Errigal Contracts, with production facilities in Antrim, specializing in partition systems, exterior cladding, cladding, interior work, ceilings and bespoke solutions, has been offering training and bachelor’s programs since 2016 to meet the growing need for trained professionals across the industry.

The company recently announced that it is now recruiting the next apprentice through its specially established training academy and is encouraging anyone interested in a future career in construction to apply now.

With significant growth and investment in its apprenticeship programs over the past five years, the City & Guilds Recognized Errigal Apprenticeship Academy offers its graduates a variety of employment opportunities.

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The Academy’s apprenticeship program provides that upon successful completion of a two-year course, each student will be offered a full-time, permanent position at Errigal, where the student will also earn £ 32,000. This training includes a Level 2 Diploma in Drywall and a Level 2 NVQ in Interior Systems, as well as certificates in a number of other areas.

After completing their training, students are guaranteed a full-time position in the company. In addition, trainees receive guidance on financial management and practical life skills that they can use when working on projects outside of their home.

The Errigal Contracts Training Academy also offers a specialized study program for those seeking a rewarding career in the construction industry.

The company currently has 19 students studying quantity takeoff, construction management, construction engineering, procurement, and finance, all at various levels from year one to year five.

Damien Treanor, Managing Director with Errigal apprentices Ben Henry and Sean Carson

Students graduate part-time while working on live projects, many of which are landmarks like 22 Bishopsgate in London and Battersea Power Station.

Damien Treanor, Managing Director of Errigal Contracts, said the company takes great pride in the advances the academy has made in such a short period of time and the highly skilled artisans that result from it.

He said: “We developed a five-year plan and the focus was on our young people and our aim to train our employees properly.

“We decided to develop our own training academy to ensure that students are taught according to the Errigal Way. We selected people who had been with Errigal for at least 10 years to become certified tutors and assessors.

Errigal apprentices

“Our commitment is to train young people in the construction industry across Ireland, the UK and Europe and to care for the future.

“It was a proud moment in all of our careers when we became the first apprenticeship provider and drywall contractor to select one of our trainees, Brendan Duddy, for the WorldSkills UK Talent Development Program.

“The 46th WorldSkills competition will take place in Shanghai, China, in October 2022, and will have over 1,400 participants from more than 60 countries and regions in over 60 professions.

“Brendan is currently training one week a month for WorldSkills and has just completed his first International Pressure Test at the City of Glasgow College against Brazil. He works very hard to achieve his goals and is a shining example for everyone in the industry. “

Damien said this is an exciting time for young people to get into the construction industry.

He continued, “Building is changing rapidly and with the advances in digital building there are so many different areas of expertise within the industry.

“We can support the aspirations of apprentices and students, and as the industry continues to change and develop, so will their careers if we invest in our people the Errigal Way.”

Errigal Contracts was recently awarded the Supply Chain Champion for Employment and Skills by Vistry Partnerships, largely due to the recruitment of apprentices and students and the variety of opportunities offered.

Damien added, “Technology is really starting to move the construction industry forward and is opening up so many more exciting career paths. People have to move away from the idea that the industry only offers low-paying manual jobs.

“Because Errigal Contracts pays both tuition fees and a salary, students who successfully complete the programs will begin their work careers free of student debt.”

The application deadline for apprenticeship training is Friday, July 16. Successful applicants will be interviewed from the third week of July with the new trainees at the start of their training in August. To learn how to apply for the Errigal Contracts Training Academy, visit www.errigalcontracts.com or send an email [email protected]racts.com

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