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Major welcomes four new apprentices for 2018 program

Major Equipment proudly welcomes four new apprentices for the 2018 program. Since beginning the first phase of the Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting Stream in October, each apprentice has quickly immersed themselves into their jobs and integrated into the company. As they start the second rotation in the Ballyhaunis-based factory, let’s hear some of their thoughts on the program, the work and the people.

 

“I heard Major were looking for apprentices so I sent my CV in and got contacted straight away,” started Dylan Raleigh (18 years) of Ballinlough, Co Roscommon. “I got onto the floor and started learning from my first day – some places make you wait awhile. Everyone here is very helpful and you learn things quite quickly.” Dylan joined the team assembling 2000-gallon tankers destined for the UK. “There’s a lot more to these tankers than you think,” Dylan commented. “There’s a good variety of things to do and you get a good taste of everything. College isn’t for everybody; I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

 

Brian Lawlor (21 years) came onboard with previous job and school experience. The Killala-native joined Major to gain qualifications and practical work to increase his career prospects. “My family are dairy farmers and I’m always fixing machinery at home,” Brian explained. “Major tankers are very popular with contractors in our area and so when I saw the company looking for apprentices on Facebook, I went for it.” Brian started in the metal fabrication team. “It’s been great so far – it’s always busy here and you get great help from others. Time goes fast when you’re busy.”

 

Keith Forde (20 years) of Tulrahan, Co Mayo and Shane McGrath (17 years) of Frenchpark, Co Roscommon both appreciate having the opportunity to learn a trade without leaving Ireland. “Major is a well-known brand with a strong reputation here and abroad,” says Keith. “It’s a nice place to work and it’s close to home.”

 

Ronan Denning, production manager at Major Equipment, is excited about the new apprentices. “It’s great to see young blood in the company – they bring new ideas, new experience and new energy to the table,” enthused Ronan. “Long term, we’d really like them to stay on at Major as well. We have staff here that are well into their 50s and it’s great to see the apprentices pick up a trade as well as leadership skills from their more experienced colleagues on the floor.”

 

Currently in its third year, 11 apprentices are undergoing various phases of training at Major Equipment and classroom learning with SOLAS and ETBI.