One of the UK’s most successful tunnellers and Donegal man Josie Gallagher is coming back to Ireland to lead a recruitment drive in the local area.
Joseph Gallagher, founder and chairman of the largest tunnelling subcontractor in the UK will be visiting Letterkenny on the 26th and 27th September to spearhead the recruitment open days. Born on Arranmore Island, Josie has strong ties to the local community and is passionate about giving back and creating opportunities for people in his home county.
“We have a number of big opportunities across the UK, especially in Scotland, we’re winning lots of contracts and need good hardworking people to support these projects and be part of our overall success.” Says Josie.
Josie began his career in civil engineering at 17 as a Banksman in Scotland and moved to London in 1965 working as a tunnel miner on the Victoria Line, establishing Joseph Gallagher Limited in 1982.
The company was founded on a strong work ethic, fair play and honesty and today at 72, Josie has touched the careers of many in the industry and is still going strong. Earlier this year The British Tunnelling Society recognised his life’s work by awarding him the James Clark Medal and the September issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling sees Josie featured on the front cover in an interview, about his career.
The ability to inspire and lead people, to deliver work fairly and honestly while commanding and giving respect are the attributes The British Tunnelling Society recognised in Joseph Gallagher when awarding him the James Clarke Medal. The committee felt that not only were they acknowledging the enormous contribution that Gallagher has made to the tunnelling business but also providing a token of the contribution that people of the west coast of Ireland have made.
Joseph Gallagher’s are a global employer and proud of their diverse workforce of over 1,000 operatives from Letterkenny to Lithuania and everywhere in between, but they are equally proud of their safety culture.
“The safety of our employees is paramount. We have adopted a health and safety behavioural culture within the group known as LIFE, an acronym for Living Incident Free Everyday. “
“It’s a way of working that ensures our primary goal; that our people to go home safely everyday.”
Providing opportunities for people to work is important, but supporting their ongoing wellbeing is essential. As such, Joseph Gallagher provides an Employee Assistance Programme, offering support on a range of issues from mental health to money matters. The scheme is free and available 24/7/365 giving access to over 1200 trained councillors and is available in 16 languages.
“Workplace safety is important, but we also know people perform better when they are healthy, motivated and focused.” Said Josie
If you are qualified, have relevant cards and available to work in the UK, why not visit the Radisson Blu in Letterkenny on the 26th and 27th September for an open interview. For full details visit the Joseph Gallagher Careers Section