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

Monday 3rd of February marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2020. CTS currently has 13 apprentices at the business.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond”. The goal is to highlight the talent and energy Apprentices bring into the workplace

CTS apprentices pictured at our HQ
4 out of the 13 Apprentices at CTS (Kai Ross, Shannon O’Doherty, Elliot Crawford and Stuart Simpson)

CTS will be getting involved as we have 13 apprentices on board. We will be sharing information about some of our apprentices throughout the week. Showcasing their journey along with the fantastic and inspiring work they are doing, and the positive impact that they’re making at CTS.

Here at CTS we feel strongly about apprenticeships and believe that apprentices bring new energy and passion into the business.

Last year, CTS apprentice, David F Wilson reached the final of Ireland plumbing and heating awards. This is a great example of a CTS apprentice success story. David F Wilson was selected as a finalist in the category – Apprentice of the Year at Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2019.

CTS apprentice, David F Wilson.

There was incredibly strong competition across all categories which is a reflection of the excellence which exists throughout the industry. The independent panel of expert judges scrutinised every application and highlighted the extremely high calibre of this year’s entries.

David pictured at Gala Awards Ceremony.

A great achievement for CTS apprentice, David getting recognised for the fantastic and inspiring work he has been carrying out.

Keep an eye on our website and social channels throughout National Apprenticeship week to find out more about CTS apprentices like David.

Make sure you use the #LookBeyond and #NAW2020 hashtags, if you are getting involved.

The change of name from CTS Projects to CTS Connect Transform Sustain is less a re-brand and more a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to its clients.

It is also a reflection of how the progressive Warrenpoint- based firm has evolved, beginning life as a building company before expanding into heating installation, then further diversifying into building maintenance and property development. That successful journey has been under-pinned by a mission statement, the promise to: “Establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations, and gaining trust through exceptional performance by every member of our team.”

MD Connaire pictured with rebrand fleet
Pictured with the newly rebranded fleet is Connaire McGreevy, the Managing Director of CTS.

The transition to CTS Connect Sustain Transform feels organic. “It’s a fitting statement on a modern company and what we do and what we hope to do and achieve for our clients,” explained Business Development Director, Serena Hylands. “It’s more focussed, and a reflection of our goals for an increasingly diverse portfolio of clients.”

That customer base, currently in excess of 30,000 properties across the island of Ireland, includes both the private and public sectors.

From education to healthcare, homes to blue light services, clients can benefit from unrivalled expertise, with the Senior Management team at CTS Connect Transform Sustain boasting more than 150-years of maintenance and construction experience.

CTS Connect Transform  Sustain has also become a market leader  in energy management, a natural extension of a business philosophy that includes taking responsibility for any impact on the environment. Practising what they preach, CTS Connect Sustain Transform is perfectly placed to help their clients reduce building operating costs, benefit the environment, and adhere to government carbon reduction targets.

Going green and saving greenbacks (that’s American slang for money, Ed!) – what’s not to love?

Team CTS members
Pictured (L-R) are senior members of CTS: Alan McGowan, Commercial Manager: Serena Hylands, Director; Simon Hylands, Director and Les McGeown, Contracts Manager

CTS CONNECT TRANSFORM SUSTAIN OFFERS A COMPREHENSIVE CHOICE OF CLASS-LEADING SERVICES TO CLIENTS IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR…

Exceeding Expectation

Expertise, and the very highest standards in customer care – CTS Connect Transform Sustain continues to set the gold standard.

Headquartered in Warrenpoint, and with additional premises in Dublin, the company has become the partner of choice  for a diverse client base across the island of Ireland. At the core of CTS’s appeal is an impressive range of class-leading services, each delivered on time and on budget with trademark pride and professionalism.

Saving the environment is one of the great issues of our time, with increased controls and regulations.

CTS Connect Transform Sustain leads the way in Energy Management with a series of green services designed to save the planet – and their clients’ money.

The Facilities Management services include advice and procedures that increase efficiency and contribute towards reaching government-set carbon reduction targets. From external and internal cladding, loft and cavity insulation, Air Source heat pumps, Biomass boilers, and Solar PV, through to testing and compliance of electrics, water, air, plus gas and oil boilers. CTS Connect Transform Sustain and its highly-skilled fast-response engineers are experts in, and at the forefront of, renewable energy technologies.

The company’s all-embracing Facilities and Building Management services can be tailored to suit any size of project. Small, medium, or large – each and every client is assured of the customary friendly and efficient CTS approach.

Nothing is left to chance. Plumbing, heating, flooring, insulations, renovations…tick! Change of tenancy, External Cyclical Maintenance (ECM) to Bathroom, Kitchen, and Re- Wires (BKR)…tick! General work through to specialised jobs such as modifications for people with disabilities…tick! The all- embracing services also extend to asbestos removal, cleaning, CCTV, fire detection, safety fall protection systems, pest control, and emergency lighting.

CTS Fleet outside HQ

In short, whatever your facility needs to run more efficiently, more effectively, CTS Connect Transform Sustain has the answer. But you don’t have to take CTS’s word for it. The company has an enviable list of clients happy to offer positive testimonial. “Connswater Homes are proud to work with Connaire and all at CTS. They have a high standard of work and an excellent work ethic that runs throughout the company.” Offering their clients peace of mind is also important. Rapid response is something CTS Connect Transform Sustain prides itself on, be it for repairs, changing a light fitting, or a complete refurbishment. The goal is always to complete the job at hand in a professional and friendly way that is as stress-free as possible for the client.

CTS Connect Transform Sustain has not lost sight of its origins as a building company. With an impressive portfolio of residential and commercial properties, allied to years of experience in the field, CTS is ideally placed to undertake all aspects of a new build scheme, from land acquisition through to the build and fit-out of a range of properties, both commercial and social.

CTS board room

CTS Connect Transform Sustain- to borrow from another company’s well-worn phrase, ‘do exactly what it says on the tin’. They connect with the client, listening to and understanding their needs. They offer services that will transform their client’s property for the better, improving facilities and increasing efficiency. They maintain long-standing relationships and ensure the services offered are sustainable. And finally, they will deliver an outcome that doesn’t just match expectations, it exceeds them.

DID YOU KNOW…

CTS Connect Transform Sustain’s environmental credentials were recognised recently at the 2019 First Trust Bank Business Eye Awards.

CTS was shortlisted in the Green Company of the Year category – recognising a contribution ‘towards the wider environmental cause’.

  • The fuel used by all CTS Connect Transform Sustain fleet vehicles is monitored by trackers, as is driving behaviour – all with the aim of reducing the company’s carbon footprint
  • Social  responsibility  is at the heart of what CTS Connect Transform Sustain stands for. Giving back to the local community is an integral part of this policy, and the company’s chosen charity is Action Mental Health.

Northern Builder Magazine

We thank all CTS associates who feature in the magazine supporting the re-brand success.

On Friday, 6th of December CTS held annual Christmas jumper day at HQ in Warrenpoint, in aid of charity partner, Action Mental Health.

All staff got into the festive spirit wearing their Christmas jumpers for a good cause.

Team CTS members Jolene & Gosia.
Team CTS members Jolene & Gosia.
 Team CTS members Gerard, Joel & Tricia
Team CTS members Gerard, Joel & Tricia
 Team CTS members Tom and Alan.
Team CTS members Tom and Alan.

We also held a raffle on the day witha Christmas hamper as the top prize, which CTS team member, Danielle O’Neill won. In total, we raised £195 for Action Mental Health. We are delighted to work alongside and raise money for a local charity which changes the lives of so many people.

Team CTS members Darren & Tricia presenting Roslyn Young from Action Mental Health with a cheque.
CTS Christmas Jumper Day

We are delighted to have raised £195.00 for Action Mental Health from our Christmas jumper day, which took place on Friday 6th December🎄👏

Posted by Connect Transform Sustain – CTS on Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Action Mental Health website

Action Mental Health Fundraising & Communications Manager, Jonathan Smyth testimonial on the role of businesses such as CTS.

CTS projects recently carried out a complete refurbishment of Brendan House Glencraig , staff accommodation.

CTS has been and is currently involved in many planned work projects. This recent project was in association with our Clients, Clanmil Housing. along with Craigowen Housing Association who commissioned the work on a property they manage.

Team CTS is committed to clients and continues to exceed expectations. The Brendan House Glencraig contract involved the complete refurbishment of staff accommodation which included;

  • Replacing Roof Coverings
  • Windows
  • M & E installations  
  • Floor, Wall & Ceiling Finishes
  • Complete Redecoration

See some before and after photos from this project below.

pre works photo
post works photo

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