KN Circet Launch €500K Training Academy in Rathcoole

The training academy launch coincides with the announcement of 600 jobs. Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, spoke at the launch on integral role of skilled telecoms tradespeople.
KN Circet, Ireland’s number one telecom contractor, launched their state-of-the-art training academy in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin recently, with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in attendance to speak on the importance of creating telecoms tradespeople in Ireland and the value of the apprenticeship as a career path. As part of the launch, KN Circet announced their 600 jobs plan over the course of 18 months, with 200 jobs currently bedding in, in areas such as administration, fibres splicing, cabling and smart metering installations, with a further 400 more jobs planned for the coming 12 months. Key contracts for KN Circet include eir, openreach, BT Ireland, Enet, Virgin Media, ESB and more.

KN Circet’s €500k Rathcoole training academy can facilitate up to 2,000 people per year, it 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. 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. KN Circet’s training academy will hopefully support both these projects in the future and these projects would see the creation of a further 700 jobs.

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Pictured: Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh with Donagh Kelly CEO and Founder pictured at the official launch of the KN Circet training facility in Rathcoole Co Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Sarah Brooks

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