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CIF Tackling skills shortages

Speaking at the official introduction of the programme recently Liz Carroll, Network Manager, CPSkillnet said: “The current skills shortage is a major challenge for the sector and the objective with CPSkillnet over the next 12 monthsis to develop a cohesive programme that addresses the problem.

“Our intention is to deliver much- needed training via tailored – and subsidised – courses that, in addition to upskilling across all aspects of a business, also provide networking and business development opportunities.”

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF said: “Construction companies are now operating in a high-pressure environment with contradictory forces. On one hand we are in a cyclical industry that is currently under huge pressure to deliver up to 45,000 houses per year, 115 billion in infrastructure projects, and to retrofit 500,000 homes. “On the other hand we are under pressure to be more productive and deliver all of this activity more efficiently. It’s essential, therefore, that our companies invest in upskilling and training their employees and management so we can deliver on these incredible societal challenges.”

Dave Flynn, Executive Director at Skillnet Ireland, said: ”We are delighted to partner with the CIF to support professionals in the construction sector through our new Construction Professionals Skillnet. There are over 45,000 SMEs and micro-enterprise operating in the construction industry and uptake by even a fraction of those will result in an uplift in productivity and competitiveness. This will have a huge impact on housing, retrofit and infrastructure delivery, and provide multiple benefits for individuals, communities and the Irish economy overall.”

To learn more about CPSkillnet – or to suggest courses or topics to be included in the programme – contact Liz Carroll, Network Manager, Construction Professionals Skillnet. Tel: 087 – 932 3749; email: cpskillnet@cif.ie 

SEAI’s Energy Show 2015 grows 20% on last year

Stephen Grant, Grant Engineering with Jim Gannon, CHairman, Panel of Assessors, ENergy Show Product of the Show Awards 2015

Stephen Grant, Grant Engineering with Jim Gannon, Chairman, Panel of Assessors, Energy Show 2015 Product of the Show Awards.

Grant Engineering was presented with the Overall Product of the Show award for its condensing wood pellet boiler which also secured Best Renewable Product. Over the years the Energy Show Product Awards have championed innovative product developments, especially those incorporating smart energy solutions.

Considerable investment in R&D, coupled with rapidly-changing technology, has seen a wave of pioneering products and systems featured at the show, and it is now regarded as the preferred platform for most manufacturers and suppliers to introduce their latest innovations.

Apart from the prestige of winning one of the Awards, there are also very tangible commercial benefits. In addition to PR opportunities, shortlisted finalists are profiled at the Energy Show in their own dedicated exhibition area. Entries are divided into five categories. Four of these are adjudicated on solely by the panel of judges with the fifth, the Best Innovation, being reduced to a shortlist which was then open to a public vote on SEAI’s website. Full list of winners is as follows.

Overall Product of the Show Winner  — Grant Engineering Ltd for its Vecta Condensing Wood Pellet Boiler.

Best Energy Efficient Product — Winner: Belimo Automation UK Ltd for its Belimo Energy Valve;                                                                                                                                     Highly Commended: Dimplex for its Dimplex A-Class Heat Pump.

Best Services Provider — Winner: Ecological Building Systems for its Better Building: Putting the Fabric First Training Course;                                                                                                                                           Highly Commended: Irish Bioenergy Association for its Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme.

Best Innovation  — Winner: IES Ltd for its  Ci2 (correct, investigate, compare and invest);                         Highly-Commended: Edina Ltd for its Containerised CHP with CO2 Harvesting;                         Commended: Reg Farrell Engineering Ltd for its PK-160 Android Tablet Thermal Camera.

Best Renewable Product — Winner: Grant Engineering for its Vecta Condensing Wood Pellet Boiler;   Highly-Commended: Construction PV for its Trina Honey in Black Solar Panel.

* No Product of the Future award was made.

Opening the show Alex White, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: “The sustainable energy sector is a significant contributor to our economic recovery and it is already supporting 15,000 jobs, a figure that is set to increase in the coming years. As we develop as a green energy location, Ireland will add sustainable energy expertise and access to secure, clean energy to the list of factors that are successfully attracting foreign companies to Ireland”.

Brian Motherway, SEAI CEO said: “Around €1.5 billion is being invested in sustainable energy technologies and services in Ireland annually. The Energy Show was a great opportunity for businesses to see and hear about the latest innovations in the smart energy technology and services sector. This year there was particularly strong international interest with 30 overseas companies and 13 embassies represented. Ireland is well positioned to capitalise on this global market given our expertise in this area, as evidenced by the vibrant and successful businesses at the Energy Show 2015.”

Highlights from the Energy Show 2015 can be seen on www.seai.ie/energyshow