Rathcoole telecom contractor KN Circet announce 600 jobs

By William O'Connor 

RATHCOOLE telecom contractor KN Circet have announced 600 new jobs over the course of 18 months.

The announcement was made as part of their state-of-the-art training academy launch in Rathcoole this afternoon with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD.

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Minister McHugh was in attendance to speak on the importance of creating telecoms tradespeople in Ireland and the value of the apprenticeship as a career path.

According to a statement released by KN Circet, 200 of the jobs being created are in areas such as administration, fibres splicing, cabling and smart metering installations, with a further 400 jobs planned for the coming 12 months.

Some of the key contracts for KN Circet include eir, openreach, BT Ireland, Enet, Virgin Media and ESB.

KN Circet’s €500k Rathcoole training academy can facilitate up to 2,000 people per year which includes traditional classrooms.

The academy focuses on scenario-based training such as a mock street, outdoor electrical poles and underground space.

The soft skills training space, a mock apartment, focuses on the customer experience and how to best facilitate customer needs.

Everything from customer service to applying technical skills in difficult settings is covered in this experience-led facility.

In 2017 Irish owned, KN Group employed 3,500 and had a turnover of €310M, and continued growth was a key motivator for the company going forward.

In 2018 KN Group partnered with French company Circet to create the newly formed KN Circet, the largest telecoms contractor in Europe.

KN Circet training academy will train telecom operatives for ongoing projects such as Eir’s 1.4 million urban homes and openreach NI’s ultrafast fibre rollouts.

In addition to training electricians for rollout of ESB smart metering project. 

Future potential investment in fibre deployment such as NBI in ROI and Project Stratum in NI will see high speed broadband brought to rural Ireland with a large requirement for highly trained telecoms operatives.

According to Donagh Kelly, CEO & Founder: “Minister McHugh’s support at our training academy launch shows the importance of skilled workers to the Irish economy and the significant training KN Circet will be facilitating.

“The facility is the result of decades of hard work from the team at KN Circet and the scenario-based training programme is built from real experiences.

"We equip trainees with the necessary skills required for this growing industry.

"KN Circet are creating local jobs for this growing industry and look forward to facilitating positive career paths for our existing and future employees.”

For further information visit the KN Circet website HERE

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