Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh meeting with Eamon Stencil pictured at the offical launch of the KN Circet training facility in Rathcoole

Telecoms contractor, KN Circet launched their new training academy in Rathcoole and revealed its plan to create 600 jobs.

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh attended the launch, which took place last Thursday (7th).

KN Circet’s clients include Eir, Openreach, BT Ireland, Enet, Virgin Media and ESB.

The company said it has recruited for 200 jobs already in areas such as administration, fibres splicing, cabling and smart metering installations, with 400 more jobs planned for the coming 12 months.

KN Circet’s €500k Rathcoole training academy can facilitate up to 2,000 people per year and is a vital investment for the industry leaders.

Alongside traditional classrooms, the academy focuses on scenario-based training such as a mock street, outdoor electrical poles, an underground space and more.

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.

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, as well as 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.

Donagh Kelly, CEO and founder said: “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.”