Last week Jamie Matthews, 2nd Year Apprentice Joiner, competed at the SkillBuild UK Final - Joinery category held in Milton Keynes and finished fourth.,Jamie is studying NVQ Level 2 at the Northern Regional College (NRC) and recently qualified from the dedicated Mivan Apprentice Workshop to the factory floor. This move has helped Jamie develop more skills, observe more experienced joiners and work on live project work – the first time in his young career. However, Jamie was still given time to practice for the final to ensure he was prepared as possible.,SkillBuild is delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and showcases some of the brightest talent in construction. The prestigious competition brings together highly skilled learners and apprentices to battle it out to be crowned winner of their chosen trade. As each level of competition progresses, competitors are tested on their technical abilities, time management, character, and commitment. Helping to develop confidence, self-esteem, and life skills.,For the second year running, Mivan had a competitor in the Joinery Final, a great testament to the hard work and dedication of the Apprentice Programme.,Jamie did not know what he had to create until the competition began and pleasingly finished the door and frame pictured. Always critical of himself Jamie said, “I was pleased I finished as Conor, who competed last year, told me it was tight on time. However, looking back, I can see some improvements I would make – the counting clock and environment all add pressure, but I hope to get to achieve a place in the final again next year. I wanted to win obviously but was really pleased when the Head Judge told me I had finished fourth.”,John Cunningham, CEO of Mivan, added, “Jamie has a great attitude and brilliant talent for joinery. His enthusiasm is infectious, and I know the more experienced joiners set a high standard for him to reach. Each year I am very impressed by the level of skill on display at the SkillBuild Finals, this programme is critical to the future of the construction industry, and I am confident Mivan will have a competitor again next year. Well done, Jamie.”,Mivan has over 45 years’ experience creating luxury interior experiences for our clients. Working collaboratively with architects, designers, contractors, and suppliers to deliver excellence in everything that we do. The company successfully operates in a broad range of sectors including luxury hotels, prime residential, museums, stadiums, arenas, commercial offices, modular solutions and marine.
Mivan is delighted to announce that we have been awarded Gold accredited membership via The 5% Club’s 2023-24 Employer Audit Scheme. This award recognises our significant contribution to the continued development of all our Employees through “earn & learn” schemes such as Apprenticeships, Graduate Schemes and Sponsored Students Course Placements.,We are proud of our investment in our staff members, which is why we joined The 5% Club. The 5% Club is a dynamic movement of Employers all of whom are inspired to take positive action for increased, inclusive, and accessible workplace training for all. With a membership which now exceeds 900 companies, The 5% Club represents over 1.6 Million Employees, 101,000 of whom are in “earn and learn” schemes. The Employer Audit is a unique scheme which validates the employers’ activities, explores their future plans and commitments, as well as examining their approaches to quality, social mobility, diversity and inclusion.,From an impressive list of 180 members, Mivan was one of the 120 Employers who met the Gold Standard.,Karen Anderson, HR Manager said, “We understand that supporting early careers is vital to the continuing expansion of our business and the construction industry. We offer a structured early careers programme through The Navigate Programme which provides career pathways for apprentices, students, and graduates. We are delighted to achieve Gold Membership with the 5% Club and proud that over 20% of our workforce is in an Apprenticeship, Graduate Scheme, Student Placement or Higher Level Education.” ,Mark Cameron OBE, Chief Executive at The 5% Club said, “Our Employer Audit scheme recognises the efforts of all those Employers who invest in their workforce through a broad range of workplace learning schemes. It is fantastic that in these challenging times so many are able to commit to the Employer Audit and to gain the credit for their efforts, and that the majority are striving to expand their schemes over the coming years. Their efforts and achievements are to be applauded.”,Gill Cronin, Director of Operations at The 5% Club added: “Having seen The Club grow to more than 900 members, I am always impressed at the commitment, drive and energy our members channel into offering “earn and learn” skills opportunities. To now see 20 percent of these members gain Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum accredited membership of The Club is inspiring and demonstrates how these companies are all contributing to the future of skills in our economy.”,Mivan currently seeks applications for The Navigate Programme, deadline to receive completed applications - 30th November 2023. ,So, if you want to join a Gold accredited 5% Club member then apply today - https://www.mivan.com/careers/current-vacancies
Mivan, the luxury fit out and bespoke joinery specialists, have won the Construction Specialist Contractor Award at the 32nd Annual All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards, which took place in Killarney on 13th October 2023. ,Mivan picked up the prize at the Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG) Gala Dinner on 9th November 2023 celebrating the 70th birthday of the NISG – a remarkable achievement. The All-Ireland Occupational Safety Awards was established in 1992 and have grown to become the premier safety awards on the island. The awards truly became an All-Ireland affair when NISG joined forces with the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) in 1995.,Winning a NISO / NISG Award demonstrates the positive and proactive culture of safety management that exists in Mivan. This recognition follows last year’s Northern Ireland Award and the previous year’s Best New Entry Large Size Organisation Award. Consistent high achievement clearly demonstrated in health and safety.,Jonathan Dougherty, SHEQ Manager said, “Health and safety is, and always will be, our number one priority at Mivan. It is a fundamental part of our core values which shape the identity at every level of our organisation. We are all delighted to be recognised with this prestigious award and exceptionally proud of this significant achievement. It demonstrates our ongoing attitude to driving outstanding health, safety, welfare, and wellbeing performance. We must thank all our supply chain partners, clients and above all the Mivan team for helping to achieve this success.” ,Mivan has over 45 years’ experience creating luxury interior experiences for our clients. Working collaboratively with architects, designers, contractors, and suppliers to deliver excellence in everything that we do. The company successfully operates in a broad range of sectors including luxury hotels, prime residential, museums, stadiums, arenas, commercial offices, modular solutions and marine.
The Navigate Programme recruitment is now open and seeks applications for Student Placements and Graduates. Mivan will attend Ulster University and local colleges to talk to students at career fairs, present to classes of students and urge applications to the many positions available. ,For a list of all The Navigate Programme vacancies please click here.,The Navigate Programme is Mivan’s early careers entry point. This provides a structured pathway to support young people from the beginning of their career. The Student Placement and Graduate pathways provide opportunities for fifteen to twenty young people each year across a breadth of disciplines – design, estimating, quantity surveying, production, planning and construction management. The Apprentice Programme recruits ten new apprentices each year and provides dedicated Apprentice Workshop throughout the whole apprenticeship. Recruitment for the Apprentice Programme will begin in early 2024. ,Mivan recognises the importance in creating opportunities for young people and have created many for years. Each year around 20% of the workforce is made up of Apprentices, Student Placements and Graduates with many going on to have long, developing, and successful careers.,Karen Anderson, HR Manager said, “Mivan understands that supporting early careers is vital to the continuing expansion of our business and the construction industry. We offer a structured early careers programme which provides career pathways for apprentices, students, and graduates. If you want to learn in the best environment, I urge you to apply today and invest in your career.” ,Amy de Meulemeester, Graduate Digital Design Technician, added, “I started on the programme in August and already I have learnt so much. I am working on a live project, which is helping me to develop my skills quickly. For any student out there thinking about applying I would recommend it without hesitation. There is a great culture of learning and development at Mivan.”,The closing date for applications is 30th November 2023. ,For more information about The Navigate Programme click here.
Mivan, the luxury fit out and bespoke joinery specialist, won the first ever edition of the Rathbane Cup. A charity football tournament between teams from Mivan, MJM Marine and Topglass held last week in Antrim Forum.,Six teams competed - three teams from Mivan, Factory, Office, and Site, two teams from MJM Marine and one team from Topglass were drawn into two groups of three. The two group winners battled it out in the final, and all teams played a final match against the other group opponent.,Mivan Factory Team won overall by firstly smashing the Topglass team and then sinking the MJM Marine team before defeating the Mivan Site team in a close final ending 3-1. All the matches were played in a competitive but fun spirit with all teams cheering the winners off the pitch at the end.,,Although much fun, laughter and smiles took place it was a reminder from Shorlagh McConville, Chairperson of HWSC, who organised the event, about the need to raise much needed funds for the charity of the year. Shorlagh said, “What a great tournament and so pleasing that so many individuals took part, but the important thing is to raise as much money as possible for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. Thanks to our sponsors and I urge you to make a donation to celebrate the win.”,Thanks must go to event sponsors JP Corry, Tennant’s Building Products, Carey Glass and Greaney Glass Products and all others who have donated.,It is never too late to donate so please donate today to celebrate the victory. Click here. ,Matthew Sellar, winning captain from Mivan Factory team, added, “We were determined to win but also give a good account of ourselves. I think we did that. It was great to see some familiar faces from MJM Marine and Topglass but also meet some new faces. All the matches were competitive, but we are delighted to come out on top. Now we just need some donations.”,,