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KTL life assurance employee benefit  

KTL has a Group Life Assurance scheme for all employees with Aston LarkInsurance. The scheme provides a benefit of 2X your annual salary and is in place while you are an employee from the age of 16 until you reach the age of 65.  

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In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

We spoke to Dylan Healy a KTL Apprentice Telecommunications Engineer. This is what he had to say about his role. “I have learned a lot of new skills while on my apprenticeship at KTL including personal and professional skills some of which include communication skills, time management, logistics and stock management. I am learning new skills every day, which I thoroughly enjoy. I hope to develop my career with KTL and look forward to becoming a skilled member of the KTL team”. 

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KTL critical illness cover employee benefit.

KTL has a Group Critical Illness scheme for all employees with Aston LarkInsurance. The scheme provides a benefit of 75% of your salary, payable in the event that you are diagnosed with one of a list of specified critical illness conditions such as cancer, stroke or heart attack.
Employees must have 1 year of service and you qualify for this benefit from the age of 16, until you reach age 65. Dependent children aged between six months and 18 years are also automatically covered for a list of specific critical illness conditions, at 25% of your benefit, to a maximum of £20,000 each.

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Ciaran McDermott is a KTL Senior Project Manager in Ireland.

“I enjoy the challenge of delivering for the customer and the good relationships built with the project teams”.

Check out Ciaran’s employee story here: http://ow.ly/ORjj50FrxFt

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KTL are hiring a Senior Quantity Surveyor.

The Sr Quantity Surveyor will work within the Project Team completing build tenders and management of project costs. This is a remote position with meetings on site/Naas required occasionally. You will be reporting to the project director of the Ireland power division.

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Sinead Larkin is KTL HR Manager covering both Ireland and the UK.

“Over the last 8 years, the company has introduced a lot of additional staff benefits which I am really proud of. Benefits such as additional leave per length of service, top ups for family leave, the employee assistance program and the digital gym to name just a few.”

Check out Sinead’s employee story here: http://ow.ly/Pk9n50Fazh1

To find out more about working for KTL, visit https://www.ktl.ie/careers

We spoke with NELSON COELHO a supervisor with the KTL Group about his role at KTL and how he celebrates Day of Portugal on the 10 June 2021. This is the National Day of Portugal – it is a public holiday and celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world. 

“I work with an excellent team that has a fantastic team spirit”.

We talked to project manager 
Nikola Solomun about what it is like to work for KTL.
Read the full story                                   here: 

"I like to think of KTL as my extended family”

We talked to 
Dragos Dumitrescu about his background and how he came to work for KTL.

André Bekker is a KTL SHEQ Advisor for a telecommunications client in the UK.

As a SHEQ Advisor, Andre supports telecommunications managers to problem solve, and make informed decisions on health, safety and wellbeing matters.

Andre shared a comment with us, “I enjoy the hands-on part of my role; site visits, getting to meet people, having discussions regarding safety through toolbox talks, and being someone the guys on the ground can feel comfortable in contacting when/if an issue regarding safety arises. At the end of the day, I am employed to protect the business and that includes the most important asset, employees.”

Read more on KTL SHEQ here: ktl.ie/sheq

KTL are delighted to have achieved FTA Ireland VanSafe Standard. The audit highlighted KTL’s excellent systems to manage and monitor transport                   operations ensuring they are legally         compliant.

Brian Markey, Administration Services Manager, FTAIreland said,                         “Congratulations to you [Donal Gray] and the team for retaining the Standard this year – it is a magnificent achievement as we know the time and effort required to prepare for and reach it.”

Sinead Monaghan is a Health and Safety Manager for KTL Power.

Responsible for managing and maintaining a positive safety culture in the Power unit of the organisation, Sinead implements best practice solutions to ensure the organisation is meeting its legal and client obligations in terms of safety standards.  

“The main goal is to make sure all employees go home safe and sound at the end of the working day. I like to hear what people are concerned about and try to implement solutions that will make their task that bit easier and all round safer.” 

At KTL, we avidly promote diversity and inclusivity and today, on Lithuania’s National Day we caught up with Vilius to learn about his role at KTL and the importance of State Restoration Day.

(LtoR) – Robertas, Vilius, Gintaras
 

Our very successful KTL Let’s Get Moving Steps Challenge has ended. And what a challenge it was. The numbers reached by all teams were exceptional and given current restrictions it seems participants are sure to have seen every walk and run-worthy path in their locality! A massive congratulations to all involved.

We’re in the final week of the KTL Let’s Get Moving Steps Challenge with just three days to go…

New prize categories have been added, check out the video to find out more!

There has been some impressive results and inspiring participation for this challenge across the company – well done to everyone involved.

The KTL Let’s Get Moving Steps Challenge has had another successful week with some great team and individual results.

Check out this short video showing the top 3 individuals and top 3 teams with the most steps this week.

KTL are focusing on a health topic each month in 2021.

This month is on healthy eating.

Today we lead very busy lives, juggling work, family and our eating habits can suffer as a result.

Check out this short video on 5 top tips to keep in mind for healthy eating this January.

All KTL staff have free access to employee assistance programs which can be accessed here:
(UK) – https://lnkd.in/eQ7EAZ4
(IRE) - www.layaeap.ie

This month’s winning photo was taken by Bogdan Bularca - he took it shortly after arriving on site with the KTL crew who were working on the transmission link from the top of Mount Gabriel to the Sherkin Island.

This photo captures the beautiful golden hues radiating from the early morning sun rising over the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin, which are located off the coast of county Cork.

Cerisa Bond GradIOSH Bond is a Health & Safety Advisor at KTL in the UK.

Cerisa’s position involves the reading and reviewing of risk assessments, auditing of construction phase plans and RAMS.

“I like when people come to me for answers and help, and I enjoy looking into issues and trying to come up with a workable solution.”

Read more on KTL’s SHEQ page here: ktl.ie/sheq

Anthony Heys Tech IOSH has been with KTL for nearing on 12-months after a successful military career in the Royal Navy, he has transitioned into the role of SHEQ Advisor on Vodafone/EE Projects based in KTL’s UK office in Manchester.

Anthony is responsible for supporting the delivery managers to make informed decisions with regards to health and safety. An important aspect of the role is developing a safety culture on site and with the management structure, communicating with operatives and managers alike resulting in positive H&S attitudes and performance. As a SHEQ advisor Anthony is also involved in the onboarding of contractors and checks to ensure business protection, as well as the internal auditing of documentation, procedures and policies.

Anthony being part of the VF team has been instrumental in supporting the project with outstanding performance, which has seen KTL receive the ‘Positive Safety Award’ from Vodafone in November 2020.

“I enjoy the opportunity the role provides me for communication with people from all walks of life, being positioned to affect change and assist in the development and creation of safe working practices.”

A little over two weeks into the UK’s national lockdown from March 2020, KTL were approached by Vodafone to deliver an urgent connection in Coventry. This would be KTL’s first ‘BAU’ job for Vodafone under the Civils & Cable Fibre Services framework contract.

The urgent works were to undertake civils construction works, cable installation, splicing & testing in Coventry City Centre.
The works completed by KTL would enable a 5G standalone trial for Coventry University.

KTL’s team overcame difficulties with last minute design changes, restricted access, materials, supplies & workforce during lockdown.

Whilst ensuring full compliance to the lockdown restrictions and most importantly the health & safety of KTL’s workforce, the team pulled together and successfully completed the works to enable the 5G trial to go ahead.

Brendan McCauley MCIOB, General Manager (Utilities) received the following positive feedback for the team and the work done.

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KTL are delighted to announce that from the 1st of July our employees can now benefit from the UK Cycle to Work Scheme.

We have teamed up with Cycle Solutions - the Cycle to Work Scheme to encourage KTL employees to cycle to work, which can lead to the following benefits:
- Reduce your carbon footprint by up to 600kg per year
- Cycle together with friends and colleagues as part of a healthy routine
- Get fit and active

For more on KTL benefits visit: https://www.ktl.ie/careers

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Today marks the anniversary of the stonewall riots and where millions from around the world traditionally celebrate Pride Day 2021. 

Whether your celebrations are taking place virtually or on the streets in the form of a colourful carnival, we wish everyone a happy and enjoyable Pride Day 2021. 

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Paul Korzeniewski was recently promoted to KTL Project Director – many congratulations!

Paul’s promotion comes after joining the KTL group a few short months ago in late 2020, which is impressive.

Read Paul’s 

story: http://ow.ly/1uLm50FgxY3

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****25 days annual leave ****

Quality time with family and loved ones has been proven to make people more effective and efficient in performing their work duties. 

KTL are delighted to announce we are extending annual leave for all employees to 25 days per annum, for all our other great benefits please visit here:  http://ow.ly/pSyQ50FbuYw 

“I enjoy working with a multicultural team, which has allowed me to learn so much about different cultures and have some fun while getting the job done”. 

Salomon Perez, Senior Project Manager at KTL shared his story with us.

To find out more about KTL services, visit http://ow.ly/rsnD50F0XZN
To find out more about working for KTL, visit http://ow.ly/Womb50F0XZL

April’s site photo competition winner was submitted by Tomasz MyszakCommissioner, Rigger at KTL.
The photo captures the lighthouse at Arranmore Island, located off the west coast of Donegal. 

KTL originally carried out work on the island’s connectivity hub a couple of years back. Our crews were back recently running further connections for an upcoming event being streamed live from the island. 

The runner up photos were particularly impressive this month, check out the video.

SHEQ management is forefront and foremost important in every contract we undertake. 

Well done to all the team working with 
Three Ireland. There were three health and safety site audits conducted in April ‘21, and they all achieved 100% - a marvellous accomplishment for all crews involved.

Pat Dunne, Three Ireland said “The safety audits had no issues. Score 100% - well done to all”.

The photo is from one of the sites that achieved a 100% health and safety result in Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

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KTL are hiring an Environmental Lead 

The Environmental Lead will be responsible for ensuring organisational compliance with environmental obligations and will assist project planning to ensure no harm is caused to the environment. Qualifications in Environmental and ISO Management are required.

For more information on the requirements and responsibilities for the role visit:
https://lnkd.in/ecKvxJF

Please email your CV to careers@ktl.ie  

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Adnan Hanif is a Senior Project Consultant for KTL UK.

“Some of my favourite things to do are to improve processes, implement new strategies, mentor the team and create efficiencies.”

What are your current responsibilities? I am responsible for the leadership of a project team to deliver MBNL T&A Build program on time, within budget, safely and to the quality standards in line with the client’s requirements and agreed contractual SLA/KPI’s. 

Could you share some achievements in the role? For the MBNL T&A Build project for 2021, over 70% of our sites are Right First Time/Almost-Right First Time and we also have over 80% delivery success rate this year. These achievements have been well praised in terms of quality, delivery, and financial efficiency. Credit goes to the whole team. 

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and interests? I am a tech lover at heart. I enjoy a game of badminton, snooker and sometimes golf and I am also fond of visiting new places. 

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KTL have completed the last 5G site for EE in Norwich

The full site upgrade included new steel work, new antennas, new RRU’s, new fibre and feeder run, new BTS, power works and site integration. The site was issued a priority one status due to it being the last site in the portfolio in the Norwich area to get full 5G coverage.

KTL managed the project from instruction through build and integration of the site. Strong team work from all involved was needed on this difficult site due to bad weather conditions and limited design information from the start.

“Massive well done to the KTL team for getting the Norwich priority one site over the line – KTL worked hard to keep it to plan despite the challenges. We really needed this site to hit the towns and cities target! Thanks again”, Eddie Korzeniewski, Network Delivery, EE

Well done to all the KTL team involved which included Kevin Leahy (DM), Mihai FlorescuMuica Adrian FlorinAndrew Rose-McGuckin, Steven Frisbee, Thomas McDonald, VYTAUTAS PETKEVICIUS, Martynas Petkevicius, Domas GalbuogisAntanas Strioga, Modestas Kavaliauskas, Mindaugas Stankevicius. Well done also to Attridge Scaffolding for dealing with a difficult and changing job.

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As this June is Pride month, it is important to outline our ethos at KTL, which is to always stand up for others, even if you don’t belong to that community yourself.

KTL are a proud ally to the LGBTQ+ community and we would like to make our community aware that you can now add pronouns to your LinkedIn profile.
This can be done by editing your personal profile and choosing from he/him, she/her, they/them or indeed by customising your pronouns to whichever you would like to identify as.

At the beginning of 2019, Donal Gray Plant Manager for KTL, took the first step of his quitting smoking journey. 

Thanks to the Alan Carr programme offered to staff at KTL, Donal smoked his last cigarette more than two years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Read Donal’s full interview here: http://ow.ly/rddZ50EYYVO

This month’s winning photo was taken by Bogdan Bularca, Field Engineer at KTL. 

Bogdan took this photo while working on a link upgrade at Abbeyknockmoy, County Galway. 

Check out this video collage showcasing the winning photo and also the runners-up photos.

March 25th is the national day for Greece. 

We spoke to KTL Senior Project Manager 
Ioannis Arvanitakis, BEng MSc MIET about his role at KTL and what the day means to him as a proud Greek national.

James O'Connor is a SHEQ Advisor for KTL Power in Ireland.

James’ role involves travelling to site to conduct site safety audits, discussing safety briefings with site operatives, and engaging with operatives to continuously improve KTL’s fantastic safety               performance. The completion of Health and Safety plans and weekly reporting to senior management are also key components of James’ role as a SHEQ Advisor.

“Before joining KTL, I never had the opportunity to travel around Ireland. Fast-forward one year and five months and I’ve travelled to eight different counties that I’d never thought of visiting.”​ ​

Aurelia Dragulean was a top performer throughout KTL’s Let’s Get Moving Steps Challenge.

The challenge which ended on February 7th clocked up some impressive results.

Today, just 30% of researchers worldwide are women, and only 35% of all students enrolled in STEM related fields of study are women.

Recent studies have found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research, and do not progress as far as men in their careers. Girls are often made to believe they are not smart enough for STEM, or that boys and men have natural affinity for the field.

Today, we’re celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science and calling on everyone to smash stereotypes, defy gender biases and defeat discrimination that hold women and girls back in STEM fields.

KTL Selects Alcumus SafeContractor to Streamline Contractor Management

Alcumus will assist KTL in reducing risk and improve Health and Safety standards for our supply and partner base by providing support during and beyond the Safe Contractor accreditation process.

Meet Paddy Brogan, this month’s featured employee.
Paddy is the KTL Operations Director for Telecoms Ireland and Power.

“KTL has certainly grown and diversified, but it has managed to hold on to the core values it was founded upon", says Paddy.

Read Paddy's full story: https://lnkd.in/eBYF5Bg

The KTL Let's Get Moving Steps Challenge running from the 11 January - 07 February is off to a flying start!

We've had brilliant interest from staff across the business to get outside, keep fit and stay well. The competition for the Fitbit Charge 4 is also an incentive to get the steps in!

Please be aware that Storm Christoph is incoming so do not put yourselves at risk for the challenge.

Check the weather before leaving home and ensure your footwear and clothing are appropriate for the conditions.

COVID-19 Dejavu – we have come back after a nice break to an escalated COVID-19 situation across the UK and Ireland.

 

KTL have been proactive about

implementing further steps to ensure the safety of our staff and delivery of projects for our customers – watch this short video to find out what we have done.

KTL have developed a junior workbook packed full of fun activities to keep little one’s entertained and learning during this current lockdown. 

Download via link: 

https://lnkd.in/edTkuh9

SAM SHEQ stickers have been developed for WhatsApp, download them today 

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This month with a strong focus on exercise, KTL have purchased Laya Healthcare’s Digital Gym for our staff to give them access to expert gym content from the comfort of their own home.

The platform features a comprehensive selection of live and on demand fitness classes, delivered by coaches with expertise extending across multiple sports and exercises.

There’s a class for every fitness and wellbeing fanatic including Yoga, Quick-Hit & Abs, Mindfulness and more.

Laya Healthcare, KTL’s employee assistance programme for Ireland have shared eight simple resolutions that could help you to become healthier and stay healthy in 2021.

All KTL staff have free access to employee assistance programs which can be accessed here:
(UK) – https://lnkd.in/eQ7EAZ4
(IRE) - www.layaeap.ie

KTL are delighted to announce that we are now members of the USAG Safe Dig Charter. Our membership demonstrates our continued commitment to safe excavation - following the fundamental rules of safety and damage prevention when carrying out works on or near utility infrastructure.

To find out more about USAG go to: https://lnkd.in/dGaT9RT