Tandem has recently completed a successful ISO 9001 surveillance audit with EQA, achieved reaccreditation from Engineers Ireland for it Continuing Professional Development programme and also recognition of its Advance Graduate Programme.
The EQA surveillance audit took place over three days, covering all Tandem departments and office locations and both in-person and remote auditing were employed. Tandem is delighted to have passed the ISO 9001 audit with no non-conformances and no negative observations.
The CPD accreditation from Engineers Ireland reconfirms Tandem’s commitment to the development of its personnel and ensures the company remains to the forefront of new learning. The Engineers Ireland Accredited CPD Employer Standard has provided a framework for Tandem to deliver on its CPD strategy since out first accreditation in 2017.
Tandem is also delighted to announce it has achieved Engineers Ireland CPD Approval of it’s Advance Graduate Programme. Advance is a 2-year graduate programme that aims to give graduates an insight into all aspects of the business in a structured and measured manner, to ensure they obtain broad experience, on both a professional and personal level, in the crucial initial years of their career.
The CPD approval from Engineers Ireland is backed up by what our graduates say about the programme:
“Coming out of college, the support from managers, mentors and colleagues is great.”
“The programme is very interactive, I have support and comradery. I am well looked after with mentoring and everyone in my team is there to help.”
“My team are very experienced, and I feel supported in this early part of my career. It is a really good environment.”
Tandem’s CSR team and volunteers have been busy so far this year and participated in the Focus Ireland Big Busk, Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House.
The Focus Ireland Big Busk took place on 10th of March 2023. Nationwide, buskers, choirs, barbershop quartets and bands volunteered their time to entertain commuters and passers by as well as encouraging them to donate. Tandem’s volunteers joined in throughout the day to collect money at Kent Station Cork. We helped to raise €4,000 in Kent Station and over €346,000was raised nationally for the charity.
The 24th of March was Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Tandem held a cake sale over two days and raised €370.00 for the Irish Cancer Society.
On the 6th of May, Tandem staff participated in Darkness into Light, raising over €900.00 for Pieta House. In various locations nationwide, our colleagues got up at 3:30am to commence their walk shortly after, starting to walk before dawn and finishing up at sunrise.
Tandem’s charity partners for 2023 are Focus Ireland and L’Arche Ireland. We look forward to some volunteering opportunities with both these charities in the very near future.
Tandem was delighted to host eight students from five schools in Cork including two girls from Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, and six boys from Ashton, St. Francis College Rochestown, the Christian Brothers and Carrigaline Community School.
Tandem delivered a full programme of events for the week to engage the students with a variety of engineering disciplines. Disciplines included Process Engineering, Building Service Engineering, Civil / Structural Engineering, BIM, Electrical Engineering and Project Controls.
Presentations to the students included education and career paths to achieve a career in that discipline, definitions and explanations of that discipline and the type of work involved. The students were then given an engineering task related to what they had learned.
Each day students were asked to work on a presentation of what they had learned and what their experience had been, and at the end of the week the students delivered those presentations to Tandem staff.
Tandem is delighted with the feedback from the students and at the end of the week, all felt that they would now consider a career in engineering. A great result, and we will look forward to watching their careers unfold.
Last Saturday, 29th of October was World Stroke Day. To raise awareness, Tandem’s Thrive committee invited the Irish Heart Foundation to present at a lunch and learn. During the presentation we learned that stroke is the third largest cause of death in Ireland.
Many thanks to Aileen Mc Donnell Gillic, for delivering an insightful presentation that focused on how to reduce the risk of stroke, stroke recognition and how to act FAST.
Knowing the signs of stroke and how to act could significantly impact a person’s chances of survival and to what degree they can recover.
On Friday, 14th October, Tandem Project Management Ltd. took part in Focus Ireland’s #ShineALight fundraising campaign. Well done to all the participants and many thanks to our sponsors who helped us to reach our goal of raising €1,000 for the charity!
In April, Thrive undertook a Waterford Greenway cycle. There were 16 participants cycling from Dungarvan to Kilmacthomas and back, 44 km in total. The cycle took us through some amazing countryside. Coming out of Dungarvan over the causeway we had views of the bay towards Helvick Head. The next section was a steady incline that led to a viewing point over Clonea Beach and the start of the Copper Coast. Turning inland from there, we had some sheltered areas of track but mostly open countryside with views of the Comeragh Mountains to the north. We stopped in Kilmacthomas for a lengthy break and well-deserved refreshments in The Coach House. The cycle back was as pleasant as the outward journey and the day was a great success with participants suggesting that we make it an annual event.
Thrive had 9 participants on their guided Carrauntoohil hike in August. The hike commenced from Lisleibane and took over an hour to reach the base of the Devil’s Ladder. The route took in the Devils Ladder and once it was surmounted, there was a slow and steady climb to the summit. The weather was amazing, resulting in incredible views from the Beara to the Dingle peninsula. Kerry Climbing guided the walk and provided a safe route and a steady pace to ensure that we all made it to the top. It was a seven-hour hike from start to finish, every minute was worth it for the spectacular views that we encountered on the day.
Congratulations to Tandem’s Advance Graduate Programme participants who recently delivered their annual presentation to the Tandem senior leadership team.
Evan O’Donovan and Ciara O’Connor received their certificates of completion at the ceremony which took place at Blackrock Castle Observatory. Tim Mulhall, Managing Director, congratulated participants on their achievements to date and wished them continued success in their careers with Tandem Project Management. Tim spoke about how the programme supports each graduate’s continuous professional development and the achievement of their short and long-term career goals. Feedback from the senior leadership team also provided the graduates with a range of both professional and personal insights to support them in their career development.
The Advance Graduate Programme is just the beginning of each graduate’s journey and Tandem will continue to support their development, beyond the programme and throughout their career with Tandem.
Tandem has been awarded a Silver Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis.
EcoVadis is a global standard for rating in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). EcoVadis assesses corporate social responsibility indicators across four main themes: Environment, Labour and Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. This award places Tandem’s sustainability practices in the top 25% of companies accredited by EcoVadis worldwide.
Tandem is delighted with this recognition and works to maintain and continually improve its ESG practices.
Tandem has partnered with Focus Ireland for three years. As a charity, Focus Ireland aims to stem the tide of homelessness by stopping people from becoming homeless, and where possible, providing housing for those that need it.
On 29th and 30thof July, Team Tandem set to work undertaking a garden makeover on a Focus Ireland property in Cork. The remit for the project was to provide a low-maintenance, outdoor living space for the family to enjoy.
The work commenced with the removal of all of the grass area in both the front and back gardens. A raised flower bed was constructed from wooden railway sleepers to provide a seating area around an existing patio. Other work involved cleaning, painting walls, painting fences, hauling heavy wheelbarrows, weeding, planting, hedge clipping, spreading gravel and bark, installing a washing line, fixing a fence in place and when all was done, power-washing the pavements. The volunteers taking part really ‘dug’ deep to get everything completed within two days.
Focus Ireland have informed us that the family are thrilled with the results of the project.
Many thanks to Peter Dowdall (The Irish Gardener) for his support on this project and his expertise in designing the garden. Our thanks also to the Tandem volunteers for all of their hard work on the project.