Ardmac Graduate Programme Mentor Supported Graduate Development
3RD YEAR PLACEMENTS Practical Work Experience Placements
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3RD YEAR PLACEMENTS Our 3rd year placement programme will provide you with practical work experience and insight on what you can expect your role to involve before you have even left college. Our highly experienced teams will give support and mentoring to help students make decisions about their future careers. You will be appointed a mentor throughout the entire placement which will consist of an experienced construction professional who will share their expertise and industry knowledge along the way.
Data Centre Solutions Cleanrooms Fit-out &
Refurbishments Building Offsite
START YOUR CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION Ardmac are dedicated to finding, supporting and nurturing talent and construction careers from student to senior management. This placement programme offers a fantastic insight to our business and industry with the potential of working within one of 4 key business areas with the additional option of working in one of our overseas offices for the right candidate. With the support of a personal mentor and ‘buddy’ you can kick start your career in the construction industry. Check out our staff profiles overleaf to get an insight on life at Ardmac and a career in construction.
2 week secondary school transition year placements
TY Student Placements
Ardmac sponsored degree. Work 4 days on site with 1 day in college.
3rd year placements
5 to 6 month on site placements in 3rd year of college
Our vision is to be the contractor of choice for clients and the workplace of choice for great people. At Ardmac, our vision is to be the workplace of choice for great people. We encourage a collaborative work environment and open discussion between all staff members, from our newest recruits to top level managers, helping us to build long-term relationships with our employees. We also encourage employees to be forward-thinking, to embrace change, and to share new ideas and knowledge. This is turn allows us to drive our business forward in innovative ways and to maintain our position as industry leaders. Ardmac’s success is down to our people. We are dedicated to finding and nurturing talent and have put various programmes in place to achieve this. Our goal is to foster an environment that promotes the personal and professional growth of all staff. Our training and development programmes ensure our teams are not only skilled in their own roles but also supported in their ongoing development throughout their career with Ardmac and within our industry. A career with Ardmac is an opportunity to be a part of a community, a space where you can learn from leaders within the industry and have the chance to expand your skills in a variety of sectors. Get in touch and start your career with Ardmac today!
On completion of relevant degree – opportunity to work with Ardmac
Senior Quantity Surveyor Catherine Greene
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED WITH ARDMAC? I have worked in Ardmac since October 2017. HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? Throughout school I was always interested in the STEM subjects, I knew I wanted to work with numbers but just wasn’t sure in what career path. After discussing it with my Dad who works in construction he told me about Quantity Surveying and from there I read up about the course in Ulster University, enrolled and haven’t looked back since. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ARDMAC? Ardmac work in many different areas of the construction industry, from Fit-Out to Design and Build, Pharmaceutical to Cleanrooms not just in Ireland but throughout the UK and Europe too. There are always opportunities to work in the different units of Ardmac which has always been really attractive to me as it is a way of continuing to develop and learn. The vast opportunities that Ardmac can provide were definitely one of the main reasons why I chose Ardmac.
Quantity construction economists, sometimes known as construction cost consultants, work for either the client or contractor and can be based in an office or on site. surveyors and Their role is to manage all costs relating to construction projects from initial design calculations to the final account, seeking to minimise costs and enhance value for money, while achieving the required standards and quality.
WHAT IS THE CULTURE AT ARDMAC LIKE? Ardmac has a very motivating culture, they have great Graduate programmes designed to advance young people working in the different aspects of the Construction Industry which is essential to grow and progress outside of the classroom. Outside of the Graduate programmes Ardmac also offer great training programmes open to all, and are very supportive when looking at ways to develop your career and yourself as a Construction Professional offering seasoned mentors and strong teamwork to help you through. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I enjoy working on different Projects and the challenges that come with them, no two projects are the same. I also like working with different teams and clients on Projects, there is nothing better than a happy client on completion of a Project and being involved in the process from the beginning to completion. ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT AS A QUANTITY SURVEYOR? Coming out of College I think your first job is really important as the first few years are all about learning from people you are working with and the opportunities that each project gives, therefore my advice would be not to settle for a job or a company that you know is not right for you and your development. There is only so much you can learn in a classroom- your experience is key!
“...I also like working with different teams and clients on Projects, there is nothing better than a happy client on completion of a Project and being involved in the process from the beginning to completion.”
construction manager David buckley
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED WITH ARDMAC? I’ve been working with Ardmac since 2017. HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? I attended Sligo IT for 4 years finishing off with an honours degree in project management. Following on from this an opportunity within Ardmac as a construction graduate presented itself and the rest is history as they say! The past 4 years in Ardmac have been by no means a walk in the park, this industry requires a lot of determination, resilience and competency to progress along with trust in the team you have. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ARDMAC? The graduate programme offered a different approach to the construction industry giving opportunity’s to newly graduated college students in a number of sectors within the 2 year programme allowing you to decide and understand better which aspects of the Ardmac team you would prefer to be a part of, where your strengths lay and what areas you needed to improve on if you were to pursue a more senior role in years to come.
Construction managers supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site. They make sure that projects are constructed within time, quality and cost limits. They need to keep track of all sub contractors on site and make sure that all workers have relevant paperwork. Because they work on- site, construction managers are sometimes known as construction site managers or site managers.
WHAT IS THE CULTURE AT ARDMAC LIKE? Ardmac is definitely a fast paced collaborative and passionate team to be a part of, always striving for excellence and leading the way in all aspects of construction whether its leading technologies, innovative lean construction methods, Ardmac are always at the forefront as a modern company. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? The Construction Industry is a fast paced, challenging and difficult job. Everyday varies, there are always new obstacles to overcome however that is what makes it enjoyable. The challenge and satisfaction of hitting your major milestones and delivering a project as part of a team safely and successfully. It’s the small wins on a weekly basis that keep the motivation going, refusing to be ousted by any challenge. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS YOUR GREATEST WORK ACHIEVEMENT Being given the opportunity to manage and deliver my very first project as the construction manager, I was given this opportunity just 18months (supported by the project manager and wider team) into my 2 year grad programme which showed the trust Ardmac had in me. ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT AS A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER? Ensure that you fully understand the commitment required, the challenges and determination required to succeed within the construction industry. This industry is extremely demanding and you must have a strong passion for construction as a whole.
“...given the opportunity to
manage and deliver my very first project as the construction manager, I was given this opportunity just 18 months into my 2 year grad programme which showed the trust Ardmac had in me.”
Data Centre site Manager Tadhg Curran
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED WITH ARDMAC? I joined Ardmac in September 2018 following completion of my BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. I spent the summer prior to joining in Boston and when I arrived home I applied to join Ardmac’s graduate programme. My first project appointment with Ardmac was on a pharmaceutical site in Cork where I covered my commercial and site management phase of the programme. HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? My progression in Ardmac could be credited to hard work and dedication to the project, but equally as important are the teams I have been lucky to work with. The guidance I have received from my peers and managers and overall the friendship and comradery I found with Ardmac, that creates a comfortable work environment making it much easier to ask questions and seek advice whenever it was required. Since joining I have always had team members and senior managers who are available at any hour of the day to take a call for advice or simply just to run over the works of the day. I’ve never been afraid to try something new with Ardmac as even if I got it wrong there has been someone there to help steer me in the right direction. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ARDMAC? The industries in which Ardmac work are some of the most progressive and interesting out there. The company itself is constantly looking
Day to day, construction site managers would take on a wide range of responsibilities. Their core tasks include solving problems that occur on site.
for ways to move forward with construction management software, lean construction and off-site construction among other things. The graduate programme on offer also gave me flexibility in being able to explore different departments within the company. This included commercial, quality & safety, planning and site management. This was attractive as coming straight from college I wanted to get a flavour of each before deciding on exactly what path I wanted to proceed with. WHAT IS THE CULTURE AT ARDMAC LIKE? I have always found the culture at Ardmac to be great. You can reach out to anyone in the company no matter what part of the world they are in and it is as if you have been working with them every day for the last ten years. Each team I have been part of works hard to do things the “Ardmac way”, whether that is with our approach to safety first, our quality standards or how we communicate and operate as a team. There is always a sense of we are in this together, there are no lone soldiers. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Every day is a brand new day. New challenges come by the hour on a live project and working as part of a strong team to deal with the challenges to deliver a high quality product for our clients definitely keeps the brain very active. Having the opportunity to be part of delivering critical projects for some of the world’s largest clients is a great sense of achievement. Getting recognised for the hard work and seeing progression within the company is also very rewarding when you have committed to a project for so long. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME? If you are looking to join a company which offers progression, flexibility and experience which is second to none then Ardmac is a great place for you. At Ardmac you will be exposed to some of the industry’s top technological advancements in BIM and lean initiatives while working for some of the words largest and respected clients in a variety of locations ranging from Ireland, United Kingdom and many other countries across Europe.
“The industries in which Ardmac work are some of the most progressive and interesting out there. The company itself is constantly looking for ways to move forward with construction management software, lean construction and off-site construction among other things.”
Senior Architectural Technologist Lisa Donnegan
Architectural technologists and technicians can be involved in the whole construction process from the drawing of plans to the examination of completed building work. They also work on site surveys, administrative procedures to do with building regulations, fire safety certificates, planning applications, the building contract, etc. Some technologists develop specialisations in particular areas, such as specification writing, technology, materials, regulations, or CAD management, for example.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED WITH ARDMAC? I’ve been working with Ardmac since 2016. HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? Hard work – I qualified towards the end of the recession so it wasn’t very promising on the job front – I got an internship in Carlow IT in the facilities dept when I graduated. I realised it was going to be a while before I found a job as a Technologist. So I decided I would start contacting Architect’s firms and offer my services for free in order to have some experience for when jobs became available. So for 6 months I worked in an architectural practise during the week and continued my part time job I had in college at weekends. I then moved to an Architectural & Planning company where I was for two years before starting in Ardmac. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ARDMAC? I’d out grown planning and housing and wanted a change. WHAT IS THE CULTURE AT ARDMAC LIKE? Stressful, empowering and challenging all at the same time. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? The people, I work with a great team & seeing projects you worked on being constructed. ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT AS AN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST? Always be willing to learn and if you make a mistake the earlier you admit it the smaller a mistake it is. It’s far easier to correct when it’s still on paper.
“My favorite thing about my job is the people I work with. I also really enjoy seeing the projects I worked on being constructed”
THE PROGRAMME Our 3rd year placement programme is a Senior Management priority and assists in preparing students to gain the necessary skills and understanding of what is involved in working within a fast-paced Construction project. During your placement year you will have the opportunity to be at the heart of one of our business units. With access to all of Ardmac’s resources, working with us will provide a unique opportunity for you to grow, providing an opportunity to put the theory into practice. We typically work in small, agile teams that collaborate on challenges to gain successful outcomes. As a result, exposure to working in one or more of these sectors will provide you with a diverse day and accelerated career growth. You will be working under the supervision of a Senior Manager within the business who will be your mentor throughout the work placement. Taking into consideration your key objectives for the work placement, Ardmac will structure the work placement in such a way that it gives you the opportunity to get as much experience as possible whilst meeting these key objectives. HOW TO APPLY All CV’s should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Following receipt of all applications, the Business Unit Lead along with HR will make an initial selection of candidates. The selected candidates will be invited for interview in our Head Office located in Swords, Co. Dublin.
Dublin +353 (0) 1 894 8800 Manchester +44 (0) 161 866 8086 Craigavon +44 (0) 283 834 7093 Brussels +32 (0) 10 229 705
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