Mitchelstown has received a jobs boost recently, as long awaited hiring for the Aldi Distribution Centre has finally begun.
As more and more businesses close each week nationwide, the Aldi centre, which had 160 jobs to offer but was sitting idle, was somewhat of an anti-climax, but now it seems that the jobs are really arriving and this will bring a big boost to the town in terms of increased footfall, people moving into the area and local unemployment figures dropping.
The speculation about hiring was this week confirmed by Aldi in a statement, which read: "Aldi Stores (Ireland) can confirm it has recruited a small number of administrative staff for its new distribution centre and office facility in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, which will open in September 2013. The staff are currently training at Aldi’s headquarters in Naas, Co. Kildare."
Junior Minister Sean Sherlock has confirmed with CPL recruitment that Aldi are also currently recruiting for executive and managerial positions and training has already begun for some of these positions. He added that warehousing and logistics positions will be advertised in the coming weeks, but CV's can be sent to CPL to be kept on file.
For those who wish to train up in logistics or warehousing, Minister Sherlock also said that the MOMENTUM Programme is currently open to applications for courses in Cork city and county. This assists jobseekers in gaining in-demand skills and to access work in sectors where there are job opportunities.
“At present there are courses on offer in the areas of healthcare, warehousing and logistics and homecare in venues throughout the county; while in the city further places are available in similar areas, but also in IT and software development, web development and cloud computing. These courses are designed to equip people with skills that are currently being sought in the jobs market, as well as to prepare people as they begin the job hunting process,” Minister Sherlock explained.
MOMENTUM is a new initiative that was announced by the Government in December and which will offer 6,500 places to jobseekers nationally. Courses are free, full and part-time and are aligned to levels 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or to an industry required certification within the sector. The projects range in duration from 11 weeks – 45 weeks.
To fit the eligibility criteria for MOMENTUM, the applicant must be unemployed for 12 months or longer; be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or on the Live Register for 12 months or longer (signing on for Social Insurance Contribution Credits for 12 months or longer) and be actively seeking work.
Minister Sherlock has outlined that should anybody have any further enquiries with regard to MOMENTUM, they can contact his office at 022 53523 or firstname.lastname@example.org - further info is also available at momentumskills.ie