HUNDREDS of people turned up at Wexford Opera House last week to attend open days organised by Eishtec, the company bringing 250 call centre jobs to the town.
More than 1,000 people have registered an interest in applying for the jobs on Eishtec's website.
On Thursday and Friday last, the company which is opening soon in Sinnottstown Lane, Drinagh, held information days for prospective candidates.
People queued from 9 a.m. on both days, an hour before the event was due to open.
Up to 500 people arrived on Thursday and a similar number attended the following day.
They came from all over the county and further afield and ranged in age from 18 up to early sixties.
Interviews were held upstairs for hundreds of people who had already applied for jobs with the company which provides technical support to smart phone customers of the U.K.'s largest phone service providers.
Otherwise, interested candidates were briefed on what the jobs entail and given an opportunity to talk to staff and trainers from Eishtec's Waterford headquarters which employs 400 people.
There were some ' heartbreaking' stories from unemployed people desperate to find a new job, according to Eishtec director Colm Tracey who greeted people as they arrived for the open days.
The company is planning to recruit 40 to 60 staff in the next few weeks and hopes to fill all vacancies by October of this year.
All new staff will undergo training before taking up their positions.
'We've had a brilliant response and as we predicted, there is a great pool of talent in Wexford,' said Mr. Tracey
Eishtec hopes to have the Wexford centre up and running in 'early to mid-February'.