WP Engine founder drives ambition in Limerick students

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Jason Cohen (far right) and Paul Vesey, LIT, review a final year project from software development student Louise McKeown Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

Jason Cohen (far right) and Paul Vesey, LIT, review a final year project from software development student Louise McKeown Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

THE founder and chief technology officer of WP Engine Jason Cohen was in Limerick this week to meet with the next generation of tech leaders here.

WP​ Engine, which provides hosting for sites on the popular ‘WordPress’ internet platform, is building up to 100 staff at its base in the Engine building at Cecil Street.

Mr Cohen was at the Limerick Institute of Technology, which has had a link with the company since it opened in September 2016.

Mr Cohen said: “There is no one kind of employee at WP Engine. We believe diversity and innovation fuels ideas, and this is central to our success. We are always looking for people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. LIT encourages such diversity, creativity and innovation among its students and that is why I believe we work so well together,” he said.

Paul Vesey, head of department of IT at LIT said: “It is encouraging for the students to meet with a leader in the industry as they prepare for their final exams. LIT and WP Engine operate in partnership to create long-term opportunities for both our graduates and their existing staff who wish to up-skill.

"This fits with WP Engine's commitment to its employees and to staff development, as well as LIT’s commitment to providing an education framework that is both flexible and inclusive.”

LIT president, Prof Vincent Cunnane added: “The economic growth in Limerick and the Mid West means that employment opportunities are continuing to increase as more companies like WP Engine find a strong and well supported base here.”

“At LIT, we continue to work with industry partners partners like, WP Engine, to ensure that the workforce has the skills necessary for this constantly developing industry,” he added.

Mr Cohen wished the students well in their exams.