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    • #710004
      RKQ
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      We had an excellent meeting last Thursday. It was a very relaxed and friendly meeting of 10 self employed individuals, in Portloaise. We travelled from a number of counties, from across the country, so we felt Portlaoise was the most central location. A lot of experiences and views were shared over three and a half hours. The debate was very enlightening and positive, as the IATGN was not on the agenda.
      We found two solutions to the AIB problem.

      I feel we have the experience, friendship and momentum to achieve our goals, for the good of our Profession.

      All Architectural Technicians need to get involved in getting their Profession recognised, in Ireland. We need to continue to work together to achieve progress.

      It is unfortunate that the IATGN web site went off line on Thursday night. It was a great forum for communicating to all members of the network. I believe there is nothing to fear from honest debate. We need to discuss the issues in an open and frank manner.

      We met as Professionals, with a wish to promote our Profession. We do not fear taking steps to regulate and improve our profession. We were eager to meet and discuss a number of issues, with like-minded people, in the hope of improving our profession.

      A number of us are employers. A number of us may be eligible for membership of RIAI yet a number of us would prefer to remain Architectural Technicians! We would be happy to see a Professional Oganisation in Ireland, that would represent our interests and promote our Profession. Sadly this organisation does not YET exist. We are eager to help in its formation and development. I do hope that we can have a positive and open debate on this board.

    • #800750
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      RKQ, I am glad to have found you on this forum. Have been utilising the IATGN forum for discussion and was disappointed that it seemed to have been pulled out of operation immediately after the meeting in Portlaoise. Maybe it was the frank questions that were being posed or maybe it was just coincidence? We will have to give the committee the benefit of the doubt that this was not done to stop the free expression of opinions. It is important to keep the momentum of the positive work to date and ensure that the self-employed technicians’ have a voice. Lets face it of all the technicians’ country wide, the Building Control Bill will directly affect the self-employed technicians, or those who may wish to be self-employed in the future. I urge anyone in this position to get involved, as the more of us that work together on this the better chance we have of protecting our future. To my knowledge the IATGN have decided not to take up this challenge, therefore people like RKQ need our support. If anyone on this forum is concerned about his or her future within the industry, please get involved even if it is by way of posting on this forum.

    • #800751
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi Seamus,
      I welcome your sentiments. I feel that it is important for all Architectural Technicians to take an active role in improving their Profession. We are a young Profession and we need to inform the public of our position within the Construction Industry. We need to promote our profession. We need to make contact with all the financial institutions, Government departments and the Law Society. We need to develop a national organisation that can represent us at all levels, in Ireland.
      We need to forge strong links with other Professional organisations representing Architects, Engineers, Surveyors etc.
      There are many changes on the way.
      We need to stand together and become Proactive, rather than reactive!
      I look forward to an honest and open debate about our future. I would welcome any positive ideas.

    • #800752
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I would hope that our Professional Body would provide everything that all other Professional bodies provide our construction industry peers.

      1. Recognition of Profession.
      2. Advice and backup to all members, on all aspects.
      3. In-house training courses.
      4. Regular CPD at local centres around the country.
      5. P.I insurance.
      6. Representation at Government level. Proactive in new laws / Regulations.
      7. Representation on Building Control Advising Body.
      8. Representation on College Course / inspecting body.
      9. Ability to discuss problems with Councils, Banks etc
      10. Everything its members want! Decided democratically.

      I’m sure the National Committee of IATGN is strong and active but the web site lets it down badly.

      As a member of the IATGN, I am eager to know how the IATGN is getting on.
      When, if ever, will their forums be up and running?
      The IATGN needs to actively communicate with its members.

      Open positive debate and active communication is the only way forward.

      I agree that people need to join one or all of the current groups, CIAT, RIAI Tech or IATGN.
      We also need every individual technician to get involved… its our future.

      Do we want a say in it?

    • #800753
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Time to bump this up!

      I would hope that our Professional Body would provide everything that all other Professional bodies provide our construction industry peers.

      1. Recognition of Profession.
      2. Advice and backup to all members, on all aspects.
      3. In-house training courses.
      4. Regular CPD at local centres around the country.
      5. P.I insurance.
      6. Representation at Government level. Proactive in new laws / Regulations.
      7. Representation on Building Control Advising Body.
      8. Representation on College Course / inspecting body.
      9. Ability to discuss problems with Councils, Banks etc
      10. Everything its members want! Decided democratically.

      I’m sure the National Committee of IATGN is strong and active but the web site lets it down badly.

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