All posts by Paula McCloskey

Specialist Joinery Group shortlisted for SME Employer Award 2021

Specialist Joinery Group is delighted to be a finalist in the SME Employer category at the NI Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

In 2015 we founded the Specialist Academy which is a standalone facility comprising of manufacturing shop floor, computer aided design suite, canteen, offices and meeting spaces. In 2018 we then partnered up with Strabane Training Services and developed a bespoke programme, combining City and Guilds Syllabus.

The Academy has had a fantastic impact by promoting a culture of learning and collaboration, allowing us to train each individual up to meet our needs. Apprentices bring some youth and vitality to Specialist, bringing fresh insights and new ideas.

We believe that apprentices are the lifeblood of the company.

Specialist Joinery Group Awarded Third Party Certification

Specialist Joinery Group gained certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

At Specialist Joinery Group certification and third party recognition is important to us and we are delighted to have received our 3 new ISO certificates.

Attaining and receiving these universally recognised standards is an important achievement that demonstrates the professionalism with which we operate.

The ISO accreditations are standards developed by the International Standards Organisation that set out the requirements for a quality management system which helps businesses to be more efficient and, improve customer satisfaction, whilst being aware of their environmental impact and assessing their health and safety practices.

International Woman’s Day 2021

Monday 8th March was International Woman’s Day 2021. A day to celebrate the achievements of women and raise awareness about gender equality. At Specialist we ‘Choose to Challenge’ stereotypes and exclusion.

We have above industry standard number of females working with us in all areas including at board level, senior management, production team and onsite. We are proud to feature our inspiring Specialist Ladies who are recognised for their constant effort and commitment towards the success of Specialist and making it the best that it can be.

To thank the ladies for their valued contribution we celebrated with a luxury afternoon tea box.

Employee Appreciation Day

Friday 5th March was Employee Appreciation Day and here at Specialist our employees are our biggest asset. We appreciate everything that they do and without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.

As a way of thanking all of our amazing SJG employees for their hard work and positivity throughout one of the most challenging times we enjoyed a fantastic BBQ lunch and ice cream where our team could come and get food and take it back to their allocated eating areas.

National Apprenticeship Week at Specialist

The 8th-14th February was National Apprenticeship Week, we featured our Specialist Academy Apprentices on our social media channels to give others an insight to what an apprenticeship at Specialist Joinery Group entails and hear what our present apprentices have to say about their journey so far.

Specialist Joinery Group has been providing joinery apprenticeship programmes since 1988. This investment has created a unique culture of knowledge sharing and innovation, enabling the company to further promote its distinct brand of elite joinery.

We believe that apprenticeships are the future.

If you or someone you know would be suitable for our programme, visit here for more information – Specialist Academy Apprenticeship Scheme Now Open.

2020 – Our Year in Review

Despite the many challenges that we faced, 2020 was a big year at Specialist Joinery Group. We worked hard as a group, accomplished many things and remained positive.

We thank you all for being apart of our story, join us on our journey in 2021.

See a short video below on what we achieved in 2020.