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Three year apprenticeship is first of its kind in Ireland

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A brand new apprenticeship - the first of its kind in Ireland - has been launched by Liebherr.

The new three year Industrial Coating Apprenticeship will have a mixture of practical and theoretical elements and give students an opportunity to earn an internationally recognised accreditation.

Intake for the apprenticeship begins in spring 2022 and training will be delivered in the workplace, as well as through classroom workshops and online learning modules.

The theoretical element is a mixture of on-site tuition from Liebherr experts along with modules from providers, ICATS and Train the Painter both of whom are the world’s leading, industry recognised and accredited Industrial Coatings Applicator Training Programmes.

“For us at Liebherr it is an honour to lead the way and be the first to introduce an Industrial Coating Apprenticeship to Ireland," Liebherr’s Managing Director Engineering, Charlie McCarthy, said.

"Industrial coating, is typically a multistage process involving shot blasting, priming and painting. We have made significant investments in both our shot blasting and painting facilities and now have the most advanced and sophisticated facilities in Ireland. Many of our container handling cranes are destined for port environments and are subject to harsh corrosive coastal conditions, with expectations that the coating protection will last the entire lifetime of the crane. With this in mind, we have recognised that the introduction of an accredited trade which can provide the necessary skills and knowledge is long overdue."

He added that this apprenticeship will be a great opportunity for someone to get trained on the latest techniques from experts in the field.

"Over three years, the apprentices will benefit from a mixture of theoretical and practical tuition. As part of the training the successful applicant will also have an opportunity to visit our sister companies in Austria and Germany where they will get to take part in our apprentice exchange programme in year three, an added bonus to add to an already valuable training experience.”

To apply, applicants should send an up to date CV and a cover letter specifying why they are interested in this apprenticeship to apprenticerecruit.lcc@liebherr.com.

Further documents such as academic results, training certificates, references, project details and awards etc. should also be included. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is March 25 next.

Applicants should ideally have Junior Certificate English and Maths or equivalent, and must be at least 16 years of age on January 1, 2022.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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