When you’ve just started a new job and the global pandemic heavily impacts your industry sectors and your ability to meet your new colleagues, it takes a great deal of perseverance to tackle the first 6 months on the job.
Steven Garland is NRL’s Divisional Manager, who joined the business as it first set-up operations on Irish soil. Six months on as the country starts to come back to life as Government mandated restrictions begin to be lifted, he takes a look at what’s in store next.
Getting back on track with accessible housing
One of the toughest blows to the Ireland construction industry, was the additional delay in constructing new housing.
It’s a well-known fact that the housing crisis across the country is at breaking point – there simply aren’t enough houses for people to buy, leaving people stuck with nowhere to move.
That’s why many welcomed the Government initiatives planned to grant planning permission for thousands of new homes, up and down the country.
As restrictions begin to lift, organisations have been working hard to ensure they have safety measures in place to keep their construction workers safe.
The challenge still remains though, to employ enough people to fill these in demand jobs - which is helping ensure the team and I are kept very busy with recruitment.
Putting down firm roots in Ireland
Once the country begins to move again, we’ll also be on the lookout for a new operational base to call our own – so I can bid farewell to working and living inside the same four walls of my home.
We’d previously started to look for the ideal location, where we can connect with our clients and candidates whilst ensuring we have the space to grow our team. It’ll be great to finally secure a new office location and get to work branding it, to let everyone know that NRL is here to stay in Ireland.
Returning back to face-to-face events
We recruiters like to do things in person – knowing the importance of getting to know what our clients needs and how their businesses operate. That’s why I’m particularly looking forward to when it’s safe to return to face-to-face events and networking opportunities, and we’ve exciting plans in the pipeline once we’re able to do so.
When organisations come together in trade organisations or industry initiatives it can help drive collaboration and innovation, which helps everyone to grow and develop their businesses. I’m keen to get out there and see people again.
Strengthening our candidate database
Now that we’re starting to see projects restarting, we’re always interested in hearing from people who want to work in Ireland.
As well as recruitment, we’re also able to support our clients and candidates with mobilisation support to help them relocate, so if anyone is interested to see how their housing and commercial construction skills could be put to good use on projects in Ireland then get in touch with me.
Missed part one? Starting a business during a pandemic
Missed part two? Recruiting from the kitchen table