Posted on Tuesday 20 October 2009 by Ulster Business
This recognition event was the first in Mivan's recent history and an opportunity to formally acknowledge the achievements of various individuals and departments that have made a significant contribution to the company's performance. Over 80 people attended and representatives from Mivan were joined by senior personnel from Institute of Learning & Management, Invest Northern Ireland, Construction Employers Federation and the University of Ulster. Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive of Invest NI who delivered a keynote speech on the evening said, "Mivan has built an internationally renowned reputation for excellent customer service and the high quality of its workmanship. This is testament to the commitment of the company's staff and would not have been possible without the management's willingness to invest in training and development." The spotlight of the evening fell on Mivan's Apprenticeship Joinery Programme and the Institute of Learning & Management's (ILM) Graduate Training Programme both of which were recently commended at the Construction News Quality Awards 2009 in London. Both schemes represent the culmination of Mivan's three-year Learning & Development Strategy that was created in 2007. Mivan now conducts all of its apprenticeship training in-house in partnership with Springvale Training Ltd. No other construction company's programmes in Northern Ireland are structured in this fashion enabling Mivan to fast-track individuals through the programme where appropriate. Daniel Starrett won the Apprentice of the Year category with the Most Improved Apprentice Award going to David Fleck, both just starting their 2nd year of apprenticeship.