eircom to create 375 new jobs over the next five years

Broadband, phone and TV provider invests €18m in apprentice and graduate programmes

Eoin Clarke
by Eoin Clarke on 4th February, 2015

eircom Group will create 375 new jobs over the next five years by launching a set of innovative apprenticeship and graduate programmes.

The broadband, phone and TV provider is spending €18m on the initiative which aims to build the company’s skills base and believes the move will aid their bid to develop an innovative network across Ireland.

It marks the first large scale recruitment programme by eircom for 30 years.

Investing in people

Richard Moat, eircom Group Chief Executive, said the firm was the only one in the sector to be “investing in people at scale” and described the investment as a “key element in the ongoing transformation” of the company.

“We are committed to investing in our future, both in the new technology we are rolling out and also in our people,” he said. “These programmes […] represent a major investment by eircom in the future of the Irish economy.” eircom’s announcement was also welcomed by Minister Alex White who described the programmes as “examples of quality job creation”.

He said technology “is at the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs” which will also see high speed broadband rolled out to 1.6 million homes by the middle of 2016; prompting further job creation.

‘Quality job creation’  

All 375 new jobs will see people working on expanding the network or providing new products and services to customers across Ireland. Of the total number created, 300 positions will be part of the Apprentice Programme which will take 60 apprentices on every year and is open to candidates who have passed their leaving certificate. Meanwhile,

15 honours graduates will be recruited every year for five years to make up the remaining 75 jobs – taking on workers in the general graduate programme and eircom’s specialised finance graduate programme. The Apprentice Programme will commence in September and run for two years. Applications for both programmes are now open and close on 06 March 2015.

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