16 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sisk, the developers of Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee’s multi-million campus project at Knockaconny, are offering local workers an opportunity to complete their apprenticeships by working on the scheme.
Workers who may have had their apprenticeships interrupted by lay-offs in the construction industry in recent times will be considered for relevant employment at the campus site so that they can complete their training, Chief Executive Officer Martin G O’Brien told Monday’s VEC meeting in Monaghan Town.
Mr O’Brien said that if there were apprentices in the area who had not finished their training owing to their employment being discontinued, Sisk would have a look to see if they could get them employed on the campus construction, so they could finish out their apprenticeship in a trade that was being used on the project.
In a detailed report on the progress of the development, the CEO said that there was a lot of construction work going on at the site. About 23,500 man-hours work on the project had been expended to date, and excluding people directly employed by Sisk there were 70 people working on the site at present.
Thomas McSkeane from Ballybay had been appointed the new Clerk of Works, and Mr O’Brien welcomed him to the project and said he would be a big addition.
The CEO said that most of the demolition had now been completed at the site, and outlined the construction work that would take place in the coming weeks on the new Monaghan Institute for Further Education and Training and the energy centre that would be located underneath the institute. He also detailed progress that was taking place at the sites of the new Colaiste Oiriall and Gaelscoil Ultan, and the gymnasium.
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