Mark Flanagan, Managing Director, Kirby Group Engineering
Kirby Group Engineering has taken in 80 apprentices for its 4-year programme in 2020, despite the challenges for the economy posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Kirby Apprenticeship Programme provides recruits with structured technical training, graduated practical work challenges, coaching and mentoring, and structured personal development and support. Many Kirby apprentices have competed successfully at international level.
Applications are now open for the 2021 Kirby Apprentice Programme, and demand is being monitored by the company, with a view to possibly expanding intake once again. The company is looking for bright, action-oriented, analytical candidates who are interested in how and why things work and who are practically-minded.
Gay Byrne, EIFI President and Chairman, Fantasy Lights Group
Gay Byrne, Chairman of Fantasy Lights Group, has been appointed President of the Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland (EIFI). Gay is a long-standing member of Ireland’s electrical community with a service history stretching back to the 1970s.
Apart from spearheading the growth and success of his own company, he has always supported, and played a very active role in, the various professional and trade bodies within the industry. These include the Federation itself and the Electrical Manufacturers Distributors Association. In addition, he was a founder member and first Chairman of Lighting Association Ireland (LAI) and still serves on the LAI Executive as ex-officio.
Gay is also a keen supporter of the Electrical Industries Golfing Society, the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association, and various other social and charitable electrical industry initiatives.
In accepting the EIFI chain of office recently following the virtual AGM, Gay vowed to build on the tremendous work of his predecessor Mark Keogh, while harnessing the collective strengths of the member associations to help meet the challenge of these extraordinary times.