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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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800 Jobs with 20 New Disability Care Homes

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800 Jobs with 20 New Disability Care Homes

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 

800 Jobs with 20 New Disability Care Homes

800 new healthcare jobs are to be generated with the opening of 20 new Disability Care Homes.

Private intellectual disability care service providers, Nua Healthcare, is to create 800 new jobs here over the next three years through the planned development of new residential and day care facilities. 300 of the positions are to be delivered this year.

The new roles with the Irish company will be across:

  • Social care
  • Nursing and
  • Administrative support staff.

Nua Healthcare has opened a new facility at Glenview House in Kilmallock, Co Limerick. This new six-bed facility, which will be staffed by up to 30 social care professionals on rota, will provide 24-hour care to adults with special needs with complex support requirements. Glenview House is the first of seven facilities to open in the greater Munster region and marks the expansion of Nua outside of Leinster.

The growth plans will see a further 20 residential centres and associated day facilities being developed, increasing Nua's residential care capacity up to 280 individuals by 2019.

The care provider currently employs over 800 social care professionals and provides 160 residential and respite beds in 28 locations nationally (including Kildare, Laois, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Dublin, Tipperary, Limerick and Cork).

Speaking at the official opening, junior health minister Kathleen Lynch said: "Intellectual disability care is a key priority in the health sector and the services offered by Nua Healthcare in support of the HSE are invaluable in the Munster region and beyond. "I welcome their commitment to, and investment in providing high quality services for both children and adults with complex support needs across the country and the job creation in local communities to meet these needs." 

Details of career opportunities with Nua Healthcare are available here.

The company is currently recruiting for a range of roles. Upcoming recruitment open days are as follows:

  • 25th January at The Bridgewater Hotel, Tullamore, Co.Offaly
  • 26th January at The Hertiage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co.Laois 
  • 27th January at The Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow  

The CareersPortal Team