Remember to Visit our New Website this Christmas – Dermot Carey, Head of Safety and Manpower CIF

20 Dec 2016

What a great start for! This week, this new initiative has received positive feedback from CIF members and the general public.  Already there are over 100 roles on offer from a broad range of companies, requiring an array of skills – including a BIM co-ordinator for the West and Quantity Surveyors for Cork.

Reflecting on where the industry has been in the past years, it is heartening to see the sector grow and the vacancies listed are testimony to this. The challenge now for the construction industry is to source the talent required to deliver on a broad range of interesting projects. CIF is working with all stakeholders and platforms to assist in this process and with a work pipeline of €19billion there are now a broad range of opportunities available.

Over two years ago, the CIF Executive body had the vision to see a recovery coming and put in place a committee to establish structures to manage skills demand. is the latest of these initiatives and with the knowledge of the DKM Report Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020”, CIF is confident that the growth currently being experienced is sustainable, and a new, stronger industry is emerging.

From my travels around the country in 2016, and interaction and discussions with members from all corners of Ireland, it is clear that the conversation has changed. While the first signs of recovery were mainly felt in Dublin, now talk regionally seems more confident for 2017. On a visit to Dundalk this week, I met a local contractor who advised me that his order book is strong for 2017 and he is looking to employ more people – from the region, for jobs in the region.

A highlight of my role in CIF is speaking with Members. Today, a medium sized contractor informed me that they are making a considerable investment in their IT system – a first such investment in ten years. This is indicative of a confident industry.

The principal purpose of our new online platform is to inform those who left the country to seek opportunities overseas, that there are opportunities in Ireland. Personally, I was that soldier and experienced the 80’s recession by seeking work in London.  However, then, if you wanted to return to Ireland, you found out about opportunities via word of mouth (in particular your Mother) or looking for vacancies in the papers. Now, with modern technology, there is vast amount of information available 24/7. Our objective is to ensure that if you are considering a return to Ireland, the information – and jobs – are there to assist you make that decision.

You can follow our featured ‘12 Jobs of Christmas CIF Campaign’ on our Twitter site by clicking on the below image:

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Nollaig Shona to everyone and here’s looking forward to a constructive 2017!

P.S. Tell the Mammies about!!!

Dermot Carey, Head of Safety and Manpower, CIF

Dermot CareyDermot heads up the Safety and Health Department within the CIF and has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in this area. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with members on these issues and providing assistance with their regulatory compliance issues. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe-T-Cert accreditation service, its day to day operation and development of the brand and service. Dermot also has an oversight role of the training provision function within the Federation. Also, he oversees and manages the CIF’s interest in the provision of trade skills training (apprenticeships) and the policy development in this area.

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