Local company Learning Pool has announced plans to create new jobs in the city with the launch of its Rising Star Programme.
Aimed at school leavers and those looking for work experience, the programme offers an opportunity to join Learning Pool’s technical support team.
With Derry currently having the highest level of unemployed young people in Northern Ireland, the scheme is seen as a welcome addition in the bid to tackle youth unemployment.
The ‘Rising Stars’ will join the Learning Pool team for 12 months and work in customer facing roles in the company’s technical support team.
These are full time positions and candidates will be paid for their efforts as well as receiving on the job and structured training throughout the time they work at the company. This programme is entirely funded by Learning Pool.
Aine Bradley, Learning Pool’s Head of Customer Service, explains: “Our young people are an untapped resource of creativity and talent and I’m excited about our plans to train and support them. The programme will help our ‘Rising Stars’ make the step into work, learn about life in a high growth tech company and acquire useful technical and customer service skills.”
Declan McDonagh, a current placement student at Learning Pool, says of his experience: “I was over the moon when I was given the opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK. My confidence has rocketed and I’ve grown as a person in every respect, all thanks to the fantastic Learning Pool team.”
Earlier this year, Learning Pool committed to creating 30 new jobs over this year and next. The company says these new appointments build on its commitment to boost staff numbers and improve customer service for the one million people Learning Pool expects to train in 2013.
Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool Director, says: “We’re really proud to be creating more new jobs in the city. I’m particularly proud to be welcoming new team members who have little or no work experience.
“One of our greatest achievements so far has been to give people career opportunities and many of our senior team are testament to this ethos. The experience that our Rising Stars will get in the next 12 months will prove invaluable to them whatever they go on to do next.”
Founded in 2006, Learning Pool provides online learning services to more than 300 organisations. The company employs 50 people and has just moved into new offices in the Old City factory building.
For more information and to apply for these roles, visit www.learningpool.com/jobs.