Rehab to create 400 Irish jobs over next three years

The Rehab Group is to create 750 jobs over the next three years, with 400 of the positions to be located in Ireland.

The Rehab Group currently employs over 3,500 people, with 2,500 staff based in Ireland and another 1,000 in the UK, Poland and the Netherlands.

The new posts will be in training, education, health and social care, IT, sales and marketing, management and administration.

Rehab currently provides services to 56,000 people in four countries and plans to increase this to 75,000 by 2015.

“Rehab has a significant growth strategy for 2012 to 2015 in all of its areas of activity," Chief Executive Angela Kerins said.

"We are currently looking further afield at new opportunities and hope to have some important new developments to announce later this year."

Ms Kerins said there is a broad range of opportunities in the organisation.

"Most people are familiar with Rehab Group as a provider of services to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised in their communities, but may not be aware that in addition to our health and education services in Ireland and the UK, we run a number of businesses in each of the four countries in which we work," she said.

"For example, Rehab is Ireland’s largest processor of glass for recycling, exporting nearly 100,000 tonnes of glass per year.

"We also operate a resource recovery business in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands and an international logistics business in Poland and the Netherlands, as well as a retail business and significant gaming and lottery interests.

"While like everyone else we experience difficulties in some markets, overall we have a positive view of our future development and believe that this can be achieved with hard work, a ‘can-do’ attitude and a little adventure into new areas.”

The announcement was welcomed by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

“Rehab is an Irish organisation which had success in its original field, branched out into new sectors, competed and succeeded in export markets and created large-scale employment," Minister Bruton said.

"Today’s announcement that it is to create 750 new jobs over the next three years is very welcome."

The Rehab Group will be recruiting on an ongoing basis over the coming months to positions both in Ireland and overseas, and vacancies will be advertised on its website.

Some 73 of the 400 new jobs are currently being recruited, rising to 150 in the next year with the remainder to come on stream over the next three years. In addition, 115 jobs have been created on Rehab Group construction projects in Limerick, Portlaoise and Sligo.

A further 350 job opportunities will arise within Rehab Group companies overseas, with 80 people already recruited overseas this year.

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