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Friday 23 March 2018

School gets 1,000 CVs for just 15 jobs before it even opens

Principal Alan Mongey outside the new school
Principal Alan Mongey outside the new school
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A NEW school which has yet to open its doors has received close to 1,000 CVs from teachers vying for just 15 jobs.

Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, in Claregalway, Co Galway, is due to open this September but has received close to 1,000 expressions of interest before it even officially advertised the posts.

The massive interest was not focused on teaching jobs alone, with close to 200 applying for the caretaker position at the school.

Principal Alan Mongey revealed he was taken aback by the level of interest in the positions, adding that it was a sign of the times.


"We have only 15 positions in the school and only five of those are full-time positions but the interest from teachers has been overwhelming. We have been receiving CVs and applications for the last six months," he said.

Such was the interest in the posts that Mr Mongey requested all applicants to fill out a detailed form, which includes a first-year schedule of work and lesson plans.

"This is more than teachers would traditionally have to do, but we've already received 150 full applications. I'm expecting far more by the deadline of Friday. I've been fielding emails and questions all week from people who want to apply," he added.

Mr Mongey said that the interest was not alone from new graduates struggling to find work but also more experienced teachers who were eager to move west.

He said he had also been surprised by the interest in the caretaker's position, adding that the calibre of applicants was impressive for the post which carries a starting salary in the region of €26,000 a year.

"It shows the way the world is going at the moment. There was a high level of quality in terms of people applying. People who had worked for years in the construction industry, small developers and people who had built a large number of houses," he said.

"In terms of what they were making in the construction industry the salary wouldn't be anywhere near it but it's a secure job which in the current climate is a big draw," he added.

Meanwhile, a local authority has been inundated with applications from students hoping to nab a €300-a-week job this summer. Some 300 college students applied for just 15 summer positions working for Donegal County Council for eight weeks in July and August.

The temporary jobs under the Student Summer Placement Scheme include clerical and technical work.

Irish Independent

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