€250k Pledged To Re-Train Talk Talk Workers

A €250k investment will be made by the Irish Government in a bid to re-train the former workers at Talk Talk in Waterford, it has been announced.

A state-funded enterprise group will foot the bill after Skillnets trains more than 100 of the workers made redundant this autumn. They are to begin new training programmes this morning.

The training is in courses identified by local enterprise groups and designed to satisfy industry-specific needs.

Senior programme manager with Skillnets Carl Blake said the programmes would provide "the skills that are necessary to fill the jobs that are currently available", including in a number of local companies with vacancies in Clonmel, Kilkenny and Cork.

This investment follows hundreds of job losses in Waterford after the call centre, Talk Talk, closed its Irish base.

Management at the centre announced the redundancies on September 7 and said that the facility would then close within 30 days. All 575 employees at the call centre were called to a meeting for the announcement.

Talk Talk in Waterford was one of the largest employers in Ireland’s southeast, it managed the customer support function for clientele based in the UK.

Established in Waterford in 1998, the centre has grew from 30 employees, to an award winning contact centre employing 575 people. But earlier this year a number of support jobs in Waterford were cut before complete closure at the beginning of the month.


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