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We asked Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Apprentice Electrician

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The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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A Graduate's Life Changing Experience

Staff from MI recently caught up with a graduate of the Tourism and Teleservices programmes from the early years – Martin Davis, who is currently Manager of the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. Martin outlines his career path below:

When I turned 40, I decided I wanted to turn my life around. I was stuck in a boring job with no prospects. I had left school at 15 with no qualifications, so I was delighted to be accepted to do a Travel and Tourism course at MIFET. The course include computer studies, communications, language and more. We did work placements and various projects/assignments.

Overall, it was a very positive experience for me. In September 1997, I then went on to do another course in International Teleservices at the college, studying German with Business, which included a 17 week work placement abroad.

I worked in a hotel in the Black Forest area of Germany. This was so successful that they offered me a permanent position when the course was finished and I was employed there for 10 years, until it closed. I later returned to Monaghan and worked at Castle Leslie, and then moved on to the Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh, where I became Duty Manager, and had the privilege of meeting the Heads of State of a number of counties during the G8 summit in 2013.

I have also worked with Neven Maguire. At present I am employed as Manager of The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. I feel that my varied career in the Hospitality/Tourism industry is all thanks to the training and confidence I acquired during my time at MIFET (Monaghan Institute).

For further information on the Tourism/Business courses on offer at Monaghan Institute visit our website @ www.monaghaninstitute.ie or telephone the college on 047-84900.


Article by: Monaghan Institute