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Thursday 14 November 2019

Telecoms contractor KN Circet plans to hire 400 people in Ireland

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh meeting with Eamon Stencil at the KN Circet training facility in Rathcoole Co Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh meeting with Eamon Stencil at the KN Circet training facility in Rathcoole Co Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Shawn Pogatchnik

KN Circet plans to hire 400 people in Ireland over the coming year, the telecoms contractor said today as it opened a training academy in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

The Dublin-based company - formed in November 2018 by the merger of Irish firm KN and French firm Circet – employs several thousand workers across Ireland, Britain, France, Germany and the Caribbean.

KN Circet said it already has hired 200 people this year in Dublin, where it provides engineers and other specialists for telecoms operators and other cabling-intensive firms including Eir, Openreach, BT Ireland, Enet, Virgin Media and ESB.

The company said its Rathcoole training academy was designed to teach skills to 2,000 telecoms trainees annually. The facility includes classrooms and scenario-based facilities including a mock street, outdoor electrical poles and an underground environment.

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh with Donagh Kelly CEO and Founder. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh with Donagh Kelly CEO and Founder. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Its “soft skills training space” involves a mock apartment where trainees are assessed on customer interaction skills and “apply technical skills in difficult settings”, the company said in a statement.

Chief executive Donagh Kelly said the academy’s “scenario-based training programme is built from real experiences”.

Education minister Joe McHugh, who attended the academy launch, said it was “a particularly important time to showcase such a facility with the National Broadband Plan rollout imminent. It is vital we have large numbers of skilled telecoms tradesmen and women to deliver this ambitious plan."

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