Last week Cavan based employer CMAC Electrical Limited scooped a National Apprenticeship award winning the Apprenticeship Ireland SME Business of the Year at the inaugural Generation Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Awards.
Matthew Cahill, owner at CMAC Electrical, accepted the award at a ceremony last Thursday in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. The award marks a huge achievement for the local company as 54 companies throughout Ireland were shortlisted under themes of Innovation and Tradition in supporting the Apprenticeship route. The awards aim to recognise the contribution that employers make to the national apprenticeship system.
Matthew Cahill, Owner, C-Mac Electrical said: “We are honoured have been named the Apprenticeship Ireland SME Business of the Year. We see our apprentices as our future and with this award as validation, we hope to continue our dedication and commitment to the apprenticeship route.”
John Kearney, Chief Executive, Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board said: “On behalf of CMETB I would like to congratulate Matthew on receiving the Apprenticeship Ireland SME Business of the Year for the SME Sector. I also wish to acknowledge the 260 employers in the Cavan Monaghan region who support over 660 local apprentices. Our local employers are providing their apprentices with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and competence across a variety of professions. The value of that commitment cannot be overstated both in terms of providing the career and learning opportunities to our young people, but also in terms of developing the capability of Industry and supporting growth in the economy locally and nationally.”
C-Mac Electrical are based Bailieboro, Co Cavan and currently have 46 employees. Matthew completed his apprenticeship in 2002, set-up his own business in 2003 and took on his first apprentice in 2004. Matthew’s story is inspirational for young people and when you look down the line and see where the apprenticeship route has led him, in terms of apprentice recruitment and training, you get an indication of Matthew’s commitment to the trade and to providing opportunities for employment locally. Matthews success story really captures the imagination of people considering the apprenticeship route as its shows what can be achieved.
As part of his commitment to excellence and learning, Matthew himself is a registered apprentice on the Industrial Electrical Engineering programme and hopes to use that progression route as an opportunity to encourage his employees to upskill into the future. The development of this and other new apprenticeship programmes is a very positive aspect in education and training policy and is encouraging for anyone considering their career options to look at the many traditional and new opportunities available through the apprenticeship route.
Pictured: Matthew Cahill, C-Mac Electrical, SME business winner pictured with Pat O’Doherty, CEO ESB.