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.
Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter
By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]
By Sean Moriarty
Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.
The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.
Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.
This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.
‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.
His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”
Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.
Sinead is queen of the court
By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]
By Con Dennehy
With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.
Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.
One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.
“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.
In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.
“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”
In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.
In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.
Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.
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