Mallaghan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of airport ground support equipment, has been shortlisted for four prestigious accolades at the Made in Northern Ireland Awards.

In addition to being named a finalist in the ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship Training Scheme’, three of Mallaghan’s apprentices, Breandan McCann, Ethan Magowan, and Orla Donnelly, have been shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category.

Hosted by Insider Media, the distinguished awards celebrate manufacturing and engineering companies across Northern Ireland that are committed to excellence and quality.

Director Niall Mallaghan said:

“For almost 10 years now Mallaghan has been committed to offering invaluable opportunities through our Apprenticeship Programme, which consolidates in-house training, on the job experience, and education.

“We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship Training Scheme’ category, showcasing our commitment to helping the next generation of engineers build a solid foundation for their future careers.”

Mallaghan currently employs 25 apprentices at its Dungannon-based headquarters and has unveiled plans to create 30 new positions in response to sustained customer demand across its expansive product range, which has seen order values exceed pre-pandemic levels.

Niall added:

“On behalf of the entire Mallaghan team, I would also like to extend my congratulations to Breandan, Ethan, and Orla, who have each excelled in their apprenticeships and continue to grow in their respective positions.

“They are a perfect example of how an apprenticeship can provide a route to a career and we are thrilled that they have been recognised for all of their hard work.”

Orla Donnelly, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Design, commented:

“Mallaghan has exceeded my expectations of what an apprenticeship should entail, giving me the opportunity to explore each department and the role it plays in making the business a success.

“The entire programme has been extremely rewarding.”

Ethan Magowan said:

“During my apprenticeship at Mallaghan, I have been fortunate enough to develop many skills that will prove invaluable for my future career.

“Whilst I am based at the Headquarters in Dungannon, the experience of working with our global offices has been incredibly rewarding.”

From its manufacturing facilities in Northern Ireland and Atlanta, Georgia, Mallaghan products include Airport Buses, Fire Rescue Stairs, Catering Trucks, De-icers, Passenger Stairs and Maintenance Platform Lifts, Toilet/Water Trucks, Bendi Belts and Belt Loaders.

Mallaghan products are sold in more than 100 countries across the world with additional clients including Aer Lingus, British Airways, China Eastern Airlines, easyJet, Emirates, Menzies Aviation, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, SAS and Swissport.

Breandan McCann, a Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice, commented:

“Completing an apprenticeship with Mallaghan has proven to be the first step on the ladder to a career with an internationally renowned company, which I’m confident will provide me with countless opportunities.

“I’m very grateful for the time and resource that has been allocated to mentoring me and giving me the tools needed to succeed in the future.”

The Insider Media Made in Northern Ireland Awards will take place on 12th May at Titanic Belfast.