Local secondary school students awarded first construction qualification

Transition year and senior cycle students from Coláiste Chiaráin recently completed their Safe Pass training with the Construction Industry Federation and SOLAS. They were pictured recently receiving their first professional qualification after successfully undertaking the training course.

Safe Pass is the national mandatory safety training for the construction industry and students from Coláiste Chiaráin undertook the training as part of their curriculum for this year.

Dermot Carey, Director, Safety & Training at CIF congratulated the students and expressed his gratitude to staff at the school. “Congratulations to the Coláiste Chiaráin students on completing their Safe Pass training. Mr Hurley and the school must be commended for giving their students every opportunity to develop their skills and their career options.”

Speaking about the training Darragh Hurley, a teacher at Coláiste Chiaráin explained why the training is so beneficial for students “Safe Pass training is ideal as it will allow the Transition Year students and LCA students on site to do their work experience”.

Students from across Westmeath and across Ireland are undertaking Safe Pass training with Construction Industry Federation as part of Transition Year, Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied courses in schools this year. The initiative is part of the CIF’s Careers Campaign to support students interested in a career in the construction industry.

“Safe Pass is a key qualification we all have in the construction sector. From architects, site managers to work experience labourers, Donegal to Dingle, everyone working in the sector starts with a SafePass. I hope this qualification is the first of many for the students at Coláiste Chiaráin and leads some to a rewarding career in our industry,” said Dermot Carey, Construction Industry Federation.