Gas Networks Ireland welcomes two Offaly students to 2018 Apprenticeship Scheme

Offaly natives, Ciaran Burke and Jack Kirwan describe their motivations and delight on joining Gas Networks Ireland’s apprenticeship programme

Issued: 30th October 2018

Ciaran Burke from Tullamore and Jack Kirwan from Birr have been selected among the latest group of apprentices for Gas Networks Ireland. Ciaran and Jack join five other successful applicants from around Ireland, who have been selected for the four year programme, starting this week in Dublin.

One of the most sought after apprenticeships in Ireland, the GNI programme provides mentor-led apprenticeships in Plumbing, Electrical Instrumentation and Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting. It is facilitated in partnership with SOLAS. On completion of the Apprenticeship Programme, the successful trainees will be awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft. This is recognised nationally and internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.

Brian Flynn, Gas Technical Competency Training Manager, Gas Networks Ireland comments:

“We are delighted to welcome Ciaran and Jack with five other new recruits to the Gas Networks Ireland apprenticeship programme. The programme is extremely important to us, as it allows us to share our knowledge and experience with a new group of colleagues who are driven, ambitious and want to play an important role in Ireland’s energy future. We are thrilled to have students of Ciaran and Jack’s calibre on board and we look forward to working with them into the future.”

Brian Flynn, Gas Technical Competency Training Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

Commenting on Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme, Ciaran Burke from Tullamore, County Offaly says:

“I’ve always been a very active person with a practical approach to learning, I am a team player and always work hard. So far this has resulted in great success as part of the Ballinamere GAA team and as a member of the Colaiste Choilm hurling team that won an All-Ireland College title this year. This emphasis on team work is a trait I will bring with me to Gas Networks Ireland apprenticeship programme. I look forward to beginning an exciting career alongside my fellow apprentices in mentor-led surroundings.”

Ciaran Burke from Tullamore, County Offaly

Ahead of the Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme which commences this week, Jack Kirwan from Birr, County Offaly says:

“Throughout school and my hobbies I arrive at a solution with a ‘hands on approach’, this is reflected in my love of music and handball. When looking ahead at options after my leaving certificate, the pathway of college or university didn’t appeal to me. The apprenticeship programme is a chance to be part of Ireland’s energy future, in a rewarding company where I gain skills and knowledge to future-proof my career in mentor-led environment”

Jack Kirwan from Birr, County Offaly

Issued by Murray on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland.
For further details, please contact:

Mary O’Mahony, PR Manager, Gas Networks Ireland
T: 0214534545
E: Mary.OMahony@gasnetworks.ie

Jackie Phelan, Murray
T: 01 4980324
E: jphelan@murraygroup.ie