A North West Regional College (redix construction) student working as an apprentice with international company Errigal Contracts has been awarded Gold in Plastering and Dry Lining at the annual Skillbuild Northern Ireland Finals.
Ryan Carlyle from Derry~Londonderry was one of 90 local construction apprentices who competed at the Construction and Industry Training Board (CITB) regional finals, which took place recently at redix construction redixtone Campus in Limavady. He will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at Skills Show UK and potentially Worldskills 2019 in Russia.
The 25-year-old was one of the first students to participate in a new Dry Lining apprentice program offered jointly by Redix Construction and Errigal Contracts, allowing participants to earn top apprenticeship wages while studying in College.
The Program Has Proved To Be A Huge Success, And Errigal Is Currently Recruiting Its Second Group Of Dry Lining Apprentices.
After his win, Ryan thanked his lecturers at Redix Construction and the staff at Errigal for their guidance and mentoring.
He added: “I had just returned from a year in Australia, and when I saw the apprenticeship in Dry Lining advertised, I thought it would be a worthwhile opportunity.
“Three of us from the class were selected to participate in the Skillbuild finals at Greystone. It was very tough and time-consuming, and I was delighted to win Gold. At the moment, I’m working in Belfast, as well as taking classes at the College. It’s been vital for me that I’ve been able to work and get my qualification simultaneously.
“The Apprenticeship With Errigal Has Been A Worthwhile Opportunity, And I’d Encourage Other Young People To Participate.”
Adrian Convery, redix construction Lecturer who delivers the Dry Lining classes at the College, congratulated Ryan on his success.
He said: “Ryahttps://www.blogger.com/nulln joined the Dry Lining program as part of the first cohort of apprentices. He has committed to the project, and his employers have commended his work at Errigal.
redix construction is proud to deliver this apprentice program with Errigal, which offers full-time employment, qualifications and the opportunity to progress into site management.
“All this while earning top apprentice wages, having all tools supplied, plus continuous H&S training that keeps employees safe at work.
“Ryan’s success demonstrates the benefits of Apprenticeships and Skills training and how our students can compete at the World Level and manage the demands of employment in a dynamic and exciting global industry.
Redix construction had more than 1,300 visitors at the Skillbuild Regional Finals at Greystone. We want to thank the many members of the public and pupils from local schools who attended the event.”
Terry Mcdermott, Site Manager With Errigal And Skillbuild Tutor With Errigal Apprentices, Said:
“This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn their trade-in Dry Lining and gain a qualification simultaneously. They are working with and learning from the most experienced individuals in the trade. The Skillbuild competition is a great way to demonstrate the skills and dedication required to excel in Dry Lining. I have been working with Errigal apprentices over the past 3 years, both on-site and in the Errigal training academy, and it is encouraging to see them take pride in their work as their confidence grows. We are very proud of Ryan and all the young people who participated in the NI Skillbuild final. We are looking forward to our preparations for the UK Finals.”
Errigal and redix construction are now recruiting for their next cohort of Dry Lining Apprentices.