More than 100 jobs created in three schemes across country
MORE than 100 jobs have been created under three separate investments in Dublin, Cork and Donegal.
Most of the jobs are on offer to 72 unemployed people who have received training to work as carers at a private health care company in Dublin.
They have just finished a course that will enable them to start work for health care firm All in Care Ltd in Balbriggan.
The jobs are on offer due to a collaboration between the Department of Social Protection, a support group for the unemployed and the health care company.
The programme is the first of its kind in the country and is designed to equip the unemployed with the work experience and qualifications.
Following an intensive five-week programme in which they kept their social welfare benefits, the first 15 graduates of the 'health care Pre-Employment Programme' celebrated the end of their studies yesterday.
Meanwhile, another 33 jobs will be created at a new emergency call centre in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. The jobs are located at an IT centre in Portnason and will eventually lead to 100 jobs.
The Ballyshannon centre will be one of three centres that will process up to four million calls a year.
Another 12 jobs will be created following the takeover of a hi-tech company in Cork. The Chinese ZJF Group has bought Firecomms, which designs semiconductors for fibre optic cables.