Gaeltec Utilities to create 150 jobs

Gaeltec expansion linked to significant contract wins in the utilities sector.

Irish utilities contracting firm Gaeltec is to create 150 new jobs after securing significant contracts. It is also investing €750,000 in a major upgrade to its Kilkenny headquarters.

Gaeltec provides specialist contracting support to public and private companies rolling out or upgrading energy and telecoms infrastructure and networks across Ireland.

“We are really excited about having 150 more people, who share our values and ambition, join us during the next exciting stage of Gaeltec’s development”

The company is currently working on several strategic electricity transmission, distribution and fibre broadband projects.

These include working with SIRO, the joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, on the roll-out of the next phase of its fibre broadband network across Ireland.

Delivery track record

“Today’s jobs announcement is a significant milestone for Gaeltec,” said the company’s managing director Joao Felizardo. “Our expansion is a mark of the reputation we have built in the Irish utilities market, and the confidence our customers place in our high standard of work and consistent track-record of delivery.

“To facilitate the growth, Gaeltec is making a €0.75m investment in further development of its Headquarters in Kilkenny. We are really excited about having 150 more people, who share our values and ambition, join us during the next exciting stage of Gaeltec’s development”, Felizardo said.

Overall, 60 of the 150 new roles will support this project, which will see SIRO’s fibre broadband network reach 154 towns across Ireland and provide Gigabit broadband connectivity to 770,000 premises within the next four years.

“Fibre-to-the Home broadband is recognised as the gold standard internationally and our rollout to 770,000 premises is one of the most significant capital investment projects in Ireland,” said SIRO CEO John Keaney.

“Our partnership with Gaeltec is a key part of our network build programme and the 60 new jobs at Gaeltec are a direct result of the massive shift in scale in our rollout. Gaeltec has a proven track record for delivering complex fast track projects successfully to exceptionally high standards, so they were a natural choice for us to bring on board.”

The roles on offer at Gaeltec include junior and senior engineering positions, field surveyors, fibre technicians, GIS technicians, supervisors, designers, electricians and plant operators. The positions will be based primarily in Gaeltec’s Kilkenny and Dublin offices, but a number, such as site staff will be based on projects located nationwide. Further information on all the roles is available on the careers section of Gaeltec’s website, Gaeltecutilities.com or on its LinkedIn page.

The expansion was welcomed by An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD.

“It’s a real boost in our capacity to build important infrastructure, such as broadband. 60 of these jobs will be on SIRO’s new project, upgrading thousands of their customers across the country to fibre broadband. Congratulations to the entire team and the very best of luck with this really significant expansion.”

Main image at top (from left): Gaeltec managing director, Joao Felizardo; Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD; and SIRO CEO John Keaney

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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