In 2015, Gas Networks Ireland, the owner and operator of Ireland’s natural gas network, launched its first apprenticeship programme in over 30 years. 14 apprentices were recruited and began work in September 2015, including Philip Cremin, from Mallow in Cork. Philip has been working with his mentor Kieran Lynch, from Blarney, County Cork.
Gas Networks Ireland launched the apprenticeship programme to ensure the company could attract and nurture top talent to continue to deliver on its operational and strategic objectives. The programme provides mentor-led apprenticeships in mechanical automation and maintenance fitting, electrical instrumentation and pipefitting.
After completing sixth year in Boherbue Comprehensive School in Mallow, Philip Cremin began exploring apprenticeship opportunities, and applied for the Gas Networks Ireland programme:
‘Although I am only a year into my apprenticeship, it’s amazing how much I have learnt from my mentors in my first year, as they teach us first-hand what is required to maintain Ireland’s gas network, as it heats homes and runs businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Travelling around to various Gas Networks Ireland sites with my mentor Kieran, I see the whole country and no two days are the same.’
‘I also began my career as an apprentice, and know just how important it is in providing a combination of practical learning and academic qualifications to the apprentices, as they gain skills, knowledge and relevant industry experience. Our apprentices are equally as important to the company as the programme is to them, and it has been really fulfilling to see all the progress Philip has made over the past year.’
Kieran Lynch, Philip's Mentor
‘The apprenticeship programme is extremely important for Gas Networks Ireland, because it allows us to pass on our knowledge and experience within the company, attracting and nurturing the brightest in-house talent. I would like to congratulate Philip on a fantastic first year of his apprenticeship programme.’
Brian Flynn, Gas Technical Competency Training Manager
The programme is facilitated in partnership with SOLAS. The apprentices receive on-site training with Gas Networks Ireland technical training coaches and will also attend formal classes in the Educational Training Boards, Metac facility and in appropriate Institutes of Technology. On completion of the Apprenticeship Programme, successful trainees will be awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft. This is recognised nationally and internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.
Aimee Beale 086 151 4024
Gas Networks Ireland
Mary O’ Mahony 086 834 2277
Notes to Editor:
About Gas Networks Ireland
Gas Networks Ireland is the business division of Ervia that owns, operates and develops the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network. Gas Networks Ireland operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world, consisting of 13,000km of pipeline around Ireland. We ensure that almost 674,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ervia is a commercial semi-state multi-utility company with responsibility for the delivery of gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland.
Issued by Murray on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland