Newsbites

welcome to the KTL newsbites

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.

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 #StaySafe

We would like to wish our staff, clients and partners a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year ahead for 2021.

KTL are delighted to announce receiving 100% on our Achilles audit. This is in addition to our ISO certification and Safe Contractor, all of which we had passed without error this year.

Finishing 100% on Achilles is an excellent achievement - well done to everyone involved.

Let’s Get Moving Steps Challenge 2021

WIN! A Fitbit Charge 4 for each member of the winning team and the individual with the most steps.

Sign up now!
Email your team’s name and participants to:
(UK) Anthony Heys, or
(IRE) James O’Connor

Deadline to submit: 6th January 2021

Please see more information here: https://lnkd.in/egyaA4W

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.

KTL SHEQ Director is extremely happy to report that the ISO audit has been complete with ZERO NCR’s and ZERO opportunities for improvement being identified by the 3rd party auditors.

The ISO lead auditor Bernie Duggan raised a positive observation with respect to KTL Acquisition and Design services, stating that ‘KTL Design Management is Faultless’.

𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗞𝗧𝗟’𝘀 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗤 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞.

As well as maintaining the training database, Claire’s role includes notifying the relevant managers when training is due to expire, booking and managing training and liaising with programme managers to ensure training is scheduled at suitable times and locations.

“𝘔𝘺 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵-𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵.”

𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑱𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒓 - 𝑲𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒎𝒚𝒕𝒉

Having graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from DKIT, Killian worked as a Jr. Design Engineer for a leading technology company.

The knowledge and skills acquired to-date will stand to him in his new position as a Jr. Acquisition Agent where he will assist the acquisition team in gaining access to sites for upgrade in the UK.

“𝘐’𝘮 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐’𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥.”

Outside of work Killian is an avid golfer and dart player who regularly listens to music and watches football in his spare time.

𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗹𝘆 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿

This month’s winning photo was taken by Mark Edwards during a beautiful early August morning in Oxford. Mark is an I&C Engineer for KTL and was working on a project to integrate technologies on site when he took this snap.

With COVID-19 effecting us all in some way, we like to think of this rainbow as being a sign of better times ahead 😊

On a monthly basis, we will be sharing photos from KTL sites sent to us by KTL employees, we hope you enjoy them!

Spotlight employee story: we spoke to Philip Hanna, Electrical Project Supervisor to find out what it is like to work at KTL.

“I feel my experience and knowledge in telecoms has grown immensely since I started here and I’m still keen to learn new things in an ever-changing industry.”

At KTL, we are helping protect our staff by covering the charge of the flu vaccine for all employees and contractors.


The flu vaccine is the best way to help protect us against getting the flu.
This year more than ever, it’s important for us all to stay safe and healthy as we face the winter with COVID-19.

Find out more about the flu vaccine by visiting the HSE website https://bit.ly/30fR27R

At KTL, our mission is to continue to grow a sustainable business in the telecommunications industry, utilities and electricity markets prioritising the health and safety of our employees, as well as delivering quality and innovative solutions for our clients.

The ethos for KTL from day one was that ‘no’ was not an option and that remains the case today as we aim to lead, not follow. We are already recognised as a reliable partner across the industry, and our goal is to maintain that reputation as we develop and show even more innovation.

Spotlight employee story: we spoke to Cristian Bogdan, Project Manager to find out what it is like to work at KTL.

At KTL, we are all about building and maintaining a great team. We know that it is the people at KTL who make the company consistently successful, and we do what we can to recognise and reward that.

The winner of our Christmas Jumper Day competition is Aurelia Dragulean.

You have won yourself a gift voucher for your fantastic photo.

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition.

Our client, Three, gave fantastic positive feedback to our senior project manager, Ioannis Arvanitakis. 

KTL are working closely with our client to deliver end to end services with acquisition, design and deployment of new telecommunications infrastructure throughout the UK.

KTL's design team received the following positive feedback for the team and the work done.

We could not have Santa Visit us in Naas this year, however we would like to wish all KTL families and their little ones a very magical, safe and Happy Christmas for 2020.

Check out the video of a special visitor from the North Pole at the KTL office over previous years.

For over 3 Years KTL have been delivering the Emergency Services Network (ESN) on behalf of EE. The project involves providing coverage to the Emergency Services in the most remote parts of the UK.

We are delighted to have been part of the huge drive for a significant project milestone at the end of October this year. Thank you to all on the team in KTL and EE for your support.

KTL would like to thank all employees for their hard work, dedication and commitment in 2020.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

To show our appreciation - a special hamper is making its way to you.

𝙀𝙢𝙢𝙖 𝙅𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙆𝙏𝙇 𝙎𝙃𝙀𝙌 𝘼𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙄𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙨

Emma Jane is responsible for all elements of health and safety for the Ireland Telecoms crews. The role regularly sees her attend client sites to conduct audits, ensuring compliance to company policies and procedures, and to offer best practice advice on any health and safety issues the crews and project managers may have. Liaising with clients is an important element of the role to ensure the health and safety aspects of ongoing projects are covered.

“𝘐 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺.”

Health and Safety is at the forefront of activities on all KTL projects and we constantly invest time and knowledge into maintaining and improving this.

We here at KTL are honoured to be Vodafone’s Positive Safety Award Winners 2020/21.

“𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘰𝘧 𝘒𝘛𝘓.

𝘒𝘛𝘓 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘝𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘧𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦, 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦.

𝘐’𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘝𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘧𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘛𝘓 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.

𝘐’𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘒𝘛𝘓 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬” – Duncan Mackintosh CMIOSH, SHEQ Director, KTL.

International Men's Day is an annual international event celebrated on the 19th of November.

It is an occasion to celebrate boys and men's achievements and contributions, in particular their contribution to nation, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare.

The 2020 theme is "Better Health for Men and Boys" with the aim to make practical improvements to the health and wellbeing of the male population.

Testicular and prostate cancer are the two most commonly diagnosed male cancers in Ireland and the UK and more awareness is needed for early detection and treatment, check out this short video for more information.

As part of our monthly site photo competition, we received a number of impressive entries. It was very difficult to pick a winning photo so we compiled a short video to showcase the five runner-up photos.

Here at KTL, we have achieved a full 12-months in the ‘Green’ on Vodafone projects.

𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟭𝟮 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵𝘀:
- Nearly 300 sites have been worked on.
- A third of works have been audited – Demonstrating proactive monitoring, with KTL exceeding internal KPI’s and auditing 25% of our this project works activities .
- Only 1x client NCR raised – From client site auditing during the course of 2020, KTL has had only 1x NCR raised from site activities, this was for documentation rather than any unsafe act being observed.
- Audit NCR rate is 11% measure on audits vs audits with NCR.

New Manchester Headquarters for KTL

KTL’s UK headquarters will be centralised in Manchester as the company bids to consolidate its operations and warehousing. Once we can get in that is… 😊

“It’s fantastic to be operational at last in our new UK Headquarters. Consolidating office and warehouse under one roof will improve our operational efficiencies as well as give us the opportunity to centralise key resources across multiple projects. We look forward to the next chapter and the years ahead in our new home", says Ciaran Murphy, Director of Operations UK, KTL

Where is your office? Good Question… – Like for many, 2020 has been an unprecedented year for KTL, with most of our staff now working from home across multiple locations including Ireland, UK, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, Pakistan, and India.

We have supported our staff with the required software, hardware and tools to work efficiently and effectively.

To keep our staff connected, there are regular competitions, tips on working from home and social video chats to catch up with colleagues.

In April 2020, KTL provided end-to-end project delivery and field services to Three Ireland to expand the capacity of the government networks interconnect to cope with the huge surge in usage because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

This project resulted in a new fully diverse interconnect between government networks and Three Ireland that doubled the overall capacity.

KTL’s Senior Project Manager Ioannis Arvanitakis, BEng MSc MIET received the following positive feedback for the team and the work done.

With almost two decades of experience ranging from RAN performance to technical/project management, deployment and 5G commercial launch, Adnan has blossomed within the telecoms industry.

In 2018 Adnan was a recipient of Huawei’s Star Award and has been classed as a key UK resource for years.

Adnan has recently assumed the role of Project Director for KTL’s MBNL Project.
Adnan is responsible for overall project delivery of a multi-million fast track mobile rollout as part of a network upgrade and 5G programme.

“I am extremely pleased to start my new journey with KTL, where I’ll be joining a team of fantastic, hardworking and result oriented people.”

A tech lover at heart, Adnan also enjoys a game of snooker and badminton, and is fond of visiting new places.

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken a keen interest in our page and followed us.

We are delighted to have reached 8,000 followers here on LinkedIn.

We currently have a number of open roles available on our website, go to https://www.ktl.ie/vacancies to find out more.

Please submit your CV to careers@ktl.ie

The KTL company values are our beliefs and principles that guide and drive our business forward. We aim to live by them every day, and they define what is important to us both internally and in the experience we deliver for our clients and partners on a daily basis.

Our highly skilled and experienced team have decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, utilities, and electricity markets with a proven track record of working with clients across Ireland and the UK. We aim to grow a sustainable business while being recognised as a reliable and trusted technical partner to our clients. In doing so, we continually prioritise the health and safety of our team.

The KTL vision is to be recognised as the most reliable partner in this industry. Our clients should be able to select us to deliver their objectives without hesitation, knowing that KTL will guarantee success. We want to continue to prove ourselves as the genuine leader in health and safety, environment, innovation, and quality.

KTL is a known leader in the telecommunications, power and utility sectors, having consistently delivered fast, effective and reliable engineering services for more than 20 years.

At KTL, we welcome talented people from a wide range of backgrounds who can help us in our mission to continue growing a sustainable business while being recognised as a reliable partner for our customers. In return, we offer the opportunity to be part of a thriving business with real purpose, great benefits, development opportunities and an inclusive culture.

At KTL we thrive on the results that we deliver for our clients. Our partnership with Vodafone has been extremely prosperous and continues to grow and evolve. It was fantastic to receive this feedback from @Vodafone’s Ker Anderson recently and to know that the feeling is mutual.

Spotlight employee story: We spoke to Mariana Meresciu, Commercial Manager to find out what it is like to work at KTL.

Recently the team completed a successful transition from OHSAS18001 to the International Standard of ISO 45001 in Occupational Health and Safety. This is a real achievement for the team as the transition was made all that more interesting and challenging due to the current global situation. This is an accomplishment of the entire KTL Team across the company as a result of the robust systems in place, well done to all.