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We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Plant Operative

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EGFSN Report (July 2014) cites a shortage of Plant and Machine Operatives in niche areas.

The National Skills Bulletin 2015 reports a continuing shortage of operatives skilled in CNC - Computer Numeric Control.

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Plant & Machine Operatives

Also included in this category:

Paper and wood machine operatives; coal mine operatives; quarry workers and related operatives; engery plant operatives; metal working machine operatives; water and sewerage plant operatives; printing machine assistants; plant and machine operatives not elsewhere classified

Number Employed:

8,100

Part time workers: 7%
Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 84 / 16%
Non-Nationals: 20%
With Third Level: 12%
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Prepares building sites by excavating, moving, placing and shaping soil or other materials.


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