Graduates have great skills to set them up for life

Graduates of the Liebherr apprentice programme 2018 are pictured with their trainers and instructors, along with Charlie McCarthy, Managing Director, Engineering and Thomas Albrecht, Managing Director, Finance

NEWLY qualified fitters, electricians and metal fabricators can look forward to great career opportunities in 2019 after successfully completing the apprentice graduation programme at the Liebherr Container Cranes plant in Fossa.

The new year will see the scheme continue with newly enrolled recruits beginning their training to follow in the footsteps of over 1,000 apprentices that have passed through the building since 1959.

A total of 14 new apprentices are just starting their training and 13 graduates are celebrating with new qualifications having received their certificates at a special ceremony attended by senior management. They were the first group to complete the Higher Certificate in Engineering, equipping them with two qualifications at the end of the four-year Liebherr apprenticeship.

The newly qualified fitters, electricians and metal fabricators have received a Level 6 Craft Certificate in their trade and a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in their respective fields from IT Tralee.

Timothy Sugrue (right) receives his graduation certificate from Charlie McCarthy, Managing
Director, Technology at Liebherr Container Cranes

The graduating mechanical automation and maintenance fitters are Alan Daly, Eanna Reidy, Brian Kennedy, Timothy Sugrue, Donal O’Connor, James O’Sullivan, Patrick Doyle and Kieran O’Mahony.

The newly qualified electricians are David Breen, Conor Breen, Aaron Farrell and John Friel while Luke Doyle was the sole metal fabricator to graduate.

Apprenticeships have always been a vital component of Liebherr’s business strategy, in line with the company philosophy that practical and theoretical training must go hand in hand.

The apprentice training model combines a practical and theoretical education, delivered with the cooperation of SOLAS, the state body with responsibility for training and further education.

In recent years Liebherr has invested over €250,000 in the expansion and upgrading of its apprentice training facilities in Killarney. Five of the incoming apprentices are electrical apprentices, three are mechanical automation and maintenance fitters and six are metal fabrication apprentices.

Liebherr Ireland was founded in Killarney in 1958 and, since 1972, it has traded as Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd specialising in the production of container handling cranes. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ship-to-shore cranes, rail-mounted gantry cranes and rubber tyre gantry cranes.

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