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Mivan is Onboard to Fit-Out World’s most advanced Ocean Research Vessel

MARINE interior outfitting specialist, Mivan, is set to commence the interior fit-out of the cabins and interior living areas onboard the world’s largest research vessel, REV Ocean.,Due for completion in 2021, REV Ocean will be the world’s most advanced research vessel. It will commence its first science missions in the Arctic, focusing on climate change impacts, plastic pollution and unsustainable fishing. It will also be one of the world’s most environmentally friendly nautical vessels.,REV Ocean CEO Nina Jensen said, “We are delighted to work with a company like Mivan that is sensitive to environmental sustainability in their production process. Durability and comfort in the interior of our vessel is an important part of implementing our research and expedition programme and ensuring we achieve our mission of One Healthy Ocean.”,The vessel, owned by Rossellinis Four-10, and operated by REV Ocean Inc, is built for marine research with a focus on finding solutions to pressing environmental challenges. It will be equipped for investigations of the entire marine ecosystem and has the range and equipment to make autonomous expeditions globally.,John Cunningham, Managing Director, Mivan said, “The deteriorating health of the world’s ocean has never been more prevalent thanks to TV shows such as Blue Planet. The work this vessel will deliver will go a long way to developing concrete solutions to reverse negative environmental impact on our ocean.”,“We are delighted to play our part in getting the REV Ocean ready for sea, adding our quality mark on an already exceptional project. We are an environmentally responsible company and have been FSC® and ISO 14001 certified. These certifications underpin Mivan’s commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and supported our bid to become REV Ocean’s fit-out partner.  The fit-out will be carried out at the Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany by our team early in 2020.”,“At Mivan, we have extensive experience in the marine sector and this project will utilise all of our inhouse capabilities; including design and project management through to specialist bespoke manufacturing and quality onsite installation by our highly experienced marine fit-out team.”,Mivan Marine is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known fit-out businesses. It was acquired by the McConville family, MJM Group, in 2014. It has gone from strength to strength over the last five years working on commercial, hotel and residential projects particularly in the London market as well as outfitting cruise ships across the world.

Mivan Developing the Next Generation with Nine New Joinery Apprentices

MIVAN, specialist joinery and interior fit-out company, based in Antrim, has taken on nine new apprentices as part of The Navigate Programme, boosting the number of joinery apprentices in the company to 23.,The Navigate Programme is Mivan’s student engagement and recruitment brand. Running in conjunction with the local College Network, the programme 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 take on nine new apprentices as part of the first intake of students on The Navigate Programme. This programme allows us to train our people in the skills that we need to help the business to continue to grow and it also comes with additional support for students and graduates.”,“A Mivan Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for someone to start their career with us and earn while they learn. They can achieve NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 working on exciting global projects while developing a range of skills to become a qualified joiner. This programme can lead to a long-term career opportunity with Mivan.”,In March, Mivan hosted an open day at which potential candidates got to meet with key people from the organisation, take a tour of the facilities and meet current apprentices in the business to find out more about the opportunities.,New apprentice joiner Megan Dunlop said “I am really looking forward to starting my career in joinery with Mivan. I visited the company open day back in March and immediately knew this was the company and career path for me”,Two work placement students have also joined Mivan to support the Quantity Surveying and Marine teams over the next year.,Mivan is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known fitout businesses going from strength to strength working on commercial, hotel and residential projects throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as outfitting cruise ships across the world. Recent projects include 20 Grosvenor Square and Freedom of the Seas.,Photo: Aodh O’Neill and Megan Dunlop – 1st Year Apprentice Joiners,

Mivan Modular solutions

FIT-OUT firm Mivan is ensuring that it is in prime position to support the construction industry with a variety of solutions to aid social distancing and speed up projects as lockdown restrictions continue to ease and building sites re-open.,As lockdown measures continue to ease throughout the UK and Ireland, companies have been preparing themselves for what a post pandemic industry might look like. There is no questioning the fact that Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s lives and industries in some shape or form. Through all of the challenges that people and their businesses have faced over the last few months there have been great stories emerge of how they are adapting to ensure that their business can continue in a safe and responsible manner, in line with government guidelines, and this has been no different for the construction industry.,Mivan Modular Solutions is a new division of specialist fit-out company Mivan. Offering a variety of bespoke options to suit all types of construction projects in residential, hospitality, commercial and marine sectors, options range from fully fitted bathroom pods including tiling and sanitaryware finishes to a unique Podwall system preparing fully functioning units off-site in their 110,000 sq. ft. factory near Belfast, Northern Ireland.,Modular Operations Manager at Mivan, Mark Hanna said, “One of the key features that Mivan Modular Solutions can offer is that with social distancing becoming the new norm, factory works can be scheduled to run in parallel with onsite construction works. This means you can be building block walls onsite whilst installing tiles and finishes in the factory at the same time. The knock-on effect can be an accelerated build programme, reduced impact of construction activities onsite along with safer working conditions and improved quality within a factory-controlled environment.”,With an in-house design team, Mivan work closely with the client and project architects from an early stage to engineer an innovative and best value solution. Using early concept designs from some of the world’s leading architectural practices, the team at Mivan have transformed these into workable manufacturing drawings in some of the UK’s most prestigious projects.,Mivan is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known fit-out businesses, going from strength to strength, working on commercial, hotel and residential projects particularly in the London market, as well as outfitting cruise ships across the world. For further information on Mivan Modular Solutions, contact Mark Hanna, Modular Operations Manager on +44(0)7967 177822 or

Second Week at MJM Group

Aaron Bradley started with the MJM Group Marketing Team last week prior to beginning our Navigate Apprenticeship Programme this September. Check out his second blog below of his experience this week.,“My second week working at MJM Group was extremely exciting to say the least. I kickstarted the week by meeting Brian McConville, our Chairman, for the first time. After only a ten-minute conversation with him I learned a lot about what it’s like running a global business and witnessed first-hand his concise, ‘can-do’ attitude.,I travelled to Belfast for a presentation on The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2020, at which MJM Marine won ‘Team of the Year’ last year and will be entering again this year. I was able to meet people from some of the other companies who are entering the awards, such as Action Cancer, and learn a lot about what they do. While we were in Belfast, I had the intriguing opportunity of visiting the office of a design company to look at a project we may be working on.,As part of work I went along to a conference on Brexit which challenged me to think about the impact it and also COVID-19 could have on the economy. Where it may have a negative effect on the industries the companies are invested in, it is an interesting time for me to learn and to see how we, as a group, respond to the situation.,A team from MJM Marine including myself visited a class of business students from Caldwell University, a college in New Jersey USA, in the Canal Court Hotel and presented about MJM Marine, where I enjoyed speaking to them and informing them of my role and the opportunity that MJM Group has given me.,Moreover, I eventually received a fascinating tour of the workshop on the Newry site this week, where everything for every project that the company take on is manufactured before being shipped out to the dry-dock for example. Another profoundly enjoyable week at MJM Group with great learning experience.”

Aaron Joins MJM Group for Exciting Placement Opportunity.

Aaron Bradley joined MJM Group last week on work placement prior to beginning our Navigate Apprenticeship Programme this September.  He will be blogging his experiences throughout the programme.,Read his first impressions of life at MJM Group below:,“Last week, MJM Group welcomed Aaron Bradley on a placement prior to beginning our Navigate Apprenticeship Programme in September.  We are delighted to have him aboard. This is Aaron’s first impression of MJM Group.,Prior to starting a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing, Advertising and Communications in September, MJM Group (MJM Marine, Mivan and Topglass) kindly gave me a placement opportunity within their marketing department until then. I came in with no digital marketing experience and on my very first day, I learned more than I expected to learn in the first month!,I was straight into some digital tenders, where I sat and observed the types of clients the company work with and how important decisions are made within the company. When observing the tenders I learned a lot, such as; how websites are made using different content management systems like WordPress, some of the reasons why certain techniques are used in website design in order to make a website look more professional and luxurious, and also learned how analytics intelligence is used and how useful a tool it can be.,I also received an introduction to the planning for The Ballykelly Engine Show 2020, hosted by MJM Group, for which I will have a challenging but rewarding role in assisting with the marketing for the show. Our aim will be to more than double the turnout of last year’s show, and I would be hugely proud to say I was part of the team who made this happen.,Each of my colleagues made me feel extremely welcome and a real part of the team in my first week – starting from day one – and I look forward to learning so many more things in the field of digital marketing while on this exciting placement journey.”