New jobs for Askeaton plant

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

The Nestle plant in Askeaton
Nestlé is to create 95 new job opportunities at its plants in Askeaton, Co Limerick and Dublin over the next three years.

Nestlé is to create 95 new job opportunities at its plants in Askeaton, Co Limerick and Dublin over the next three years.

The new jobs are part of an initiative to address youth unemployment across Europe. They will consist of paid work experience, graduate employment programmes and full time jobs.

While the company has not provided an exact breakdown of where the jobs will be created, a spokesperson said it is likely that a higher proportion will go to the manufacturing plant in Askeaton.

The company currently employs about 700 people in Ireland, over 500 of whom are based in Askeaton where they manufacture a range of products including infant and baby formula and nutrition products. Nestle took over the Pfizer plant there last year.

The company has not outlined salary details but it is understood that all the positions will be paid and are not part of the Jobbridge programme.

Deirdre O’Donoghue, country manager with Nestlé Ireland said: “Sadly young people in Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation. They can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.

“Companies need to help young people escape from this trap. As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide young people with enough opportunities to gain it.”