#NIAW2020 Pictured at the launch of the NI Apprenticeship Week in Belfast are Heather Cousins from the Department for the Economy and the Chairs and representatives from the Departmental Working Groups set up to oversee the NI Apprenticeship Week 2020 and plan key events and regional activity across Northern Ireland: (l-r) Chris Corken, Belfast Met; William Greer, South Eastern Regional College (SERC); Heather Cousins, DfE; Barry Neilson, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB); and Rhonda Lynn (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council).

A fter almost two years of intensive medical treatment, Sean Cox has finally returned to his family home in Dunboyne, County Meath. The former Sales Director at Precision Cables suffered serious brain injuries in an unprovoked attack by Roma hooligans prior to Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final in April 2018. Sean will continue to require round-the-clock care and an extensive programme of rehabilitation, but this remains a landmark moment for a family that continues to handle this most challenging situation with fortitude and dignity. Sean returns home

F ebruary 3-7 marked some Ireland – the first ever Apprentice Week. The week saw educational events take place across the province, with many companies showing their support on social media, encouraging prospective apprentices to take the leap and celebrating those that already had. Many colleges and schools took very important days for the electrical industry in Northern part as well, offering information to employers and the future generation of the industry. During the week,

PAC Group Apprentice, Ben Brown participated in the Inter-Campus Skill Build competition. Ben is a first year Electrical Installation Apprentice at Northern Regional College, Newtownabbey. The judge couldn’t believe that Ben is a first year when he commented on his standard of work, which just shows how quickly and effectively young people can learn on the job. The first Northern Ireland Apprenticeship week proved to be a massive success and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2021!

Commenting on his return, Sean’s wife Martina said: “This is a day we as a family have been looking forward to for a long time. While Sean still has a long road to travel, having him

“This is a day we as a family have been looking forward to for a long time.”

ABBadds CylonControls to its Smart Buildings portfolio

ABB has recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Cylon Controls Ltd. (Cylon). The acquisition enhances ABB Electrification’s business position in the commercial buildings segment. Dublin-headquartered Cylon, which has approximately 100 employees, provides building automation and HVAC control solutions, delivering operational efficiency, energy and comfort solutions for commercial and retail buildings, schools and healthcare facilities. Speaking about the portfolio additions to the smart building business, Oliver

Iltisberger, ABB’s Head of Smart Buildings, said: “The acquisition will further enhance our portfolio of solutions for the commercial buildings segment, with a particular focus on delivering new innovations in energy- optimization and comfort.” Sean Giblin, Chief Executive Officer of Cylon, said: “We are very excited to become part of ABB, a company that shares our commitment and passion for increasing comfort, energy and operational efficiency within buildings.” www.new.abb.com/ie

home with us is an incredibly important step as we come together as a family unit again. I can’t thank enough those who have helped Sean along the way over the past two years. Without a doubt this support has made today possible.” You can find more information on how to donate to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust by visiting www.supportsean.com

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