New strategies for Wexford will create more jobs for the County

By Karl Fitzpatrick

Published 10/04/2015 | 09:12

Karl Fitzpatrick
Karl Fitzpatrick

Plans are afoot to recreate the commercial identities of each of the four towns in County Wexford; Wexford town will become the location of choice for insurance and financial service companies, Gorey will be rebranded as an IT hub and Enniscorthy and New Ross will solidify their reputations as industrial zones.

Wexford - Insurance Hub

The insurance hub will be created by attracting leading companies in the insurance sector, to locate in Wexford town. While this has the potential to create thousands of jobs for the local community, many of these companies will expect their employees to hold, or be working towards a recognised insurance qualification with the Insurance Institute of Ireland.

The Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) is the qualification which insurance companies will require for an entry level position. As this qualifications can take between 6 and 12 months to complete, it is important that people wishing to work in the Wexford Insurance Hub, register to take this qualification now, so that they will be qualified to apply for these positions when they become available.

Gorey - IT Hub

The creation of an IT hub in Gorey will provide a wide variety of career opportunities in the IT sector. From programming to software development and network management to general IT support, this sector encompasses a broad range of roles.

However, the constant technological advancements which occur within the IT sector mean that skillsets required by IT professionals, change on a regular basis and a good way to identify these future needs is to review the reports published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. These reports can be accessed from .

Enniscorthy and New Ross - Manufacturing and Industrial Hubs

The towns of Enniscorthy and New Ross will be positioned as the manufacturing and industrial hubs for the county, with plans in motion to construct new advanced technology buildings in both towns. While the scope of the manufacturing companies may vary, the job opportunities that will arise, the vast majority of these positions will be factory based positions.

Therefore, it will be essential for prospective employees to complete process operator training to position themselves to avail of the job opportunities in this sector.

While plans have been made to revamp County Wexford as a location that will attract multinational companies, jobseekers need to invest in training and education now, to avail of these job opportunities when they arrive. Funding for these training courses may be available through the Technical Employment Support Grant administered by the Department of Social Protection or the new Mediator fund administered by the network of Local Employment Services.


Karl Fitzpatrick is the Managing Director of the multi award winning Chevron Training and Recruitment, presenter of South East Radio’s ‘Business Matters’ and Vice President of Wexford Chamber.

Karl contributes to economic development at a local, national and European level. Karl is a member of Wexford County Council’s Economic Strategy Policy Committee and Chambers Ireland Employment, Workplace and Skills Policy Council.

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