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Eircom to create 375 jobs over next five years

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4 February 2015

Eircom Group has launched new apprentice and graduate programmes which will create 375 new jobs in the company over the next five years. The initiative is part of a €18 million investment aimed at enhancing the company’s skills’ base and building an innovative, national communications network across Ireland. This is the first large scale sustained recruitment programme by the company in almost 30 years.

The Apprentice Programme will create 300 jobs over five years. It is open to candidates who have passed their Leaving Certificate. This year’s programme will commence in September and run for two years.

Applicants will have the opportunity to work as customer service and assurance technicians where the primary focus will be on the maintenance and repair of equipment in eircom’s network to provide the highest levels of service to our customers.

The structured two-year programme will provide on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training, leading to a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award. Top performers will be offered full-time roles with eircom.

The Graduate Programme will also run over five years, recruiting 15 honours graduates per year (a total of 75 graduates) who will be divided into eircom’s general graduate programme and its specialised finance graduate programme. This year’s programme will commence in September and run for two years.

Successful applicants to the general graduate programme will have the opportunity to work on up to four different rotations, each one supported by a dedicated eircom mentor. During each rotation the graduates will work as a team on a business improvement project for eircom – sponsored by a senior executive within eircom.

A number of the graduates will also participate in a national project with graduates from different industry sectors, for example, financial services, FMCG and transportation sectors.

Graduates with finance qualifications will remain within the finance shared service function and will work on a number of different and interesting projects over the two years, all the while being supported in their studies towards their accounting qualification.

Richard Moat, CEO eircom Group, said: “We are the only company in the telecommunications sector investing in people at scale, providing excellent sustainable employment. This is a key element in the ongoing transformation of the Group, and one we feel passionately about. These programmes are an integral part of our growth strategy. All of the 375 apprentices and graduates who come into the company over the next five years will be working as part of our team either on the frontline building Ireland’s communications network or providing innovative new products and services to our growing customer base. We are committed to investing in our future, both in the new technology we are rolling out and also in our people.”

Further information about eircom’s apprenticeship and graduate programmes is available on eircom’s early talent careers page http://earlytalent.eircom.net. Closing date for applications is 6 March 2015.

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