Team CTS support Gas Safety Week by spreading awareness on the tenth year of the campaign.

This year the focus is on how to keep safe as a community, especially during these challenging times.

Connect Transform Sustain teamed up with clients Clanmil Housing Association to launch a ‘Done in 1’ competition. Tenants are entered into the competition when they let team CTS into their home to service their boiler on the first visit. CTS operative Dominic and Clanmil team member Debbie presented Barbara with her £50 voucher.

competition winner Barbara with her prize
Team CTS operative Dominic & Clanmil team member Debbie pictured with competition winner Barbara.

Gas Safety Week is a great campaign reaching many people which helps to keep a gas safe nation. It is important to get your gas appliances checked annually by a Gas safe registered and qualified engineer.

Connect Transform Sustain is a Gas Registered Company with qualified engineers. You can find all our engineers on the Gas Safe Register.

Team CTS operative Andrew pictured with his Gas Safe card.
Team CTS operative Andrew pictured with his Gas Safe card.

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To read more about Gas Safety Week click here

Connect Transform Sustain have been awarded a new NIHE response maintenance contract in North Down and Ards area.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 the Housing Executive has implemented a number of interim response maintenance contracts.

Details of the new, short-term maintenance contract is as follows: Lot 3 – South Region: North Down – CTS Projects Ltd.

These interim contracts will take effect on September 1 and will initially run for a period of 12 months, with possible further extensions.

CTS CEO, Connaire McGreevy, is delighted to be awarded this contract stating “During a time of uncertainty we are happy to be awarded the contract and continue our partnership with the Housing Executive.

“We look forward to delivering repairs in the Ards and North Down area.

Business Development Director, Serena Hylands added that “from a business development perspective, we are delighted to sustain our long-lasting relationship with the Housing Executive.

“We are a company moving in the right direction as we continue to grow even through turbulent times.

“We look forward to carrying out the works to the 7,000 plus homes and we aim to exceed expectations by working passionately and relentlessly to create a better everyday life for both our clients and employees alike

Colm McQuillan, Director of Housing Services at the Housing Executive, said; “We congratulate our new partners and look forward to working with them to improve our homes and local areas from September.

“Before the onset of Covid-19, we were preparing to arrange procurement for new, long-term response maintenance contracts.

“However, as a consequence, due to current contracts expiring, we have implemented this interim arrangement.

“These interim contracts give us the flexibility to continue to review our position and provide continuity in this tenant orientated area.

For more information, visit nihe.gov.uk.

Connaire McGreevy CEO, Serena Hylands BDD, Existing Client

On Monday 06th July, CTS operative Stuart Gillespie returned to work after overcoming a serious case of COVID-19.

Team CTS welcomed Stuart back with a round of applause on his arrival to our HQ in Warrenpoint.

Stuart is a window technician supervisor here at CTS. He was struck down with the virus back in late March while furloughed.

Stuart shares his experience with us;

“On Monday, I returned to work after 14 weeks of furlough and my experience of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

“It was a great feeling of getting the work clothes on and getting back to work and seeing everyone, being made so welcome on my return.

“There were times in my hospital stay that I was very low, but I would like to thank everyone from CTS who sent messages of kindness to myself and my wife and three girls.

“We are a close team and my recent experience as bad as it was only bolsters that feeling, so it’s back to work with a new lease on life and a determination that we as a company will come out of this pandemic stronger and motivated.

“Thanks again to all for your support from myself and my family.”

We would like to thank Stuart for sharing his experience and we are thankful he has made a full recovery. Team CTS welcoming Stuart back below.

Team CTS welcome back Stuart Gillespie!

Team CTS operative Stuart Gillespie returns to work after overcoming COVID-19 👏🏻

Posted by Connect Transform Sustain – CTS on Monday, 6 July 2020

CTS NI operations are still restricted to emergency repairs indoors, vacant property upgrades, external maintenance and legislative compliance such as Gas Safety checks.

We can reassure you that we are taking extra precautions when working with tenants in their homes. Click here to read more on this.

As a company dedicated to keeping people healthy in their homes we continue to deliver a service for our clients and customers.

We work passionately and relentlessly to create a better everyday life for both our clients and employees alike.

With this in mind, we wanted to reach out and reassure you that in these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we are doing everything in our power to keep these vital frontline services operational.

We can reassure you that we are taking extra precautions when working with tenants in their homes. Safeguarding measures have been put in place with enhanced risk assessments and health and safety protocols. CTS operatives have been equipped with protective equipment along with following social distancing guidance, such as asking a customer to wait in the next room when work is being carried out.

Together we can achieve more. Please work with us during these difficult times and understand that repairs may take longer than usual.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Any more updates will be posted on our social channels.

Team CTS

CTS supports and recognises all the great work being carried out by women in Construction.

On March 8th, the world will turn its attention to women for International Women’s Day, celebrating the many success stories.

Women in Construction Week also takes place from 1-7 March. This is a holiday dedicated to changing the stereotypes that women face when it comes to careers by giving them new opportunities to look at; the construction industry has many places where women can advance and built a career for themselves.

We would like to share some of the success stories here at CTS. We have women involved in many different areas of the business, from Contract Manager to Apprentice Joiner.

Members of the CTS team pictured outside our HQ in Warrenpoint.

Contract Manager Karen Foye shares her success story at CTS.

“As someone who has worked my way up the ranks within CTS to a Senior Contract Manager position, I take great pride in working for such a fantastic company.

“The directors and team at CTS have been part of the journey and process for the past year and a half, allowing me to grow professionally and personally, while offering the support to juggle work and home life.

 CTS Contract Manager Karen Foye
CTS Contract Manager Karen Foye

“As a woman in the construction and maintenance industry with a very young family, it’s extremely hard to get a break into management, but with CTS they have allowed me to develop my skills and become a senior Contracts Manager.

“With a family-oriented theme throughout the company they understand and support the struggles of daily life, and I whole heartedly appreciate every opportunity presented to me here with CTS.

“At CTS there is no gender divide and no opportunity lost, only support and dedication from everyone in the team.

This is one of many CTS success stories.

CTS Apprentice Joiner Shannon O’Doherty recently completed Fire Door Training at New World Developments. Shannon was the first woman to do the course.

CTS apprentice joiner Shannon O’Doherty pictured after completing Fire Door Training.

To read more about Shannon’s CTS journey click here.

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

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