Ireland's Electrical Magazine 94 Dec-Jan


IPAF ePAL surpasses quarter of a million downloads

The ePAL mobile app for operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and mast-climbing work platforms (MCWPs) from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has now surpassed a quarter of a million first-time downloads. IPAF’s ePAL app was launched in June 2021, with the global roll-out completed earlier this year. The app allows digital certification of training, including IPAF’s Powered Access Licence (PAL) Card. It is free to use, is available in seven languages and to date has active users in more than 160 countries worldwide. “It’s fantastic that we’ve surpassed 250,000 first-time downloads,” celebrated Peter Douglas, IPAF’s CEO and Managing Director. “This allows IPAF to engage directly with a growing global network of operators and managers. It’s also a significant milestone in our drive towards ensuring that most of all valid PAL Cards and training certification are digital”. Download the ePAL app at epal-app

L-R: Rosa Condori, Zofia Suchan, Alison Cahill and Ella Peare.

Kirby Group promotes engineering diversity with new bursaries

Dublin, and Ella Peare, a third- year at South East Technological University. The students will benefit from a full scholarship for the 2022/23 academic year and paid professional placements and mentoring on some of Kirby’s engineering projects. “Companies like ours have an important role to play in driving change in engineering and construction,” commented Kirby Group MD Mark Flanagan. “We need the best of talent for Irish companies and this programme is designed to ensure women feel they have a place in our industry”.

Kirby Group Engineering has awarded bursaries to four female students at third-level institutions across Ireland. The scheme is part of its ongoing effort to promote gender diversity in engineering and construction. The scheme opened for applications from women studying Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services Engineering in August this year. The chosen recipients are Rosa Condori, a second-year student at Limerick Institute of Technology, Zofia Suchan, who is in her third year also at LIT, Alison Cahill, a third-year student at Technological University

AJ Hurst, an Alliance partner with Schneider Electric, have embarked upon a joint effort with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) in Bangor to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in all aspects of engineering in the UK and Ireland. The Belfast-based industrial automation, power, control and lighting company is working with both students and lecturers to give them an understanding of how Industry 4.0 is changing the way the world works, focusing on how the digitization and digitalisation of products and processes lead to a more sustainable business model for companies. MLA Stephen Dunne and Ken Webb, CEO at SERC, also joined AJ Hurst in their visit to SERC. Chris Bryans, Automation Engineer at AJ Hurst, commented, “We are helping these students learn important and desirable skills that employers require to meet demands, with the hope that current and future students can accelerate the growth and digital journeys of their future employers.” AJ Hurst visits South Eastern Regional College

L-R Ken Webb, Chief Executive at SERC, Stephen Dunne, MLA for North Down, Philip Mahaffy, Schneider Electric, Chris Bryans, Automation Engineer at AJ Hurst, Darren Anderson, lecturer at SERC, and Mark Goldsbrough, Sales Director at AJ Hurst.



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