300 jobs on offer in Limerick ‘Job Shop’

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

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IT’S is not the standard jobs announcement for Limerick, but 300 jobs with some of the Mid-West’s best known companies will be on offer at a unique event in Thomond Park next week.

IT’S is not the standard jobs announcement for Limerick, but 300 jobs with some of the Mid-West’s best known companies will be on offer at a unique event in Thomond Park next week.

Up to 30 well known employers of long-standing locally will be actively offering jobs at the Mid West Job Shop in Thomond Park on Thursday next, October 24.

Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, where some companies will be offering as many as 60 positions at their firm, while others may only be offering five positions.

Following the success of last year’s event, where a smaller number of jobs were on offer, this event will be launched by the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon.

Delivered by ULearning Skillnet in association with CPL Ltd., this half day event - from 10am-2pm - will provide an opportunity for local companies to source employees, for jobseekers to meet with potential future employers and to receive information on how to best access the jobs market.

All companies exhibiting range from multinationals to local small and medium sized enterprises.

The companies which will be offering jobs, across a range of skill sets on the day, include UPC, Northern Trust, Cook Medical, Aldi, Kostal, Comfort Keepers Home Care, Alliance Medical, Glass Lews & Co, ACI payment systems, TTM Healthcare, Acorn Life, Cregg Recruitment, and Mowlam Healthcare, among a number of others.

“The objective of this event is to connect companies with jobseekers,” explained Ronan O’Boyle, network manager of ULearning Skillnet, a State funded, enterprise-led support body which was set up in 2008.

“It’s also a platform for Limerick-based education institutions and organisations to meet individuals who wish to up-skill. Ultimately it will contribute to growing a strong employment base in the region.”

He said a wide variety of positions are available across many sectors, and not all will require highly technical skills. Regional training providers, including universities, local colleges and training centres, will also be exhibiting.

They will also offer advice regarding courses and skills needed for specific career paths.

Entry is free, although all jobseekers must complete a short registration form.

A panel of career advisors will also provide advice in the strictest confidence to job seekers regardless of their backgrounds or qualifications. There will also be a series of seminars and workshops providing jobseekers with useful information and tools aimed at helping them find the job which best suits their skills – regardless of their level.

These free seminars, delivered by industry experts, will focus on key areas such as laws for lifetime employability, career planning, CV clinics, social media for employment and a snapshot of the job market.

Last year was the first event of its kind in Thomond Stadium, and over 900 unemployed professionals attended on the day.