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Apprentices Championed on £35m Craigavon Leisure Centre Project

1st November 2019

Farrans has welcomed up to 20 apprentices and offered excellent on-the-job training as part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Councilís stunning new £35 million leisure complex in Craigavon.

Through a dedicated programme which began last year, Farrans has provided an exciting range of opportunities for young people seeking a career in the construction sector. Apprentices have been deployed across several roles on-site, with top-quality training and mentoring from highly-experienced personnel.

The leisure centre will create 500 construction jobs during its development and will be home to world-class facilities including a 50-metre swimming pool, Northern Ireland’s largest gym at over 1,000 square metres, an eight-court sports hall and an extensive outdoor water-sports provision.


Providing both Knowledge and Experience

Apprentice engineer and competitive swimmer at Banbridge Amateur Swimming Club, Kealan McCambridge, said his experience working on the new leisure centre was unbeatable.

“When the opportunity arose to move to the leisure centre site, which is also close to home, I was ecstatic. I’ve been able to quickly advance my skill set and improve my knowledge as an engineer for the future. Working on this project has also enabled me to greatly understand the functionality of large-scale buildings, which will aid me in my experience and knowledge as I drive towards finishing my degree in Civil engineering.

“I look forward to the new centre opening in 2020 and I will take great pride in knowing that I contributed to this flagship project. I’m also looking forward to the further opportunities it will continue to bring to the local area for many years to come.”


Development of Future Industry Leaders

Felim Blaney, Farrans Contracts Manager on the project also emphasised the importance of development through apprenticeships.

“Our success is built on the skills and talent of our team and we’re keen to drive recruitment numbers across all areas of our business and across the wider sector, producing a motivated ‘talent pipeline’ of keen and motivated people who will be our future leaders.

“Working with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, we are delighted to be offering up to 20 people the opportunity to come and work with us to help us create an inspiring destination and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help positively shape the health and wellbeing of everyone in the locality.

“Apprentices are vitally important for the local and wider economy and for providing on-the-job prospects in real-life scenarios. They also help to build skills and confidence and can help dramatically accelerate careers.”

The project is due to be complete in Summer 2020.