construction practices. The programme is spread across 18 months, in class and on site. It is an ideal opportunity for employers to help their most promising staff move to the next level, and I would encourage members to take up this opportunity.”

Alan Grady, Contracts Manager, Coffey Construction, says, “This traineeship will undoubtedly bridge the widening gap between the availability of suitably qualified people and the resources to ensure safe, efficient and high-quality delivery of important utility infrastructure. Coffey Group is delighted to offer its support to the traineeship and we look forward to welcoming the first graduates into the industry. The graduates will be the first in a long line of highly trained personnel into the sector, thus safeguarding the delivery of utility infrastructure into the future.”

Who should apply

Dermot Carey, Director, Safety and Training, CIF, says, “The programme is also open to school-leavers. It is a great new initiative to offer young people a pathway into the construction sector and to a rewarding career. The successful candidates will be much in demand in the sector. CIF would also encourage any young person who has an interest in this area to enquire about the programme, in addition to employers who wish to upskill their existing personnel.”

If you would like information on the Utility Industry Specialist Traineeship or to put an employee forward for the programme, contact Dermot Carey on 086 832 0648, or at [email protected]