Ireland's Electrical Magazine 91 June-July


Designer Group Training Director, Brendan Kearns, along with two Designer Group apprentices, were delighted to attend the National launch of the Access to Apprenticeship programme on Thursday, 5 May at TU Dublin. Supporting this important initiative is fundamental to Designer Group’s company values and enables young people from diverse backgrounds to gain an insight into apprenticeship opportunities, meet potential employers and learn more about their career prospects. The apprentices met with Minister Simon Harris on the day to discuss their experience with the Access to Apprenticeship programme and their journey with Designer Group. Designer Group has been working with TU Dublin supporting the Access to Apprenticeship programme since its inception in 2017 and are proud to have employed many apprentices from the programme. It’s dedicated Training Academy hosts workshops from each Access to Apprenticeship group as part of Designer Group’s commitment to the programme, where attendees meet some of its own apprentices and take part in practical workshops to get a flavour of a ‘day in the life’ of an apprentice. Designer Group attend National Launch of Access to Apprenticeship Programme

Braham Electricals first female Contracts Manager pictured with Director, Thomas Braham.

Girl Power at Braham Electrical

Braham Electrical has appointed dedicated employee, Aisling Doyle as its new Junior Street Lighting Contracts Manager. Aisling is the first female in the company’s history to be appointed as a Contracts Manager. The Warrenpoint-based company are keen to encourage women into the industry and strongly believe that there are many roles for women to enter and develop to establish a gender- neutral culture. Aisling began her career with Braham Electrical in an administrative role in 2013 but showed a flare for contracts management in the street lighting section. She has been shadowing Street Lighting Director, Thomas Braham on many contracts and has been working closely with the contracting team to develop her competences in this area. Aisling has developed a depth of business knowledge in the organisation over the years and has a strong working

relationship with direct employees, customers, clients, and consultants alike. Aisling’s strongest attribute is her attention to detail, which allows her to complete her works with thoroughness, accuracy, and consistency. She is a great asset to the team who shows a true passion and interest in her new role. Aisling added: “Braham Electrical have always shown support towards my progression in my personal career, it is a great place to work and develop your skills with many available opportunities both on site and managerial positions. Offering more opportunities for women to enter the world of construction is something Braham Electrical are actively working on across the board and I feel delighted to be part of this.” Braham Electrical recognise the diverse perspectives and skills that women bring to the workforce, and hope Aisling inspires more women to bring their talent into our industry.

Stalwart of electrical industry passes away

John Fitzsimons, the founder of National Emergency Lighting (NEL), passed away in April. John was a stalwart of the electrical industry being thoroughly respected and fondly remembered by all who knew him. President of the EIFI and EMDA, John was instrumental in the development of the Irish National Standard for Emergency Lighting (I.S 3217) through his association and membership of technical committees of the IIRS initially and subsequently the NSAI. John served his time as an electrician and in his early career worked in the Electrical

Contracting Industry. He subsequently specialised in the Fire Alarm Industry joining AFA Minerva and then Champion Fire Defence with the view of developing the company’s early entry into the Emergency Lighting Industry. John’s legacy to the electrical industry is enormous. He educated, trained, mentored and supported a very large cadre of staff whilst he was at the helm of NEL. His past staff now permeate all areas of the electrical industry with many being company founders and operators in their own right. FOLLOW US ON:


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