16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A survey conducted had shown that 50 out of 69 people employed at the site of the new Monaghan Education Campus development were from within a 40-mile radius of the campus, Chief Executive Martin O’Brien informed the members of Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee on Monday.
Committee member Owen Bannigan had referred to a recent discussion at Monaghan Town Council in relation to the level of local employment on the project and had requested information from the CEO in this regard.
P J O’Hanlon also referred to the recent announcement at VEC level that there would be a prospect for people to complete their apprenticeships by working on the new development, and that the contractors Sisk were looking positively at this, and he asked at what stage this proposal was at.
VEC Chairperson Matt Carthy thanked the CEO for dealing with a number of enquiries himself and a number of his Sinn Féin party colleagues had with regard to the level of local employment at the site of the Education Campus development.
Colr Carthy said the information had been very forthcoming, and he would encourage other VEC members who had similar queries brought to their attention to contact directly with the CEO on the matter. There was a determination to ensure that as many local people that could be employed were employed, and there had been some very positive work done on this.
“There are people working in Co Monaghan at present who would not be if it were not for the decision of the CEO and Sisk in seeing they were given this opportunity,” the Chairperson stated.
After supplying the survey information referred to above, the CEO told the meeting that Sisk would not be directly employing apprentices. Apprenticeships would be engaged by the sub-contractors that came on board the project, and the sub-contractors were not yet on board as the work taking place on the development at present was construction in nature.
Mr O’Brien said that the provision of electrical and mechanical apprenticeships would take place down the road. Some CVs had already been submitted to the VEC and these had been passed on to Sisk who would in turn pass them on to the sub-contractors.
Colr O’Hanlon welcomed the fact that apprenticeship opportunities would …

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