We are so excited to announce that CJK has been awarded the Access to Apprentice Digital Badge by Technological University Dublin. . This is in recognition of our huge contribution and support for the programme, its students and its diversity and inclusion mission!
We have been involved since 2018 and currently have two apprentices who successfully secured a craft apprenticeship through it.
We will display this badge with pride and look forward to welcoming more apprentices from this programme in the future.
1. What made you want to work in Construction? After getting my degree, I realised I didn’t want to have a career where I was stuck behind a desk all day, every day. I felt I needed to be in an environment where it didn’t feel like groundhog day and there was something new to be done or seen on a daily basis.
2. Why did you become an Electrician? It’s something I’ve always had an interest in, doing technology and engineering in school I realised I had a knack for it.
3. Why did you choose CJK? Before I started applying for apprenticeships, I did some research and CJK seemed to be the best place for opportunities as well as equality.
4. What is your proudest achievement in CJK? Getting registered with SOLAS and receiving my full set of new tools.
5. What obstacles do you feel you have come up against as a women in construction? So far, I thankfully haven’t come across any obstacles. I don’t feel like I am treated any different to any of the other apprentices in CJK.
6. In your opinion, why is it important that more women work in construction? I feel like a lot of women still feel anxious about being part of an industry that is so male dominated. I believe that if you’re passionate about working in the construction industry nothing should stop you from doing it, regardless of your age or gender. We need more women in construction to diversify the industry and to bring about a change in its perception and culture.
Lucyna Sibiga Interview – International Woman’s Day
1. What made you want to work in construction? I have always wanted a job where I can earn a good living and get a great sense of fulfillment at the end of the day. I feel construction is the perfect place for this. Working in construction through my apprenticeship with CJK, I see it as a great opportunity to gain so many useful and practical skills that also come in very handy in real life too!
2. Why did you decide to become an Electrician? I find the electrical trade to be the most interesting and challenging. The topic itself is so vast and evolving that I’ll never be bored! When I finish my apprenticeship with CJK and become an Electrician, there are a lot of different career paths I can take so I think it’s really worth it.
3. Why did you choose CJK? I found out about CJK through the recommendation of a good friend who worked there. When I started as an Accounts Assistant in 2019, I saw for myself how CJK stays true to their values. It truly is a happy working environment full of integrity which is not a common thing! When I decided I wanted to become an Electrician they took a great leap of faith in me and have supported me all the way.
4. What is your proudest achievement in CJK? I‘m really glad I’ve switched positions. It was a difficult and risky decision for me to decide to become an apprentice, but I feel it was the right one!
5. What obstacles do you feel you have to come up against as a woman in construction? Construction is a male dominated industry so being a woman on site can still be seen as a bit of an oddity by some. I think the process of integrating more women into the construction industry so that it’s the norm can be difficult at times. Thankfully, I feel like it’s an industry in transition, and it’s no longer just for men. Despite these barriers and with the support of CJK, I know that my ability to learn and do a good job on site is in no way higher or lesser just because I’m a girl.
6. In your opinion, why is it important that more women work in construction? I strongly believe that everyone has a different set of skills, interests, and potentials, regardless of their gender. If more women worked in construction, I feel it would change the perception of women in the industry and show that our career choice should not be dictated by our gender.
CJK are delighted to be involved in STEPS Engineers Week 2021. This week is about educating and inspiring the next generation of engineers and that’s exactly what we plan to do!
👷♂️ Our Electrical Engineer William O'Brien will be paying a digital visit to Ratoath College Transition Year Students where he will give them an insight into everything engineering! He will discuss what it’s like to work in CJK, what projects he’s worked on and help them identify if a career in engineering is for them.
It might be the hardest day he’s had in the office yet!
Our very own Paul Carberry is raising funds for Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harold's Cross, Blackrock & Wicklow.
🏃♂️ He will be running 4 miles, every 4 hours, for 48 hours (yes, you read that right!) starting this Friday, March 5th.
Proudly sponsored by CJK, Paul is doing this unbelievable feat of endurance for the following reasons:
"The reason I'm doing this is two fold. Firstly, I'm dong this to maintain a healthy marriage and mental health as due to my boredom during lockdown my poor wife has now become the subject of my “banter” instead of my friends in the pub!
Secondly, Our Lady's Hospice is very close to my heart. My grandad passed away in the hospice and my Nanny has availed of their services over the years (she's still going strong at 92!). My uncle, who I played golf with every weekend, sadly passed away last year, was supposed to go there after St. James for palliative care but unfortunately he passed away before he could make it."
If you would like to support Paul please click the link: https://bit.ly/2NS4coo. We wish him the best of luck!