The Belfast Transport Hub project has donated essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to 10 local apprentices at TREE Training Centre on the Donegall Road.
The Belfast Transport Hub will be a £175 million facility, one of the flagship projects in the NI Programme for Government.
The local apprentices, who all come from the Sandy Row, Donegall Road and Donegall Pass area of South Belfast, are completing their Level 1 Certificate in Exploring a Career in Construction, Level 2 Tiling and Level 2 Plastering course at TREE Training Centre. Each apprentice received full safety wear including steel toe cap boots, workshop trousers, safety gloves and goggles to enable them to meet the requirements of their course.
Duncan McAllister, Senior Programme Manager for the Belfast Transport Hub project said,
“We are delighted to be in a position to make this important donation to the apprentices at TREE Training Centre today.
“The purpose of the donation is to embed the compulsory requirement of PPE in construction and crafts apprentices so that they become accustomed to wearing PPE from their first day, and in doing so, ensuring they fully understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace. This safety wear will also ensure that the apprentices can complete their course and are work-ready whenever the right employment opportunities come along.
“The Belfast Transport Hub and Weavers Cross project is committed to building strong and lasting relationships with our surrounding communities and neighbourhoods. The construction and engineering of the Belfast Transport Hub and wider development at Weavers Cross will present many tangible benefits for local people, including employment, training and supplier opportunities.
“Through this engagement we hope to build on the good relationship that we are establishing with our neighbouring communities and we hope to see many local people involved in the construction of the Belfast Transport Hub and Weavers Cross project”.
Graham Bowden, TREE Training Centre said, “On behalf of the apprentices, I’d like to thank the Belfast Transport Hub project team for their generous and enthusiastic approach to getting involved in supporting our 2018 Apprentices at TREE Training Centre.
“This is a very kind donation of quality Personal Protective Equipment for all 10 of our apprentices. We also appreciate the time the project team took out of their busy schedules to come and meet our young men, see some of the work they have been doing and to give a brief talk on the importance of Health and Safety.
“We are extremely grateful to Translink and the Belfast Transport Hub for all their support and wish them every success with this important infrastructure project”.