Engineers Take Part in Company Relay Marathon Challenge
Running is not something engineers do regularly when at work. On Friday 29th September, however, engineers and other staff from SL Controls put on their running gear for the Limerick Sports Partnership Company Relay Marathon Challenge 2017.
The event is a relay, with each team member running multiple 200-metre stints to cover a full marathon distance in relay style.
It wasn’t easy and the competition from other companies in the Limerick area was tough, but the SL Controls’ team got to the finish with a respectable time.
National Fitness Day
The Company Relay Marathon Challenge 2017 took place on National Fitness Day at the University of Limerick’s Sport Arena Athletics Track. We entered as part of our Live Well at SL programme.
It is a programme that promotes and encourages healthy living for all SL Controls’ employees and is designed to educate employees on national health campaigns and encourage exercise, healthy eating and work life balance.
“The health of everyone working at SL Controls is important to us,” said Fiona Beirne, HR Manager at SL Controls. “That’s why we started Live Well at SL and its why we take part in fun and healthy activities on a regular basis.
“The Company Marathon was on a different level – it was a full marathon distance!
“The team did fantastic, though, and there was great camaraderie with everyone involved. There were maybe some tired legs afterward, but we can’t wait until the next one.”
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National Fitness Day 2017
Today is National Fitness Day 2017. This is our day to get up, get out and get active! This year, at SL Controls, as part of our Live Well at SL programme, we are teaming up with local gyms and leisure centres throughout the country who are opening their doors to welcome us for free activities/classes today.
We also have a team participating in the Limerick Sports Partnership Company Relay Marathon Challenge at UL Outdoor Athletics Track.
Best of luck to the SL Controls team!
Sligo Business Awards
In the Sligo Champion this week you will find a full list of finalists for the Sligo Business Awards including this piece on SL Controls. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 06th October in the Sligo Park Hotel, tickets are available through the Sligo Champion.
SL Controls Hula Hoop Challenge
Here at SL Controls we love a challenge so we set our employees a Hula Hoop Challenge as part of our Live Well at SL campaign! The aim was to keep the hula hoop rotating on your hips for the longest time. The winner from each location was recorded for our internal communication tool Yammer so we had video evidence of the times! Similar to our Easter Egg and Spoon race it was great to get some exercise at work and it definitely got us laughing! Niall Martin from our Galway office was crowned the Hula Hoop Champion 2017. Niall smashed the other competitors with an impressive time of 17 seconds! It’s safe to say, some of us need more practice!
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SL Controls – Fostering New Engineering Talent at Showcase Events
SL Controls were delighted to be active participants in two exciting engineering events recently. The Limerick for Engineering and the IT Sligo Engineering Expo provided a unique platform to showcase engineering expertise and highlight the many existing and future opportunities available at all levels across multiple industries and engineering disciplines. The events were a fantastic opportunity for students, parents and teachers to see how the engineering world is evolving and for students to see the career opportunities awaiting them when they finish third level.
Limerick for Engineering and IT Sligo Engineering Expo also competently and accurately addressed the current and future skill shortages within the industry. Both Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland, and SL Controls have previously signalled the likelihood of a serious skills shortage of engineers in the future. At SL Controls, we have first-hand experience of how difficult it is in the current climate, to find graduates who have the range of skills that are necessary to work in the industry today. There is an urgent need to promote careers in engineering amongst students entering third-level courses. In recent years, the demand for engineering graduates has outstripped supply.
The primary goal of Limerick for Engineering Showcase is to increase the quality and quantity of engineering talent available in the region. It is an industry led initiative which started 2 years ago and has the support of the education and training providers in the region. Limerick for Engineering aims to attract engineers, apprentices and technicians to promote the huge diversity in engineering careers. It also helps students to identify the various paths to getting their careers started in engineering and which courses are relevant to the industry.
The IT Sligo Engineering Expo 2107 was bigger and better this year. As an interactive, information sharing event it represents a new and exciting collaboration between IT Sligo and Industry. As an active partner for the event, SL Controls were delighted to meet with second and third level students, who are interested in pursuing a career in software engineering and related disciplines. Throughout the day, students and public were enthralled by key note speakers on the main stage of the arena. Our very own Chief Technology Officer, Shane Loughlin, demonstrated his mastery of technology by dialling in to present all the way from Peurto Rico where he was onsite on a client assignment!!
The main focus of the IT Sligo Engineering Expo is for engineering students to gain knowledge of engineering companies and to network with engineering professionals. It is also a great chance for students to see the variety of engineering jobs available throughout many different industries in the Northwest. We at SL Controls are delighted to be aligned with IT Sligo in helping ensure that we receive highly trained graduates to join our continually growing multi-disciplinary engineering team.
Limerick for Engineering and IT Sligo Engineering Expo are free events and are organised in conjunction with and in close partnership with local engineering companies. SL Controls were pleased to attend both events and to continue our ethos of fostering new talent and encouraging innovative and highly skilled students to the industry.