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MIVAN FIRST YEAR APPRENTICE WINS PLACE AT SKILLBUILD UK FINAL

Conor Dallas, Apprentice Joiner, won the SkillBuild NI Regional Qualifier for Joinery resulting in selection for the SkillBuild UK National Final. Conor is a first-year apprentice studying at Northern Regional College (NRC) and working with leading fit out contractor, Mivan. ,SkillBuild, delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, they are looking for skill and talent that is built to last.,A series of competitions sees the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade. As each level of competition progresses, competitors will be tested on their technical abilities, time management, character, and commitment. Helping to develop confidence, self-esteem, and life skills.,The Regional Qualifiers run UK-wide, from February to June each year. These one-day events bring together apprentices and trainees, with the overall eight highest-scoring competitors in each specialist skill going through to the next round – the SkillBuild UK National Final.,Conor’s route to the final started back in February 2022 when he won the NRC inter-campus joinery competition in Newtownabbey. This led to the CITBNI Regional Qualifier in May 2022 where 79 of the brightest recruits and top performers within construction apprenticeships programmes from across Northern Ireland competed against each other. Conor finished in 1st place beating twelve other competitors in the joinery category. ,He will join competitors from across the UK in November for a three-day event, as part of WorldSkills UK ‘LIVE’ held in Edinburgh. Medals are awarded at a closing ceremony, with the potential for the highest-scoring eligible recipients to join the WorldSkills UK ‘Squad UK’ and progress into international competition.,Commenting on his achievement, Conor said “When I started with Mivan in August 2021, I immediately started learning in the dedicated Apprentice Workshop, reading, and interpreting drawings to make basic joints and simple joinery. Then once I started to attend college, I was already a step ahead of the other students. I am certain without this start and the guidance provided by Mivan I would not have progressed so quickly and ultimately won the qualifier.” ,Conor added, “winning was good but the skills I have developed throughout the year is the most pleasing aspect. I can see real progress in my ability. I can interpret drawings, use different hand tools, different power tools and create what the drawing requests. There is no more satisfying feeling.”,John Cunningham, CEO of Mivan, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Conor won the regional qualifier and extremely proud he has been selected for the SkillBuild UK National Final – a first for a Mivan Apprentice. Conor’s success is a great testament to both himself and the Mivan Apprenticeship Programme. With a dedicated workshop for apprentices, we believe this gives the best environment for progression. Ten new apprentices started in August, and we will start recruitment process for 2023 apprentices in the new year.”,“Conor has applied himself to the role very well and exceeds in all areas. His attitude is fantastic. I look forward to supporting his future development and providing all the help he needs for the National Finals in November. We presented Conor with a gift to recognise his success and hope it aids his progress.”,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 JOINS FUTURE INNOVATION GROUP

Mivan, the leading fit out and joinery specialist, is sending delegates to join the Future Innovation Group (FIG). The group aims to identify reasons the construction industry fails to attract young talent and will also look to harness the power of information, working towards making the sector more data driven. ,Some of constructions’ biggest names are backing the group including Morgan Sindall, Pagabo, Pick Everard, Wates, ISG and Faithful+Gould. The group is led by a steering group of placement students but is open to any construction related business sector. ,Rebecca Rennie, placement engineer and site manager at Morgan Sindall on the groups steering panel said, “Our main goal in launching the Future Innovation Group is to bring likeminded young people from any area within the construction industry together, to discuss how we can make it a more attractive place for future generations. We hope the group will be a springboard for change, identifying why junior recruitment has become such a pervasive issue, and how we can rectify it to build a better industry for all stakeholders.”,Mivan looks forward to participating in the groups’ first meeting, this week in Hull. The meeting will focus on ways to help improve understanding and formulate ideas to attract younger talent to the industry. ,Shorlagh McConville, Business Development Manager, added "At Mivan we are continuously investing in our young and ambitious talent. Being part of the FIG task force for the next four years is part of our commitment. I am confident in our students and in our structured programme, that it creates the proper environment for developing each individual and shaping them to be the future leaders within our business and industry. We look forward to being part of the conversation around shifting generational perceptions of our industry and most importantly representing Northern Ireland’s construction industry on the UK stage.”,Fortunately, Mivan has lots of experience in attracting the top talent with eight new entrants on our Graduate and Student Navigate Programmes and a further ten Joinery Apprentices starting in August 2022. Recruitment for the 2023 programme begins later this year and further information will follow in the coming weeks and months.

MENS HEALTH WEEK 13TH - 19TH JUNE 2022

This week is International Men's Health Week running from 13th to 19th June 2022. Men's Health Week was created twenty years ago and is designed to give all boys and men access to the information, services, and treatment each man needs to live healthier, longer, and more fulfilling lives. ,The Mivan Health, Wellbeing and Social Committee (HWSC) fully embraced the week and promoted a number of activities to help men think about their health and how they can improve it. This was communicated on a daily basis by sending out tips and resource links to raise awareness of what is available to men and encourage a pro active approach to health. For example, did you know, the majority of men surveyed by the Men’s Health Forum said they would go to the doctor with a physical symptom but only 19% would go for anxiety and 15% for low mood.,To help improve feelings of isolation and/or loneliness a lunch was supplied to encourage all staff, including site staff, to join and eat together. As can be seen it was very successful. Well, who doesn't like a free bit of pizza. Another day all male colleagues where encouraged to go for a walk at lunch time, those participating given extra time to enjoy the walk but still have enough time to eat lunch when returned. Physical exercise is a critical must for any healthy man or person. ,Really helpful information, tips and resources were circulated daily to all staff. These provided details of support services such as help to improve mental health, a DIY MOT for men, health checks available and Can Do Checker. ,Finally, over twenty five staff have signed up to participate in a weekly football match, facilitated by Mivan, to encourage more regular physical activity. This is a reminder to all men that the other fifty one weeks of the year are just as important as Men's Health Week.

MIVAN TO SHOWCASE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN MARINE FIT OUT AT CRUISE SHIP INTERIORS EXPO, MIAMI

Mivan, the leading fit out specialist, will be presenting its full range of solutions and latest innovations at Cruise Ship Interiors (CSI) Expo 2022. We will also be reaching out to new potential clients and cementing relationships with existing clients at Miami Beach Convention Centre.,Mivan’s team of specialists, including John Cunningham, CEO, will be available throughout the exhibition to assist the cruise interiors industry, including interior designers, architects, shipyards, and suppliers. Sharing stand 549 with our sister company MJM Marine you are sure to get the experts view when you visit. Register for a free ticket by visiting website - click here.,James Gilmore, Head of Marine, will be able to share our recent experience working on The World: Residences at Sea in Cadiz, Spain. Having completed more than ten projects on The World: Residences at Sea we are the experts to complete both public fit out work and private residency revitalisation. Stop by the stand to hear how Mivan worked to a tight deadline in the Cadiz dry dock to deliver all venues, on budget and to specification. A remarkable project where our quality is recognised every time, hence why asked back every year to provide our fit out and luxury interior expertise. ,Mivan has extensive experience in developing bespoke joinery solutions for highly constrained cruise ship sites and in minimising disruption to client during fit out. With an impressive portfolio of marine projects across the world, Mivan has successfully delivered fit out of public areas including bars, restaurants, lounges, theatres, games areas, receptions, and lidos. Also, private areas such as cabins, penthouse suites and private apartments. Each project is designed collaboratively with client design team to meet all expectations of the client.,In addition to marine fit out, Mivan operates in broad range of sectors including luxury hotels, prime residential, museums, stadiums, arenas, commercial offices, and modular solutions.  ,If you want to meet one of our experts to discuss your fit out needs, then please email hq@mivan.com to schedule an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Miami.

MIVAN ON THE LOOK OUT FOR FUTURE APPRENTICE TALENT

Antrim based Mivan, an internationally renowned leader in specialist joinery and interior fit-out, is currently on the lookout for the next intake of Apprentice Joiners to join their team of highly skilled craftspeople.,The company which specialises in a broad range of sectors including marine, specialist joinery, luxury residences, offices, hotels, themed and leisure interiors, will be holding open days on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March at their premises on Greystone Road, Antrim.,Anyone, aged 16 and over, who is passionate about a career in joinery, is encouraged to attend. Apprentice candidates are welcome to bring a parent or guardian to the event. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about Mivan and their apprentice programme, meet the Mivan team and view the facilities.,Mivan’s Apprentice programme, in conjunction with the local College Network, currently offers Specialist Joinery and Furniture Production / Bench Joinery apprenticeships which lead to a Level 3 NVQ Diploma.,Karen Anderson, Head of HR, Mivan said, “We are delighted to be able to open the doors again to welcome the next generation of apprentices. Despite a challenging two years throughout the pandemic, the company is continuing to grow. We value the apprentice process at Mivan as it allows us to train our people in the skills that we need to help the business continue to expand.”,Karen continued, “A Mivan Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for someone to start their career with us and earn while they learn. Our apprentices have a dedicated in-house training facility, learn from our expert craftspeople and work on prestigious projects. This programme leads to a long-term career with Mivan and our apprentices have the opportunity to continue to progress, learn and develop even after their apprenticeship finishes.”,To register for the event or apply for a place on the Mivan Apprentice Programme please contact Mivan on 028 9448 1000 or email recruitment@mivan.com,Closing date for applications for the Mivan Apprenticeship Programme is 31st March 2022.