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EssentialSkillz to Double Workforce to 60 in Galway

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EssentialSkillz to Double Workforce to 60 in Galway

Thursday, June 25, 2015 

EssentialSkillz to Double Workforce to 60 in Galway

Galway-based e-learning solutions provider EssentialSkillz intends to double its workforce to 60 people over the next two years.

EssentialSkillz is a leading global supplier of online safety training and risk assessment software. The company, based in The Hub in Galway Technology Park, was established back in 2001 and has offices in the UK, US and Ireland.

The new jobs will be in areas such as Programming and Product Implementation with positions for:

  • PHP Developers
  • Javascript Developers
  • Product Implementation Managers

CEO Tony Dervan commented: “We are currently working on the next major version of our compliance eLearning platform and we are very interested in hearing from talented developers who would like to be involved in this leading edge development project.”

A number of Job vacancies are currently advertised for the positions outlined above. For more information and to apply click here.

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