Construction hard hats can be bought from any construction site and are the work of the future.
The first to wear them will be able to claim they are the future of the Irish construction industry.
“It’s not just about a hat.
It’s about the quality of the job,” says James O’Connor, from Construction Company Ireland.
“It’s about not just the hats, but the quality.”
The industry is booming and with good jobs it has the potential to grow again.
The boom has been driven by demand from overseas as well as from new businesses looking to exploit the boom.
“This is the first job for which we have an apprenticeship scheme,” says Jim O’Brien, from Irish Construction and Construction Engineering.
“We’re trying to recruit people who want to work in Ireland and that’s what the apprenticeship programme is all about.”
Construction hard hats are an important part of the employment picture, says Jim.
“If you’re looking for a good job in the construction industry you’re going to have to look at what’s available to you and if you can find something that fits the profile of what you need, then it will come in handy,” he says.
Jim says that as the construction boom continues it is important that apprenticeship schemes are in place so that people don’t have to settle for anything less.
“I think apprenticeship programs are great.
I’m proud to be an Irish-born guy but I would like to see more people getting into this,” he adds.”
We need more young people to get into this industry.
If we don’t do this then we will lose our jobs.”
There are around 2,000 construction apprentices in Ireland.
This includes 2,700 who are aged between 18 and 24, according to Jim.