On Tuesday 4th February, the CTS fundraising activities continued as a coffee morning was held at the CTS HQ in Warrenpoint. This took place on World Cancer Day to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Team CTS enjoying the coffee morning in aid of cancer research UK.
Team CTS enjoying the coffee morning.

CTS was 1 out of 50 businesses taking part in Business Beats Cancer Belfast, all working together to help support our local cancer research. Business Beats Cancer Belfast is a group of committed business leaders from a range of professions, focused on raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.  Every penny raised stays in Northern Ireland, helping to beat cancer sooner.

Our wonderful staff got their baking hats on and brought in plenty of buns and cakes for the coffee morning, along with kindly donating towards the cause. Check out some of the treats below.

Our friends from DeliLites joined us and judged the treats.

DeliLites judging the treats.
DeliLites judging the treats.

We added abit of fun by having prizes for first, second and third.

Jacqueline – Lemon Cupcakes
Jolene – Baked Fruit Cake
Iwona – Vegan Chocolate Cake

Iwona, Jacqueline and Jolene pivctured with their treats they baked for the coffee morning.
Iwona, Jacqueline and Jolene pictured with our friends from Delilites.

We thank all the CTS team along with Delilites for partcipating and making it a great morning. We are delighted to have raised a total of £165.

If you would like to donate towards Cancer Research UK click here.

During National Apprenticeship week we would like to share some information about some of the CTS apprentices. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”.

Apprentice Name: Conor Austin

Mentor Name: Ciaran Scullion

Apprentice Start Date: Aug 2019

Role: Apprentice Electrician

Department: NIHE/AT

College: SRC Portadown

What opportunities has this apprenticeship gave you?

This apprenticeship has provided me with the training and skills on how to carry out the basics on electrical installs and maintenance.

What aspects of the job have you enjoyed most?

I enjoy new installations most, as I have seen how to plan and execute a job from start to finish.

Tell us about some jobs/projects/training you have been involved in and skills/knowledge gained?

I recently worked in a house that had a fire in the kitchen. Me and my mentor had to rewire a number of circuits in the; kitchen, bathroom and hallway. This job consisted of rewiring a kitchen ring, general ring, radial circuits, lighting circuit, cooker circuit, and a shower circuit. When this installation was complete, we had to do a full test and an inspection of the property to certify it.

Would you recommend people to consider taking the apprenticeship route?

Yes, apprenticeship is a great opportunity to gain new experience and learn new skills, along with earning a wage. At CTS you get a one-to-one experience with a fully qualified electrician. I have found out that one-to-one training is very important in my learning process.

CTS Apprentice Conor carrying out a job
CTS Apprentice Conor carrying out a job

During National Apprenticeship week we would like to share some information about some of the CTS apprentices. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”.

Apprentice Name: Reece Blackwood

Mentor Name: Colin Davidson

Apprentice Start Date: July

Role: Apprentice Electrican

Department: Building Services

College: SERC

What opportunities has this apprenticeship gave you?

This apprenticeship has gave me the opportunity to progress further in my work and i feel my interpersonal skills have developed.

Do you think you have made much progress since starting?

I feel that i have come along way while working for CTS. I have learnt other aspects of my trade i didn’t have before hand.

What aspects of the job have you enjoyed most?

I have enjoyed progressing and learning more about my trade and i am looking forward to progressing even more in the upcoming months.

Tell us about some jobs/projects/training you have been involved in and skills/knowledge gained?

I was involved in the heating systems installations which gave me new knowledge. It has also made me more confident in other aspects of my work as i can now use the skills that i have learnt. My mentor is allays happy to pass on knowledge and useful advice to help me progress.

Would you recommend people to consider taking the apprenticeship route?

Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn and develop. It is a career path that wouldn’t be possible without the benefit of the apprenticeship program.

During National Apprenticeship week we would like to share some information about some of the CTS apprentices. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”.

Apprentice Name: David F Wilson

Mentor Name: Colin Davidson

Apprentice Start Date: January 2018

Role: Plumber

Department: Radius

College: Belfast Met

What opportunities has this apprenticeship gave you?

This apprentice has gave me the chance to work by myself, developing skills personally & professionally. As well as working with other trades. It has also gave me the chance to meet new people, working with tenants to improve their homes.

This apprenticeship has also gave me the chance to Improve my decision making, and time keeping as jobs were scheduled & deadlines are in place.

Do you think you have made much progress since starting?

Since starting with CTS I have been offered a full time contract and I am now able to work by myself with my own van. Tools have been provided along with training to help me progress and improve skills. I also get to work as part of the Radius & NIHE team with engineer & admin staff.

What aspects of the job have you enjoyed most?

I have enjoyed learning on the job as a result of working by myself & as part of a team. Also, i have enjoyed learning something new everyday and being given the chance to improve & train.

CTS Apprentice David F Wilson
CTS Apprentice F Wilson

Tell us about some jobs/projects/training you have been involved in and skills/knowledge gained?

I learnt about shower trays & units of Sync Living during private training. Toolbox talks take place every month with contracts manager and the team. Additionally, i have been involved in housing with care which is special schemes were urgent works need attended to. It feels great to be part of something making a difference.

Would you recommend people to consider taking the apprenticeship route?

Yes, i would recommend as you get to earn while learning. You also get to be involved in positive projects, with a team of people on the ground and in the office for guidance

Feel free to provide any more information about your apprenticeship journey at CTS.

The team at CTS are helpful and always want me to do my best with a structured training plan for all apprentices. I was delighted to be the only apprentice from NI to be a finalist at the Ireland Plumbing and Heating awards 2019.

CTS Apprentice David F wilson celebrating his birthday
CTS Apprentice David F wilson celebrating his birthday (Thursday 6th February) during National Apprentice Week.

During National Apprenticeship week we would like to share some information about some of the CTS apprentices. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”.

Apprentice Name: Kai Ross

Mentor Name: Joe Mac

Apprentice Start Date: 1st October 2018

Role: Joiner

Department: Radius

College: Belfast Met

What opportunities has this apprenticeship gave you?

This Apprenticeship has given me many different opportunities. Such as being able to go with many different joiners. This expands my range of knowledge because all of the joiners have a different way of doing different jobs. So, this gives me a great chance to move on in my apprenticeship.

Do you think you have made much progress since starting?

I think that I have made a large amount of progress as I have learnt many ways to approach jobs. I have been able been able to pass on advice to people. Giving pointers of other ways that I have learned how to do or approach a different aspect of a job.

What aspects of the job have you enjoyed most?

I enjoy working with the men and women of CTS as they are very friendly, and will help you no matter what. I also enjoy working hands on at jobs, being able to get the time that I need to learn how to do various tasks.

Tell us about some jobs/projects/training you have been involved in and skills/knowledge gained?

CTS gave me and other apprentices a chance to do training on fire doors. This helped expand our knowledge so when we get the task to help or do a fire door we know how to approach it. This shows the extent that CTS go to help the future work force that they want and would like to see go far with this training.

Would you recommend people to consider taking the apprenticeship route?

I would recommend people to take the apprenticeship route, because the companies that take you really do want to see you go far and succeed in later life. I would also recommend it because it has helped me a lot, seeing what i can do and what i can do now is all because of my apprenticeship.

CTS apprentice Kai carrying out training
CTS apprentice Kai carrying out training

During National Apprenticeship week we would like to share some information about some of the CTS apprentices. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”.

Apprentice Name: Shannon O’Doherty 

Mentor Name: Stuart Higgins

Apprentice Start Date: January 2019

Role: Joiner

Department: Radius

College: Belfast Met

What opportunities has this apprenticeship gave you?

This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain knowledge of the working environment outside collage along working with the opposite sex in the building trade, where not many females are present.

Do you think you have made much progress since starting?

Since starting this apprenticeship, I have learnt alot of new skills and have carried out many tasks which I did not think I could do. I also made alot of progress and met new people while doing it.

What aspects of the job have you enjoyed most?

I have enjoyed learning all of the above along with progressing every day in my joinery career, and enjoying doing this work.

Tell us about some jobs/projects/training you have been involved in and skills/knowledge gained?

I have carried out many joinery jobs such as fitting kitchen units, fitting composite doors, skirting, bath panelling etc. Carrying out these jobs I have learnt alot of skills on how to use the power tools and other equipment that I have never used. I also know how to do the actual job and complete these task on time.

Would you recommend people to consider taking the apprenticeship route?

I would strongly encourage others to do this apprenticeship because it has helped me alot on learning new things an also gave me an opportunity to complete my level 2 in Belfast Met. Also, because there are not alot of females in this working trade.

CTS apprentice Shannon carrying out training

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