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Over 70 companies for GMIT Careers Fair

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Hundreds of students and graduates of GMIT are expected to attend the annual GMIT Careers and Recruitment Fair in the Galway campus on Monday, October 7.

Over seventy major employers from multinationals to accountancy bodies, third-level colleges and volunteering organisations are taking part in the GMIT event at the Dublin Road (Galway) campus from 12 noon to 3pm.

Students and graduates from GMIT and other colleges will have an opportunity to find out about employment prospects and trends in Ireland and abroad as well as placements and internships, postgraduate study and volunteering options. CV clinics are available on the day with professional advice available from agencies such as Collins McNicolas and Matrix Recruitment.

The GMIT Careers Fair will cover areas such as Business and Finance, Computing and IT, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Hospitality and Tourism.

A number of major graduate recruiters will take part in the fair for the first time, among them Price Waterhouse Coopers, Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young. Deloitte and all the major professional accountancy bodies will be represented on the day.

Employers and organisations taking part in the GMIT event also include Allergan Pharmaceutical, Boston Scientific, Dell,  Ericcson, Goodman Medical Ireland,  Intel,  Medtronic Vascular,  Micros Fidelio,  SAP, CISCO,  Avaya,  IBM,  Harmac Medical Products, Stryker, Sourcedogg, VMware, Hewlett Packard,  Valeo Visions,  Mylan  and many more.

Bridie Killoran, who this year celebrates ten years as GMIT Careers Officer, says this year’s event has more companies and organisations taking part than in previous years.

 “This reflects the fact that the practical skillset available to employers from GMIT graduates is highly sought after. They have a blend of academic knowledge and invaluable practical experience gained through work placement and real-life industry projects’’

Kate Graham, Human Resources, Boston Scientific, Galway, says: ”Boston Scientific has a longstanding relationship with GMIT. We have successfully recruited graduates and students on placement in the past and have been impressed by their calibre. We are looking forward to attending this year’s career fair on 7 October and meeting with students.”

For further information, see http://www.gmit.ie/Life-at-GMIT/career-development-centre/events/careers-fair-2013/

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Supermac voted All-Ireland PR champ for 2020

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Pat McDonagh: marketing award.

Pat McDonagh, head of the Supermac’s chain of family restaurants, has been named the All Ireland Marketing Champion of 2020.

The award was created by the Marketing Institute of Ireland to highlight the achievements of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to business, who have demonstrated leadership, vision and skill and in particular whose customer and market focus have been central to their success.

With more than 100 restaurants throughout the country, Supermac’s employs over 4,000 people nationally and has helped to establish up to 60 self-employed franchisees in their own successful businesses.

The current climate means that the consumer is looking for more online and contactless ways of engaging with service providers. Supermac’s has developed its own in-house online platform to meet those needs and has order online messaging at the core of all its key marketing campaigns. Digital marketing has been a key area of focus over the past few years along with using well known sports personalities and influencers.

Some of the brand’s most publicised marketing efforts include taking out a large billboard in Times Square in 2016 which was picked up by global media as a small Irish business punching above its weight.

Furthermore, Supermac’s ‘No Clowning Around’ humorous dig at a competitor in the height of a legal battle also resulted in widespread attention.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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NWRA calls for ‘regional investment accelerator’ to distribute funding

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Chairperson of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, David Maxwell

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has called for a dedicated ‘investment accelerator’ to be set up to distribute Government and EU regional development funds – in an effort to address an imbalance.

The Government is about to decide how to spend the €1.2 billion pot of EU Cohesion Funds for the period 2021 to 2027 with €350 million allocated for the Northern and Western Region.

The NWRA wants the Government to give local bodies more control over how the 2021 to 2027 funds are spent – it suggests replicating a model that has been successfully rolled out in the Cornwall region of England.

This week, it launched a campaign called ‘Let’s Be More’ to address inequality and economic decline in the region.

The NWRA believes the region can do more with funding by:

  • Being allowed to make more localised investment decisions using a new instrument called an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI)
  • Encouraging more action’ to stimulate research and innovation
  • Doing more to facilitate local industrial transition and entrepreneurship
  • Offering more SME supports and funds for urban rural regeneration.
  • Funding more climate-friendly innovations

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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CitySwift announces 50 new jobs for city as part of its major expansion

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the CitySwift jobs announcement with Brian O'Rourke and Alan Farrelly of CitySwift.

A Galway company, which produces cutting-edge technology to optimize the public transport experience for operators and customers alike, this week announced 50 new jobs over the next two years.

CitySwift, the transport data company which works with global players such as Go Ahead and National Express to transform the operations and passenger experience of public transport, announced the jobs for over the next two years – with 15 roles to be filled immediately.

The announcement comes after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty.

The new roles will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing.

As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway city centre.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the jobs announcement.

“Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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