Abigail’s SkillBuild success signals changes in the pipeline!

Dowds Group are pleased to announce that our first female mechanical apprentice, Abigail Reilly, has achieved great success for women of the construction industry after ranking 1st place in the SkillBuild Pipework competition held by Northern Regional College in Newtownabbey. The SkillBuild NI competition is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for young students and apprentices and Abigail was absolutely delighted with her achievement.

Abigail has now been entered into the Northern Ireland regional final of the competition which will be held in March at the NWRC Limavady Campus with a potential opportunity of representing NI at the Skill Shows UK following onto the WorldSkills finals in Russia.

 

Chosen alongside two other apprentices from a class of 30 to compete in the competition, Abigail impressed the judges who could not fault her work and rewarded her with full marks! NRC Plumbing lecturer, James McKeefry, hopes Abigail’s success will inspire other young women to enter into the male dominated construction industry and embrace all the opportunities available.

CIOB has reported that ‘women make up only around 13% of construction sector workers, a number that hasn’t changed much for two decades. Furthermore, that number flatters us when you consider that only 2% of on-site workers are female.’ These statistics make Abigail’s success even more substantial and we hope if more young women are inspired to join the industry to not hesitate. For further guidance about joining the industry and changing the face of construction please follow this link:  https://www.women-into-construction.org/ 

Everyone at Dowds Group are delighted with Abigail’s achievement and we will be fully supporting her throughout the remainder of the competition!

 

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Chest, Heart & Stroke visit Dowds Group!

Our first ‘Health Matters’ event took place on Friday 26th January where Chest, Heart & Stroke visited our head office in Ballymoney to provide express health checks for our staff.

The checks provided staff with the knowledge of their cardiovascular risk factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, body composition, BMI & other lifestyle factors such as diet, which will enable them to make positive lifestyle choices. The health checks were very popular amongst our staff and we plan to hold many more over the next few months in our Belfast & London offices and across all our sites.

We would like to give a special mention of appreciation and thanks to Hannah, Amy and Colette from Chest, Heart & Stroke who carried out the health checks over the 2 days!

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Students experience Grassy Meadow

Dowds Group had the pleasure of welcoming two electrical installation students on site to Grassy Meadow. Joe and Edison, who are students from Uxbridge College, were on site for a week’s work experience.

Grassy Meadow is a recent project of Dowds Group which involves the redevelopment of a day care centre that will provide 88 one-bedroom extra care housing units, a specialised Dementia Resource Centre and associated facilities. These modern homes will provide great facilities to older residents who want to continue living an independent life.

Joe and Edison, spent a productive week on Grassy Meadow gaining a valuable insight into the daily activities our site team are involved in, alongside main contractor Farrans.

Dowds Group are a firm believer that work placements and apprenticeships are an ideal path to building a good foundation for a career in the construction industry. We currently have 7 new apprentices on site Grassy Meadow, totalling our apprentice tally to 42 over NI and London.

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Health Matters – Upcoming Events

Here are the planned Health Matters events for Q1 2018:

  • Chest Heart & Stroke will be providing Express Health Checks at the Ballymoney Office on Friday 26th January 2018 & Friday 2nd February 2018.
  • Staff survey help us address our current mental health status at the end of the month.
  • “Mental Health Awareness” programme in London scheduled for April.

 

 

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And our 4th Charity is… The Boom Foundation!

As determined by the staff ballot held at our Christmas at the Races event, we are delighted to announce that the the fourth and final confirmed charity for our 40 for 40 campaign is The Boom Foundation!

Why – The Boom Foundation?

The Boom Foundation is the only charity in NI supporting patients with Sarcoma. 50% of their money goes towards Sarcoma UK research and the other 50% goes directly to benefiting the patients – all their work is voluntary with no overheads.

Our staff member, Carolyn McKiernan, experienced first hand the support and help The Boom Foundation offers and it is a charity Dowds Group would like to take the opportunity to give a little back for the help they provide to so many people.

We would like to thank all those members of staff who donated towards The Boom Foundation and the other three nominated charities, Tiny Life, Road of Hope and Welcome Organisation at our Christmas at the Races event!

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‘Christmas at the Races’ event reins in £5000!

This year our Christmas Party was particularly special as it was the launch of our ‘40 for 40’ campaign. We held a ‘Christmas at the Races’ event at The Elk, Toomebridge on Friday 22nd December 2017.

After a delightful 3 course meal, our night at the races event kicked off! We would like to thank all of those companies who sponsored this event, firstly Malone Lighting as our main sponsor and the following 8 companies who sponsored each individual race:
Solmatix Renewables, KEW Electrical, Chroma Lighting, Gordons Electrical, Edmundson Electrical, Greenville, Midland Fixings Ltd and Crown Industries.

In addition to the races we also held a staff ballot to determine the fourth charity for our campaign. The four charities included in our staff ballot were The Boom Foundation, Tiny Life, Road of Hope and Welcome Organisation.

The charity with the most donations on the night was named as our fourth charity for 40 for 40, to find out who are fourth and final charity is follow the link:  And our 4th charity is…

We would like to thank the sponsors and especially all our staff for attending and the generous donations they made at the event. We are proud to announce that in total we raised a magnificent amount of approximately:

£5000!

 

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Our Four Selected Charities

Why – Electrical Industries Charity (EIC)?

EIC support the electrical industry with well-being solutions to transform and rebuild the lives of people by offering support programmes for apprentices, employees and their families and pensioner support.   This a charity that is held close to our hearts, especially after the support they provided for the family of a former Dowds Group employee  who sadly passed in 2014.

 

Why – Macmillan Cancer Support?

 Macmillan have millions of supporters, professionals, volunteers and campaigners who give support, energy and inspiration back to individuals and families of those who have battled cancer.  With support services throughout the UK including centres close to our three offices in Ballymoney, Belfast & London, we have all experienced in some way the help Macmillan can provide – we would like to take the opportunity to give a little back for the help they have provided to so many of us.

 

Why – Aware NI?

It is in unfortunate fact that the construction industry suffers a higher incidence of mental illness than any other industry in the UK.  As well as providing support services, AWARE deliver mental health and well being programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. Dowds Group have worked with AWARE for a number a years, availing of their advice and guidance in the prevention and treatment of mental ill-health.

 

Why – The Boom Foundation?

The Boom Foundation is the only charity in NI supporting patients with Sarcoma. 50% of their money goes towards Sarcoma UK research and the other 50% goes directly to benefiting the patients – all their work is voluntary with no overheads. Our staff member, Carolyn McKiernan, experienced first hand the support and help The Boom Foundation offers and it is a charity Dowds Group would like to take the opportunity to give back for the support they provide to so many people.

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Mechanical Contract Manager – London

We are seeking a Mechanical Contracts Manager based in North London. The successful candidate will have responsibility for the management of large-scale mechanical installation contracts.

THE ROLE:

The role will involve ensuring management and administration of the works are completed to the programme deadline and to a high standard ensuring a satisfied client and an acceptable profit margin for the Company.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will have the following duties:

  • Estimating Assistance – the ability to read drawings and extract all equipment for costing.
  • Health & Safety – inductions of personnel onto site, carry out daily briefs, tool box talks, monitoring & assist writing RAMS, monitoring H&S plan
  • Procurement – monitoring stock of materials, assist site supervisor with timely procurement of materials, overseeing deliveries and appropriate hire goods
  • Subcontractors – liaising with subcontractors, coordination of works, trouble-shooting
  • Programme – monitoring the progress of the programme & reporting on progress to main contractor / client
  • Quality – check sheets, inspection of quality of installation on site – ensuring they meet company standards
  • Meetings – attend/provide input for progress meetings
  • Testing – carrying out and/or signing off tests, overseeing other testing on site
  • Commissioning – overseeing commissioning by specialists, ensuring there are no delays,
  • O&M – production information for the manual & timely mark-up of ‘as installed drawings’, preparation of the building log book & operations guide
  • Communication with the Divisional Manager is essential – supervision of the site and update reporting directly
  • Communication – good communication / reporting with the Main Contractor
  • Escalation of issues to Divisional Manager
  • Building & maintaining good relationships with the project team from client/end user through to maintenance team
  • Conflict / Issue resolution
  • Management of all Site Personnel
  • Sharing lessons learned, flagging of recurring issues
  • Liaising with the design team & answering queries
  • Overseeing specialist installations – have/build on a brief knowledge of all mechanical systems & their operation

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in Contract Management
  • Mechanical Qualification
  • Good Mechanical Knowledge
  • Excellent Communication / Negotiation Skills
  • A Proactive Approach
  • Ability to work extended hour / weekends, as required

To Apply

If interested, please send your CV and covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com

The closing date for Applications is 29th January 2018.

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Dowds Group continue to invest in Apprentices

Dowds Group continue their long tradition of supporting apprenticeships, welcoming a new intake of Northern-Ireland based Mechanical and Electrical apprentices to the company in September 2017,  including our first female mechanical apprentice.

This now brings our current apprentice tally to 40 overall in NI & London!!

We are strong believers that apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry and play a vital role in introducing new skills and diversity into our already well-established team, in fact many members of our management team today started their Dowds careers as apprentices.

Dowds Group M&E apprentices at the Altnagelvin Northern Extension site; Abigail Reilly, Emmet McGilloway, Rory Donaghy and Matthew Mulligan

The quality of our apprenticeship programme is widely recognised and in recent years a number of our apprentices have been singled out in regional and national competitions.

As always we received a high volume of applications and after a rigorous recruitment process, the calibre of applicant was so high we took on 10 new apprentices, our highest intake to date!

Recruitment for London apprentices is also underway and it is expected to conclude in November 2017.

 

 

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