A KILLARNEY businessman has spoken this week of his desire to bring jobs back to his home county, and the idea could be gathering momentum for 20 potential hopefuls.
Niall Kelleher is the Managing Director of Tangerine Management, which has just joined with The College of Progressive Education to launch a 26-week course under the Momentum Scheme, the Government designed back-to-work initiative.
The aim of Momentum is to assist long term unemployed jobseekers to re-skill and access work, and Niall is confident that Tangerine, which is based in the Killarney Technology Innovation (KTI) Centre and currently employs 12 people full time, will be able to provide jobs long-term to many of the 20 course participants.
Momentum courses are based in expanded employment areas such as digital media and marketing and, in line with Tangerine Management's area of expertise, the Fetac Level 6 Killarney course is in Contact Centre Customer Service and Business Development.
"To run the course the college needed to partner with an existing company to provide term placement of the students, to give them some real time experience," Niall explained.
The course starts in December and will cater for 20 people, and will take place at a unit adjacent to Tangerine Management in the KTI centre.
Tangerine is a sister company of the Cork based Intercall group and opened in Killarney in May 2012.
"I am originally from Rathmore myself and living in Killarney. We have created over 100 jobs in Cork over the last two years and I wanted to bring some of that home to Kerry," Niall said.
"Even with a rate of 14 per cent unemployment it can be hard to find the right staff, this course is all about re-skilling people into what is a different type of industry," he added.
Far from more empty study, the Killarney course is offering real job prospects: "We are in talks at the moment with different companies in relation to work, and we are hopeful of securing contracts into the New Year," Niall added. "We are hopeful at this stage that we will be able to keep a good number of the students on."
The process of finding the 20 students has just started and with over 2,000 on the Live Register in Killarney alone Niall is confident the right candidates are out there.
For more information on the course log on to the website www.momentumskills.ie or contact Clare at The Progressive College on 01 4884317.