A STATE-OF-THE-ART apprentice training facility has opened at Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney. As part of a continued investment in people and technology, Liebherr has invested over €250,000 in the expansion and upgrading of its apprentice training facilities. The investment will facilitate the introduction of a new programme in metal fabrication and welding which Liebherr launched this year, under the guidance of apprentice instructor Seán Dorris.
Liebherr Container Cranes has been manufacturing cranes in its Killarney plant since it was established in 1958 with the first group of apprentices starting their apprenticeship in 1959.
In a ceremony on July 10 at Liebherr Container Cranes, the apprentices, management and directors of Liebherr officially opened an expanded apprentice training facility. The ceremony was attended by stakeholders from industry partners - IT Tralee, Kerry Cork and Limerick ETB Training Centres and Solas.
Apprenticeships are a vital component of Liebherr’s business strategy and this is reflected with this significant investment. The new facility hosts 10 welding cubicles with 20 welding machines along with state-of-the-art production equipment such as a 90 tonne press brake, a 30 kilowatt guillotine, a multi-function 60 tonne iron worker, a semi-automatic bandsaw, a section rolls, a section profiler, pillar drill and tube notcher.
Liebherr are currently educating 77 apprentices in three different disciplines: Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter (MAMF), Electricians and the newly introduced programme in Metal Fabrication and Welding. Liebherr’s traditional apprenticeship scheme has been reformed significantly in recent years to cater for the increasing technical complexities of its products which demands the highest level of skills in all areas. The new programme includes a partnership with IT Tralee allowing young ambitious trainees to attain 3rd level qualifications in engineering up to and including an honours degree. The prized qualifications allowing an “Earn and learn” approach are highly sought after and attract hundreds of applicants each year.
The new facility is the latest investment in apprentice training and the investment almost doubles in size the existing apprentice training school in Liebherr Container Cranes. The tradition of both a practical and theoretical education is synonymous with Liebherr. Many of the senior positions currently in the company are held by personnel who started their careers as apprentices including the Technical Director Charlie McCarthy. It is the belief in Liebherr that the value of a practical background cannot be underestimated and is key to understanding the theory of engineering. This new programme and continued investment in education by Liebherr will ultimately lead to highly competent individuals who have mastered the practical skills as well as having an in-depth understanding of the theory behind them.
Since the first apprentices passed through the Liebherr gate in 1959, over 1000 apprentices have been trained and qualified in Killarney.
Above: Liebherr apprentices and their instructors.
Relief as indoor dining finally resumes
By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]
By Michelle Crean
After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.
Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.
According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.
A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.
The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.
Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.
“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”
At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.
“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”
Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.
“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”
At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.
“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.
“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.
Killarney hospitality avoids worst of water shortage crisis
By Sean Moriarty. The Killarney hospitality sector avoided the worst of the water shortages that affected 55,000 across the county following a major water break from the Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant to Sheheree Reservoir on the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday night. As the Killarney Advertiser closed for press yesterday evening (Thursday), the water supply was […]
By Sean Moriarty.
The Killarney hospitality sector avoided the worst of the water shortages that affected 55,000 across the county following a major water break from the Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant to Sheheree Reservoir on the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday night.
As the Killarney Advertiser closed for press yesterday evening (Thursday), the water supply was slowly coming back to normal in the areas most-affected by the burst.
Kerry County Council placed mobile water tankers in several of these areas including the Rock Road Car Park, Fossa School, Firies Church Yard and Farranfore GAA grounds and Barraduff Community Centre.
These will remain in place until supply has been fully restored to all areas.
Irish Water are slowly refilling the Sheheree Reservoir and releasing water back into the network in a controlled manner to avoid further rupturing pipes due a sudden increase in pressure.
According to Irish Water, “an estimated 55,000 could have been impacted by the burst main in recent days” with the biggest impact felt in Tralee.
Killarney Hotels and bars escaped the worst of the crisis.
Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation said that Killarney Hotels were not affected by the breakage.
The majority of Muckross Road hotels, including Ms Randles’ Dromhall Hotel are on the same pipeline.
Her brother Thomas runs the Randles Court Hotel next door but is on a different water line and he did not suffer a break in his water supply either.
“I woke up on Wednesday morning in fright,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “Water is your worst nightmare, so much depends on it from guests’ showers to cooling equipment in the bars, cooking and washing. Several hotels in Killarney have their own wells. We weren’t affected and that means The Brehon, Castle Ross, and Gleneagle and more were not affected. Thomas next door was not affected and he is on a different line to us.”
Special arrangements were made to ensure hospitals and nursing homes were not left without water during the repair work.
Killarney’s Vaccination Centre also remained operational throughout.
Fianna Fáil’s Councillor Michael Cahill who has been highlighting the issue of interrupted water supply throughout Mid and South Kerry for years, has warned that the continuous water mains issue in the county could result in negative publicity for the tourism industry.
“How can we expect visitors to return or recommend our county as a destination if their basic human needs are not met? Planning Permissions for locals are affected by lack of sewerage capacity in a given area. Both these issues must be dealt with immediately,” he said.
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