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Neil Burns Gilbert-Ash

Neil Burns is employed by Gilbert Ash (GA).Having grew up on a farm Neil developed an interest and love of working outdoors. As a result, learning practical skills and working within the construction industry seemed a natural progression for a career path. After applying for an apprenticeship scheme through CEF Neil was successful on gaining a place with Gilbert-Ash NI Ltd.

In describing his job Neil said, “ Working within the Fitout Division of Gilbert-Ash, my daily duties cover a wide range of tasks from 1st Fix to 2nd Fix joinery work, shop fitting and maintenance works. Being part of a construction team also means that I work closely with other trades and my aim at all times is to produce high quality work to satisfy the needs of the Client. I find completing work in a live building (during client’s business hours) is particularly challenging!”

During his time at Gilbert-Ash Neil has encountered a wide range of tasks and had the opportunity to travel extensively which has helped develop skills levels and experience.

As a registered employer with CITB NI, GA are focused on training and skills development of their staff to help improve business performance. Neil has trained alongside experienced tradesmen and is currently developing management skills through CIOB training in Site Supervisory Studies.