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CITB NI’s Women in Construction Network Launches New Careers Materials for Girls

CITB NI’s Women in Construction Network is proactive in promoting the construction industry as a career for young women. There are many successful women now working in the industry and the old stereotypes associated with construction are falling away. The industry is dynamic and forward thinking and the women working in it are creating successful careers with bright futures.
 
As such CITB NI and members of its Women in Construction Network have joined forces to produce a new case study booklet, featuring lots of case studies of women in a variety of roles in the construction industry. The booklet features a construction manager, an architectural technician, several different types of engineers, a design manager, a human resource manager, and a solicitor to name a few.
 
The booklet outlines the benefits of working in the industry and provides words of advice and encouragement for those thinking of a career in construction. The booklet will be used as a promotional tool and will be distributed at careers events and to schools across Northern Ireland.
 
Further case studies about women in construction, and case studies featuring apprentices, Skillbuild winners, companies who have done training, and much more, are available on the CITB NI website.
 
CITB NI has also created a three-minute video featuring two women working for leading contractors in the Northern Ireland construction industry. The video will feature on the CITB NI website and social media pages and will be used to promote the construction industry as a career in schools and at careers events.
 
CITB NI would like to thank the women involved and their employers for their contribution to these projects.
 
Both the case study booklet and the video were launched at an event on 24th May 2019 and are now available to download on the CITB NI website https://www.citbni.org.uk/Careers/Women-in-Construction-(1).aspx. Details of how to join the Women in Construction Network are also available on this page.

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Women in Construction Network visit new Translink Milewater Service Centre

Members of the Women in Construction Network recently visited Phases 1 and 2 of the new Translink Milewater Service Centre thanks to Project Manager Michelle Alcorn. This service centre has been designed to accommodate the new Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles but will also service the existing fleet. Attendees were first taken on a tour of Phase 2 which is currently under construction by Henry Brothers Limited. The piling methods used due to the site’s location were discussed in some detail during the visit. Participants were also able to hear about measures taken to protect the environment and special considerations which needed to be made in terms of the design of the buses, traffic management and so on. The Phase 2 building will be used to service these vehicles and will also have some open plan office accommodation.
 
The group then visited Phase 1 which was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister on the same day. This gave participants an excellent insight into the look and feel of the completed building. The tour was led by Michelle and Ciara Lappin, Doran Consulting who both provided detailed information on various aspects of the construction of both phases.
 
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Event Empowers Girls To Get Into Construction

CITB NI and WOMEN’STEC hosted 60 female pupils plus their teachers from schools around Northern Ireland at a Girls into Construction event today / yesterday. The event was strongly supported by the industry with around 10 companies and self-employed individuals involved including Gilbert-Ash Ltd, Graham-Bam Healthcare Partnership, Arup, Consarc, White Ink, Translink Infrastructure Department, and William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Limited.
 
Having-a-go-at-tiling-at-Girls-in-Construction-Event2.jpgDuring the event the girls were able to try a number of practical activities which included cabinet making, joinery, roofing, painting & decorating and tiling. As well as the practical activities the girls attended sessions where they met and questioned architects, engineers, health and safety managers, community liaison managers, and project managers to get a better understanding of some of the professional roles within the industry and how these women entered the industry and what their experiences have been to date. The main themes coming out of the sessions were that the construction industry offers  a diverse and exciting career, the opportunity to travel, the opportunity to work on large flagship projects and a sense of achievement when they have been completed, no two days being the same and getting to work with a wide variety of people. The wide range of jobs means that there is something for everyone, whether you like working indoors or outdoors, using your hands to create something or using a computer to design something.
 
The first keynote presentation was from Gilbert-Ash Ltd, highlighting how women in their organisation are involved in all aspects of a construction project. Ray Hutchinson, Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash Ltd says, “Our workforce is currently 21% female, well above the industry average of 11%, and we are continuing to work proactively to make sure that we always hire the best candidate for the job.”
 
The event concluded with presentations from Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University highlighting the different routes into a career in construction whether it be via an apprenticeship, foundation degree, HNC/D or degree route.

Lunch was sponsored by GRAHAM. Emer Murnaghan, GRAHAM Group Head of Business Improvement stated, “GRAHAM is committed to developing female role models who can encourage young women to build exciting and rewarding careers within the construction industry. We acknowledge the positive impact that a diverse workforce can make on sustaining a successful business – with diversity comes better innovation, with innovation comes resilience.” 
 
18-(1).jpgThe event was a huge success with the practical activities being a particular hit. Encouragingly feedback from the event suggests that a number of girls are now keen to pursue a career in the construction industry while others are giving it more consideration than they had previously.
 
CITB NI Chief Executive, Barry Neilson, said “It is important that the construction industry in Northern Ireland has a wider pool of talent from which to recruit and that it recognises the benefits a diverse workforce can bring. We have an average annual recruitment requirement of 710 for the period 2017-2020, with skills shortages identified in a number of trades including bricklaying and wood trades. There are already many successful women working in the construction sector in a variety of capacities, and they are excellent role models for our future recruits. Hopefully this event will showcase the wide range of opportunities the industry offers to young women and we hope to see some of today’s pupils in the role of Ambassador at similar events in the future.”
 
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Pictured are: Lynn Carvill, Womens TEC, Maria Bradley Gilbert Ash,  Jane Broda – Hazelwood Integrated College
Alisha Platt – Ballymoney High School, Kate Harvey – Methodist College, Louisa McCracken – Abbey Community College, Ciara McArdle – St Paul’s High School, Lucy McGrath – St. Louise's Comprehensive College, Aine McQuillan – Sacred Heart Grammar, Kathy Cochrane – North Coast Integrated College, William McMullan CITB NI

 






Lynn Carvill, Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC stated, “The ‘Girls into Construction’ event widens the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) agenda and through our female role models, we’re hoping to inspire girls to consider the wide range of career options open to them. We are passionate about diversifying the workforce and are delighted to have received such a resounding response from secondary and grammar schools who have wanted to attend the event.”   

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CITB NI has several booklets designed for those interested in working in the industry which are available to download from the careers section of the website including ‘A Future in Construction Careers Guide’ and ‘Women in Construction’ booklets: www.citbni.org.uk.
 

Belfast’s Changing Waterfront – Site Visit

Exciting new developments are taking place on Belfast’s waterfront including the new £25m 4-star AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast, the first Marriott Hotel in Northern Ireland which is currently being built by Gilbert-Ash. Work is progressing rapidly and the project is due for completion in 2018. The new hotel, which is providing 180 construction jobs during its construction, will feature 188 bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar / lounge, fitness facilities and meeting rooms. It will also feature a signature restaurant by world-renowned Michelin starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. The hotel has an excellent location with great views over the water of Titanic Belfast and the Odyssey.
 
Members of the Women in Construction Network visited the site of the new hotel which is located within the City Quays development. The visit was organised by long-standing member and supporter of the network Maria Bradley, Gilbert-Ash.
 
Attendees were treated to a presentation by project co-ordinator Warren Copeland which outlined the construction work to date and the work still to be completed. The WICN members were then taken on a tour of the site, looking firstly at the exterior and then viewing the interior of the hotel including the area for the new restaurant and the various styles of bedroom.


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As many members have seen the hotel in its various stages when driving over the M3 bridge, it was a great opportunity to get on to the site and see the project up-close. Members also enjoyed having the opportunity to network with other women working in the industry. Attendees included engineers, health and safety managers, quantity surveyors, HR managers and others. Companies participating included Farrans, HBS, Turkingtons, Graham-BAM, Morrow Group, and Arup. The WICN was also delighted to welcome representatives from the US Consulate and Belfast Harbour.
 
 
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The Women in Construction Network NI runs a series of site visits and seminars throughout the year and provides an opportunity for women working in the industry (whether site or office-based) to get to know each other and to experience different elements of the construction industry. There is also a website which is updated monthly with external events which may be of interest to members. To join the Women in Construction network please e-mail Karen Hunter (karen.hunter@citbni.org.uk) with your details.
 

Women in Construction Network visit Castle Park WwPS

Women from Arup, Gilbert-Ash Ltd, and SERC (South Eastern Regional College) recently attended a site visit at the Castle Park WwPS (Waste Water Pumping Station) hosted by DAWSON-WAM Ltd.
 

DAWSON-WAM Ltd are currently constructing a 25m diameter and 16m deep shaft as part of the £10m Bangor sewerage improvement programme. Extensive preconstruction archaeological investigations were undertaken prior to work commencing as the site is within the grounds of Bangor Abbey, an ancient monastic abbey of International Christian Heritage significance. During the investigations the skeletal remains of several individuals were found.
 
This is a Considerate Constructors Scheme registered site and the attendees were given a presentation by John O’Neill, one of the NI monitors from the Considerate Contractors Scheme. The presentation covered the scheme aims, requirements and monitoring process and outlined how successful NI companies have been in winning awards under the scheme.
 
Peter Kerr, HSEQ Manager and Ross Williamson, Site Manager, both from DAWSON-WAM Ltd, outlined the WwPS project, explained how the shaft was constructed, what problems were encountered and overcome throughout the project, and how the local community’s needs were taken into consideration. They also outlined the steps DAWSON-WAM Ltd are taking to ensure they meet the requirements of the Considerate Contractors Scheme.
 
The presentations were followed by a tour of the site where the group were able to appreciate the size and scale of the shaft and the work undertaken to construct it – each block shown in the photograph below is one metre in height!


              






Women in Construction Site Visit to the Connswater Community Greenway hosted by Farrans

 
In June 2016 a group of more than 20 women in construction (and one or two men) enjoyed a visit to the Connswater Community Greenway project in East Belfast. The site visit was kindly hosted by Farrans and led by Lynsey McNeilly, Site Engineer.
 
The group heard a presentation on the project, outlining the flood alleviation works to protect 1,700 homes and businesses, including building flood barriers and diverting overflow to the local park and away from housing;  difficulties with site access e.g. the narrowness of the site between the river and nearby housing; and other civil works including construction of 16 kms of walking and cycling trails and public spaces.
 
The group then visited a number of sections of the project including CS Lewis square, Avoniel, The Hollow and Dixon Playing Fields.


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Inspiring Stories
 

Almost twenty members of the Women in Construction Network NI met in early February to hear inspiring stories from key speakers Orla Corr, MBE, McAvoy Group, and Nicola McCracken, Lagan Construction. The two speakers outlined their careers to date, highlighting different aspects of their work and the challenges faced in leading an organisation and in working internationally. In addition, participants heard about the importance of BIM as a tool for the future and about the WISE Awards which recognise the achievements of women in STEM related careers. Those attending the event found the talks to be ‘encouraging and inspiring’. Attendees were also given the opportunity to experience CITB NI’s virtual training environment – the VET360.

 
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Local Women in Construction Site Visit

Members of the Women in Construction Network recently visited the A8 Larne Dualling Project, facilitated by Aidan Kearney, Lagan Ferrovial Costain. The group were provided with a presentation outlining the extent of the project, technologies and methods used, environmental and safety concerns, waste reduction, public liaison issues and so on. The group then visited a number of sites along the A8 to look at the carriageway itself, bridge construction, accommodation works, and works to protect the environment. Pictured are members of the WICN group from JH Turkington & Sons Ltd, Gilbert-Ash (NI) Ltd, William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd and Lagan Construction.

 
         





Women in Construction Case Study Booklet Launched!

 
Yesterday saw the launch of the new Women in Construction case study booklet. The booklet has been designed to profile successful women in the industry and will be used to encourage young women into the industry. The booklet will be distributed via the website, and to schools and colleges through careers events.
 
The booklet aims to:

  • Promote construction as a career option
  • Highlight the wide range of jobs available
  • Highlight the benefits of working in the industry
  • Outline ways of entering the industry and the skills needed
  • Provide words of encouragement and advice to young people thinking about a career in construction
  • Promote the Women in Construction network.
 
Pictured below at the launch are some of the contributors to the booklet:
Shona Watson, Director, KWG (Kevin Watson Group); Fiona McMaster, Self-employed Facilitator, Women’s TEC; Lorraine Yarr, SHEQ Manager, JH Turkington & Sons Ltd; Wendy Beatty, HSQE Manager, William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd and Karen Hunter, Project Manager, CITB NI.

















Mark Wade, Hays Recruitment outlines the case for women in construction and highlights some of the work being done by CITB NI to promote the construction industry to young people and women.












CITB NI signs STEM CEO Charter                                                

 
CITB NI has been working to promote Women into Construction for many years now and recently formalised its commitment to this work by signing the STEM CEO Charter.
 
The Charter, which is a first for Northern Ireland was launched on 4 June at an event organised by the Department for Employment and Learning STEM Business Group and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
 
Evelyn Collins CBE, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission, said ‘The current under-representation of women in scientific and technical jobs is not simply a gender equality issue; it is a broader economic issue that has huge consequences for our future prosperity and growth. It is vital that bright young women with an aptitude for STEM subjects are inspired to see careers in the sector as an attractive option,” Ms Collins said. “This means being ambitious and determined in how we encourage girls and women to pursue the STEM subjects, and more importantly, in how we translate this into further and higher education and, ultimately, into the workplace.’

By signing the Charter CITB NI recognises the need to address the current underrepresentation of women in the construction industry. Examples of some of the work CITB NI is undertaking to promote women into the construction industry are outlined below:

 
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  • Dedicated webpage with monthly updates
  • Events e.g. seminars, site visits
 
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  • Promoting the construction industry to schools
  • Female Ambassadors
  • Have a Go events
  • Case studies
 
 

 
Chief Executive, Barry Neilson, said ‘It is important that the construction industry in Northern Ireland has a wider pool of talent from which to recruit and that it recognises the benefits a diverse workforce can bring. We would encourage employers in the industry to embrace this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to a diverse workforce and sign up to the STEM Charter. There are already many successful women working in the construction sector in a variety of capacities, and they are excellent role models for our future recruits. I would encourage all Construction and Built Environment employers to sign up to the Charter to help ensure the construction industry benefits from the wealth of talent that exists in our young women’.

The Equality Commission can offer practical support and guidance to any STEM employer who wants to get involved. It will be establishing a STEM employer network to promote and share good practice and help employers understand the lawful positive action they can take to address gender imbalance in STEM. Interested employers should contact Frank Fleming or Donna Heaney in the Commission’s Advice and Compliance team – Tel: 028 90 500 600.



New Report Launched


A report investigating the gender bias within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries in Northern Ireland entitled ‘Addressing Gender Balance – Reaping the Gender Dividend’ report was launched on 7th November 2013.
The report can be downloaded here
http://www.equalityni.org/ECNI/media/ECNI/Publications/Employers%20and%20Service%20Providers/STEM-Report-Addressing-gender-balance-in-STEM.pdf
 

Women in Construction Event

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI’s Women in Construction Network held an event on Wednesday 23rd October 2013. The event was attended by a wide range of women and one gentleman from the industry including engineers, directors, tradespeople and even a school pupil.

The speakers were Lynsey McNeilly, a Site Engineer with Farrans Construction and Melanie Dawson, Design Manager and Innovation lead at Gilbert-Ash Ltd. Lynsey spoke about her career to date and the work she has been doing with schools and colleges to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and the construction industry as a career. Melanie outlined her career to date and her work on implementing Building Information Modelling, a key management tool for the whole supply chain.


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Speakers Lynsey McNeilly and Melanie Dawson at the Women in Construction Event.

The event offered delegates a chance to network and meet others and it is hoped that the network can be further developed in the future. For more information check the Women in Construction www.citbcsni.org.uk or to register with the network e-mail karen.hunter@citbcsni.org.uk

From Belfast to Biberach

Pictured below are a few of the successful participants on the Leonardo funded ‘Building Skills for Sustainable Construction’ project who attended an information evening at CITB-ConstructionSkills NI recently. The project will send 30 individuals from the construction industry to Biberach in Germany to learn about building and retro-fitting energy-efficient buildings, renewable technologies and sustainable materials.
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Barry Neilson, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills NI said, “Women are clearly playing an ever increasing role in all industries and it is encouraging this is reflected in the construction sector especially in the current economic climate. We are really pleased with the number of women who both applied and who won a place on this programme as the competition was high.

Germany is one of the world’s greenest economies and research has indicated that buildings in Germany use 20% less energy than neighbouring countries. It is this know-how that we hope to transfer to the Northern Ireland industry to help us meet our local energy targets. This can only be done if the workforce receives training and improves their skills’.

Two training courses will be held in June and October 2013 and each will last for two weeks. In addition, the participants will attend some language and cultural training before departing for Germany.

The funding has been provided by the European Commission’s Leonardo programme which is managed by Ecorys in the UK.

Interested parties can keep up to date with the progress of the project at www.citbcsni.org.uk or by ‘liking’ CITB-ConstructionSkills NI on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CITBConstructionSkillsNI.



Time to build a modern new construction industry

The Construction Industry must emerge from the depths of recession as a modern, diverse and sustainable profession capable of embracing change.
That was the key message to employers and training organisations at a seminar on the future of the industry organised by WOMEN’STEC and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI.

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Held at the headquarters of the Equality Commission, the seminar addressed a range of issues including the under-representation of women, training and sustainability.
Anne McVicker, Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC said it was essential that the Construction Industry had all the elements in place – skills training, an increase in the numbers of women and use of sustainable materials – to be ready for an upturn in the economy.
“The building industry is still in the midst of decline but this will not last forever. This is the perfect time to take stock and to embrace new ideas that will make it a more attractive profession for young people, including young women,” she said.
The Construction Industry remains a male-dominated environment. At present women account for only ten per cent of the workforce, with the vast majority of those working in a clerical capacity.

Over the past year and a half, it has been hit hard by the fall in the housing market and the reduction in public sector spending. This has meant that there have been fewer apprenticeships in traditional trades such as plumbing and bricklaying.

Barry Neilson, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, encouraged employers to plan to recruit and train now to meet their future staffing needs to service the upturn in the industry when it comes.
He added “The investment plans for Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK re still in place and will be implemented when financial pressure eases. Our industry needs to keep the flow of skilled people coming into the industry, at all levels, to deliver these plans. There is a wealth of talent and potential in Northern Ireland and employers need to ignore any perceived issues of gender and recruit the best they can to provide a professional service to their clients.”

Key speakers at the seminar included Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College and Dr Ian Garner, of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Chief Executive of the Equality Commission Evelyn Collins said: “This is a difficult time for the construction industry in Northern Ireland, with lower outputs and job losses across the sector. While numbers of women undertaking vocational courses in construction and planning are still small, they have tripled in ten years and women are increasingly well equipped to take up jobs in construction. Times are hard and recruitment is limited, but it is still important for women to take up all the opportunities open to them, and for employers to have access to the widest possible pool of talent.”

Marie-Thérèse McGivern said the industry must use social media, including Twitter, Facebook and texting to attract young people. And she added that using young women already in construction as role models might encourage other young women to consider it as a career.
“We should use this downtime to work more effectively with young people to persuade them that working in construction is a good choice to make. It is an ideal opportunity to rethink where we are going and how to get out the message that this is good career choice for young women in particular.”

One such role model is Ciara Walls, a young woman currently forging a career in construction. The Belfast woman is completing a plumbing course at Belfast Metropolitan College and is employed by Fusion Heating.
Ciara recognised that it is difficult for all young people to get an apprenticeship at present because of the current state of the economy but added that it is a great career choice.
“If you are willing to work hard and get yourself into a steady job you are setting yourself up for a very good career. There is so much to learn and it is one of those jobs that you can take anywhere and adapt your skills,” she added.

Dr Ian Garner said WRAP had worked well on sustainability issues with the Construction Industry on a range of projects worth £600m over the past three years and wanted to see it as established practice.
He added: “Sustainability bring benefits to the environment and to the construction sector in terms of a more efficient use of resources and a better return on profits. Companies have to be efficient to compete in a time of recession and in doing so they are learning new ways of business that will stand them in good stead for the future.”

New Course on Responsible Sourcing of Materials

Pictured on site at the Royal Victoria Hospital to launch a new training programme for NI’s construction leaders are Ronnie Lavery (centre), NRC; Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI; and Sherry Palmer, Environmental Officer for McLaughlin & Harvey, one of the construction companies undertaking the Responsible Sourcing of Materials training programme developed in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, NRC and Arup.

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Back row: Dr Ian Garner, WRAP, Barry Neilson, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI
Front row: Lorraine Campbell, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI and WOMEN’STEC Board member, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Belfast Metropolitan College
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CIOB Awards Evening (January 2011)

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI EPA students receiving their certificates from Martin Cushnahan, CIOB and Barry Neilson, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI at the CIOB Awards evening in January 2011. Featured in the picture are Michelle Doran, (CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Board Member), Linda Geddis, and Michelle Gillian.

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Construction Ambassadors Set To Inspire & Inform

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI recently held an event to celebrate their Construction Ambassadors programme which helps prevent future skills gaps, promote construction as a career and raise the profile of the industry.

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Back row – Gayle Beckett, Barry Neilson, Amanda Stevenson, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, front row – Emma Gilmore, TAL; and Sam Clingen, Gilbert Ash.

Construction Ambassadors give young people a real-life perspective of the industry by visiting schools and colleges, giving presentations and sharing their experiences about a career in construction. These visits are invaluable to help support careers guidance information for both the students and the teachers.

The Construction Ambassadors are a regional network of people who already work in construction and range from young graduates to experienced workers and cover all the trades and professions.

Speaking at the event Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI said, “Construction Ambassadors are unique to Northern Ireland, this programme is the ideal way to communicate effectively to young people considering choosing construction as a career. With all the negative publicity surrounding the industry and the reduced amount of work available we need to be prepared for the upturn and prevent future skills gaps by promoting the industry as a career choice to all.”

Cookstown Builder Scoops Top Industry Award (December 2010)

Joanne McQuillan of McQuillan Building Contractors from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone has scooped a prestigious Master Builder of the Year Award, taking the prize for Most Heavenly Builder in Northern Ireland.

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The 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards, a nationwide search by the Federation of Master Builders to find the best builders in Britain, tests the entrant’s technical ability together with their customer service skills. The Awards are unique, as every entrant must be nominated by a satisfied customer.

McQuillan Building Contractors beat hundreds of other firms to claim the region’s Most Heavenly Builder prize and will now go through to compete in the national Master Builder of the Year Awards. The winners of the 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards will be announced by celebrity property guru Phil Spencer who will present the coveted accolades at a luncheon on Friday March 11th 2011 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

Maire Nawaz, FMB Northern Ireland regional director said: “The standard of entries in Northern Ireland this year is amongst the highest we have seen in the 10- year history of the Awards and reflects the expertise, attention to detail and dedication of the nation’s builders. What really stood out this year was the extent to which builders were prepared to go way beyond the call of duty to build a good working relationship with their clients and to achieve the best possible result for them. The results are stunning, including some highly complicated building projects that marry the latest technology and energy efficiency features with traditional quality craftsmanship.

“The Master Builder of the Year Awards definitely gives customers the opportunity to shout about why they love their builders and thank them for their excellent work. The winning builders should feel justly proud of their achievements.”

McQuillan Building Contractors has done a fantastic job to win the Northern Ireland region award, and we wish them well in the national competition.”

If McQuillan Building Contractors wins the coveted Master Builder of the Year 2011 title, they will drive away in the brand new Light Commercial Vehicle of their choice provided by the principal sponsor of the Awards, Nissan Motor (GB) Limited. And the customer who nominated them can pack their bags for the fantastic £3,000 holiday of their choice! Each national category winning builder and nominating homeowner wins a luxury all inclusive weekend break for two at any of the UK Barceló Hotels.

The 10th Master Builder of the Year Awards is organised by the Federation of Master Builders in association with Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. The Heavenly Builder category is sponsored by B&CE Benefit Schemes and HBXL.

Women in Construction Conference 2009

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Promoting women in construction at the 2009 Women in Construction Conference are (from left) Dr Margaret Baumann, TWN; Catherine McGeady, ConstructionSkills in NI; Sarah Travers, BBC NI; and Anne McVicker, WOMEN’S TEC.

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Joan McAvoy, White Ink, Sarah Travers BBCNI and Catherine McGeady ConstructionSkills at the Women in Construction Event 2007

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Catherine McGeady, ConstructionSkills, Lesley Reilly, Training for Womens Network, Sarah Travers BBC NI, Claire Carr, Costain at the Women in Construction Conference 2008

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Norma Shearer Training for Womens Network, Maria Clarke, Classic Walls, Catherine McGeady, ConstructionSkills and Wendy Austin BBC NI at Women in Construction Conference 2005

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