Local employer Combilift wins 2020 Generation Apprenticeship Employer Of The Year

December 23, 2020

Minister Simon Harris announced Combilift as winner of the large company category in the 2020 Generation Apprenticeship Employer of the Year on Thursday 10th December.

There were 28 award nominees for 2020 Generation Apprenticeship representing more than 24,000 employees across so many vibrant industry sectors. Combilift currently have Apprentices across a range of Apprenticeship programmes such as Electrical, Metal Fabrication and The Original Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship (OEM).

Minister Harris commented on the winners as “being outstanding leaders in their industry field” and their involvement in developing new apprenticeship opportunities.

Martin O’Brien, CEO of LMETB and member of the Apprenticeship Council presented the Generation Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award at Combilift on Tuesday 22nd  December 2020. Martin said he “was very impressed with Combilifts’ facility and the environment in which the Apprentices are developing. I am extremely impressed with the progress made on the OEM Apprenticeship. Congratulations to Combilift on their award and on being an exemplary leader in Industry for their commitment to the OEM Apprenticeship”.

The Consortium Steering Committee (CSG) in collaboration with the Cavan Monaghan  Education and Training Board (CMETB) , Limerick Clare Education and Training Board (LMETB) and national stakeholders are delighted Combilift were successful and referenced Martin Mc Vicar, Managing Director, as one of the leading employers that contributed to the development of the new OEM Apprenticeship Programme.

Sinead Mc Kenna, CMETB Training Services Manager acknowledged such difficult times for employers with the impact of Covid and outlined that “Combilift showed continuous commitment and leadership to the Apprenticeship Programme placing emphasis on such a valuable and skilled route of education for apprentices”

Combilift’s Martin McVicar said “We are delighted to be recognised by Generation Apprenticeship for the work the team at Combilift have put into this industry-led OEM Engineering Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship was developed in collaboration with Cavan/Monaghan ETB and the OEM Consortium group. To receive this recognition after four years of commitment to this Apprenticeship is a great accomplishment. I would especially like to thank the Combilift Apprentices, their Mentors, Tutors, CMETB, LCETB, SOLAS and other Engineering companies throughout the country for their support and participation.

I encourage other companies to consider new apprenticeships as a way of upskilling and    introducing new skills to the workplace.”

The OEM Apprenticeship is industry led from the initial concept and design stage, delivering modules such as Automation, Robotics, Mechatronics and Engineering Drawings that are crucial for the ever-changing demands in these high-tech Manufacturing, Installation and Service Sectors across Ireland.  It is critical for the growth of Engineering Companies, to increase the availability of skilled employees nationally and particularly in the rural communities.

The OEM apprenticeship is recruiting for 2021 cohort of apprentices delivered at Monaghan Institute.  For further details please contact Annamarie Woods , Manager OEM Apprenticeship annamariewoods@cmetb.ie



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