View employers and exhibitors attending Jobs Expo Cork, May 2017.

Jobs Expo Cork

Meet the exhibitors: Here’s your video round-up of Jobs Expo Cork

Jobs Expo Cork was a great success as well as a very busy day! If you didn’t get a chance to come down, here is a video round-up of some of the employers that took part in the event. Jobs Expo returns to Galway on Saturday 16 September at the Galway Bay Hotel.

Adare Manor

The magnificent 840-acre Adare Manor estate is undergoing a major refurbishment and restoration as well as expansion. As a result, they are to recruit 300 new direct jobs at the resort.



Aspira is an Irish company with international impact. From their offices in Dublin and Cork, they offer consultancy as well as IT services to clients like AIB, DePuy Synths and ESB.


Daffodil Care Services

Daffodil Care Services is one of Ireland’s leading social care service providers offering a range of residential as well as community based services.


Innopharma College of Applied Sciences

We chat to Innopharma College of Applied Sciences, which is an award winning global institute dedicated to applied sciences.


Isle of Man Government

The Isle of Man Government took part in Jobs Expo and showcase job opportunities on the island. The IOM is a low-tax economy with no capital gains tax, wealth tax, stamp duty, or inheritance tax. In addition, the top rate of income tax of 20%.



McDonald’s in Ireland employs over 5000 people, across more than 92 restaurants. They offer flexible hours as well as accredited training, and the chance to progress your career.


Noel Recruitment

The Noel Group is one of Ireland’s best-known and largest recruitment organisations. They also have over 27 years’ experience providing resources to many of Ireland’s leading employers and events.


PE Global

PE Global is a 100% Irish-owned resourcing company offering tailored recruitment solutions to companies and organisations in domestic as well as international markets.


UNiSync Recruitment

UNiSync Recruitment specialise in nursing and healthcare job to a wide range of private as well as public healthcare authorities across the world.


University College Cork

Finally, Cian O’Mahoney of UCC Adult Continuing Education talks about new Springboard courses announced for Cork this morning.
Tandem Project Management

Meet Tandem Project Management at Jobs Expo Cork

We are very pleased to announce that Tandem Project Management will be exhibiting, as well as recruiting, at Jobs Expo Cork. Don’t forget the event takes place on Thursday 25th May from 12pm to 7pm at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Tivoli.

About Tandem Project Management

Tandem Project Management offer collaborative, end-to-end consultancy services to life science, food, industrial and commercial clients. They work with clients in Ireland as well as the UK and Europe. They deliver projects from concept through to completion, and as a result, ensures that at each phase they understand and deliver their client’s needs.


Tandem’s Recruitment Service offers clients as well as candidates a superior quality recruitment service. Their recruitment arm evolved from their long-standing relationships with their clients. Therefore, they understand their technical requirements and their culture. In addition, they understand  the challenges their clients meet when it comes to recruiting the right people for their organisation.

For candidates, Tandem offers a discreet as well as professional service, taking time to understand their career aspirations and goals. Tandem’s values of integrity, professionalism and customer service to both candidates and clients offers a unique quality of service.

Tandem have several vacancies across all engineering disciplines. These include the following roles:

  • Commissioning and Qualification Lead
  • Validation Manager
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Project Process Engineer

Recent clients

Tandem work with a range of multinational as well as local companies, including:

  • Sanofi
  • Medtronic
  • Lilly
  • Pepsico
  • Pfizer
  • Eirgen Pharma
  • Glanbia
  • Bausch + Lomb
  • Merck
  • Amgen


Kelly Services

Meet Kelly Services, a leading global recruitment firm, at Jobs Expo Cork

Fantastic news! Kelly Services will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork. Kelly Services is a world leading recruitment consultancy. They offer jobs across a range of sectors in Ireland. Around the world, they place over 650,000 people in temporary work and find permanent opportunities for over 7,000 people every year.

History of Kelly Services

In 1946, William Russell Kelly opened Kelly Services from a small office in Detroit, Michigan. He began with two employees and the vision to treat every customer like the only customer. William Russell Kelly was a pioneer and helped shape the way for the modern staffing industry. More than six decades later, the company philosophy of treating every customer like the only customer is alive in everything Kelly do. As a result, Kelly is a trusted and respected name in workforce management solutions.

A commitment to best practice

Kelly was the first UK and Ireland recruitment and HR consultancy to gain ISO 9002 accreditation. Their consultants have the highest levels of training in the industry, which therefore ensures a top rate service for clients.

Kelly also uses the latest skills search technology. At the touch of a button, Kelly Services can identify people with the skills and talents required in any field, anywhere in the UK and Ireland.

In addition, the company uses proactive marketing and career counselling of candidates seeking work, not just reactive placement.

Finally, Kelly positively discourages discrimination and promotes the placement of people with disabilities.

A true business partner

Kelly’s clients range from small local businesses to blue chip multinationals in various markets from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications.

The company has market-specialist consultants with first-hand experience and knowledge of the sectors they represent.

In addition, Kelly uses site visits and face-to-face briefings so that they have an in-depth understanding of every client. As a result, they can accurately match employees to vacancies, both in terms of skills and personality.

Kelly’s experienced consultants work alongside companies to establish their aims as well as create innovative HR solutions.

A provider of strategic workforce solutions

Kelly recruits for a wide range of jobs, from scientists to secretaries. The company also works for clients with different needs, from temporary positions entire staffing requirements.

In addition, Kelly provides a full range of services from on-site human resources management, to off-the-shelf computer software training and industry advice. This includes employment law and salary scales as well as local employment conditions.


McDonald's crew

Join the McDonald’s crew! We interview McDonald’s about opportunities

We wanted to know a bit more about joining the McDonald’s crew. Eleanor Kearney, who has been with McDonald’s for 19 years, kindly answered our questions. Don’t forget McDonald’s will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on Thursday 25th May!

What roles are you looking to fill at the moment?

We are looking to fill Crew and Customer care roles. Anyone interested can have a look here for further information.

What are the qualities you look for when hiring new team members?

We want to hire people that have an ability to connect with customers, and the desire to work as part of a team. Furthermore, we look for people that have high levels of energy and are efficient at getting things done.

What can new hires expect during their first week?

Each new crew person will receive an orientation on their first day. This is to introduce them to the company and give them all the information and training they need to get started. There is an individual training plan for their first 30 days, in addition to an assigned Crew Trainer to support them.

What makes McDonald’s a great place to work?

McDonald’s provides a supportive workplace which values respect and fairness as well as camaraderie. We respect that everyone is different and recognise that people have different needs. Some people want career opportunities, others want flexibility to work around family life, while others want to earn some extra cash while working in a fun and friendly environment. A job at McDonald’s provides skills for life; confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Check out this video to hear what our people have to say:-

Tell us about opportunities for advancement?

McDonald’s is committed to developing employees’ careers. We believe in lifelong learning to help people develop their skills at McDonalds and beyond. Every one of our 5,000 employees take part in structured training across customer services as well as teamwork and restaurant operations.

A crew development programme brings a new starter to a fully trained crew member. On completion of this programme there are promotional opportunities available from Crew trainer to Area Manager and Shift Manager and beyond.

How does one go from working in a store to being a store manager?

To become a Store Manager, there is a progression route. This involves completion of the Crew Development Programme and from there progressing to Crew Trainer and Area Leader (Junior Manager).

In addition, there is a Management Development programme. This consists of formal classroom training as well as on the job informal training. As a result, this supports progression from Shift Manager to Assistant Manager and Business Manager.

Can you tell us about the Graduate Management Development Programme?

Several of our stores offer Graduate development programmes. This involves completion of the Crew development programme and progression to a management role subject to meeting criteria. There is a defined training programme of informal and formal classroom training.

How long have you been with McDonald’s?

I have worked with McDonald’s for over 19 years. First off, I started as an Office Administrator and then moved to the restaurants. I am now the General Manager of a franchisee store, overseeing the management of four stores.

What do you enjoy most about your own job?

Every day is different in McDonald’s. I also really enjoy developing people on the team, providing training and support and then watching them progress and grown in confidence. Furthermore, I enjoy the flexible working hours with McDonald’s which allows me to manage my personal life.

Is there anything else you’d like potential recruits to know

McDonald’s offers jobs that set you up for life, as well as flexible hours, accredited training and a whole host of benefits. Come join us!

Cregg Group

Irish solution providers, the Cregg Group joins Jobs Expo Cork

We are delighted to welcome an Irish success story, the Cregg Group, to Jobs Expo Cork. The company will be exhibiting at our event at the Clayton Silver Springs on Thursday 25th May.

About the Cregg Group

Established in 1993, the Cregg Group offers a diverse range of products as well as services to a broad customer base. The Group has five divisions. These are:

  • Recruitment
  • International
  • Automation
  • European Sales
  • Property


Since 1993, Cregg Recruitment has provided their clients with tailored, reliable and cost-effective recruitment process outsourcing solutions. Cregg have offices in Shannon and Galway as well as Cork.

Cregg Recruitment is a wholly Irish-owned solutions provider. Their team of experienced consultants specialise in finding the right candidates in a number of fields, such as engineering, supply chain, quality, HR, sales and IT. In addition, they are experts in a number of highly regulated sectors such as medical devices, the pharmaceutical industry and electronics.

The company help clients meet contemporary business challenges such as increasing operational flexibility and reducing time to market. They do this by connecting clients to the right talent when it matters most.

Cregg’s consultants have an average of ten years professional experience in quality, human resources, recruitment and engineering. This spans the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors as well as IT and telecommunications.

A growing company

The company’s most recent venture, Cregg European Sales, has been in operation for four years. This offers a turnkey business solution to US companies that want to establish and grow sales in Europe. Therefore, it acts as the beachhead for American companies planning to develop a strong European presence.

Cregg International offers a “solutions through partnership approach” to enable Medical Technology companies establish a presence in Europe. They do this by providing access to a range of services, delivered by an experienced team of professionals based out of Ireland. Their property service hosts the largest North American investment in Ireland.


Find out how SECAD can help you at Jobs Expo Cork

We are very pleased to announce that the South and East Cork Area Development, SECAD, will be joining us for Jobs Expo Cork on Thursday 25th May 2017.

SECAD works in partnership with state agencies such as the Education and Training Boards, SOLAS as well as  local authorities and the community sector. In addition, they work with social partners such as employers, trade unions, and the farming and environmental sectors.

The government funds SECAD to roll out programmes, including the following:

  • Rural Development Programme
  • Local Community Development Programme
  • Rural Transport Programme
  • South and East Cork Tourism
  • Equality for Women
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Tús work placement scheme

What SECAD can do for you

The organisation provides employment supports to individuals and groups who are seeking employment, education or training. SECAD also provides an information service in five locations in East Cork, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal.

SECAD’s supports include mentoring, training courses, small grants and networking to people setting up their own business. Furthermore, under the Local and Community Development Programme, SECAD provides a range of supports to communities and individuals. These include funding for community projects, training courses for community groups, training programmes to support people who are seeking work or education. This also includes supports for mental health projects and youth projects. In addition, SECAD operates a community based rural transport service.

Employment Pathways Service

SECAD delivers the Employment Pathways Service (EPS) in targeted towns based on the highest level of deprivation.

This service focuses on the following elements:

  • One to one support for individuals furthest from the labour market to explore options around employment, self-employment, training and education;
  • Group level support around CV preparation, interview skills, Technology for Work skills, social welfare guidance including support around Back to Education Allowance and access to other public employment services including JobBridge, Tús, JobPath, Education and Training Board (ETB) training opportunities, etc.
  • Accessing online and web based employment support and recruitment platforms.
  • Youth focussed activation programme, KICKSTART in one area.
  • Employer Engagement – SECAD worked with local business associations and small companies to highlight the benefits of recruiting unemployed people e.g. Jobplus, JobBridge and to identify suitable vacancies.
BD jobs

We talk to BD about working for this global leader

BD Medical is a leading global medical technology company. They create medical technology, devices and laboratory equipment for a variety of needs across the healthcare continuum. BD will be joining us at Jobs Expo Cork. We spoke to Lisa Lindsay about opportunities with BD in Limerick and Dublin, as well as working for the company.

What roles are you looking to fill at the moment?

BD is expanding its footprint in Ireland across various businesses in Limerick and Dublin. It has exciting job openings for Software Engineers, Software Test Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Product Engineers and Scientists who want to work in the field of life sciences and medical devices.

What are the qualities you look for when hiring new team members?

In addition to the right technical experience and industry experience we look for an entrepreneurial spirit. You will need this to develop innovative solutions and products that can benefit all people around the world. Our new Centre in Limerick provides you with cutting edge technology and a creative environment. As a result, you’ll be inspired to tap into your inner genius and develop not only your career but the world of healthcare.

What can new hires expect during their first week?

A full induction, training and time spent meeting their team and relevant stakeholders.  There is also a  friendly, warm and inviting reception.

What makes BD a great place to work?

We are a purpose-driven company with a mission to advance the world of health.  We deliver high-quality, affordable, profitable products that touch the life of every patient. Furthermore, we include the whole world in our work. Employees can enjoy an array of competitive benefits that support a healthy lifestyle and become part of a company that gives significant time, talent and resources to philanthropic and charitable efforts around the world.

Tell us about opportunities for advancement?

You’ll work in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment and you’ll benefit from unique training and development opportunities, to maximise your career potential. A variety of initiatives and programmes offers our associates opportunities to grow and develop their careers, be rewarded and recognised for their efforts, and to ensure a balance between work and life.

Is there anything else you’d like potential recruits to know?

We have been a strong employer presence in Ireland for the last 53 years. Our new Research and Development Centre of Excellence will be opening in Limerick very soon, as part of a €21 million investment. Once completed, it will house more than 200 high-tech positions and will become the R&D hub for Ireland. Join us and be our newest team member making the difference






The Department of Social Protection to take part in Jobs Expo Cork

We are very pleased to announce that the Department of Social Protection will be joining us at Jobs Expo Cork on 25th May 2017.

The Department of Social Protection supports the Minister for Social Protection with governmental, parliamentary and departmental duties. Their main functions are:

  • To advise the government
  • Formulate appropriate social protection and social inclusion policies
  • Design, develop and deliver effective as well as cost-efficient income supports, employment services and other related services
  • Work towards providing seamless delivery of services in conjunction with other Departments, agencies and bodies

The Department serves a wide and diverse group of clients. This includes employed as well as unemployed people. However, they also work with families, people with disabilities, carers and pensioners. They administer over 70 different schemes and services. Consequently, the Department impacts the lives of almost everyone in Ireland.


Intreo is a new service from the Department of Social Protection. It is a single point of contact for employment and income support. Therefore, it provides a streamlined approach. As a result, Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for both jobseekers and employers.

EURES: Working in Europe

EURES is the European Job Mobility Portal.  It is a network that facilitates the free movement of workers across the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They also provide specific information and help employers and workers fill and find roles.

Learning and Upskilling

The Department helps also jobseekers gain new skills through training or education. It does this through providing courses for the unemployed. These include the Springboard+ and Momentum courses amongst others. In addition, the Department also offers back to education supports and training support grants.

25th May

Jobs Expo to return to Cork on 25th May with extended hours

Leading employers McDonald’s, Isle of Man Government, PhoneWatch, Aspira, BD and Peter Mark amongst others to recruit at Jobs Expo Cork on 25th May.

Aimed at those looking for a new job or career, Ireland’s premier careers fair, Jobs Expo, returns to Cork on Thursday 25th May. The event takes place between 12pm and 7pm and features employers from a variety of sectors. These include ICT, medtech, healthcare, hospitality and retail, amongst others.

Exhibitors include multinationals such as BD Medical, Eurofins and McDonald’s as well as leading Irish employers, Adare Manor, Aspira, PhoneWatch and Peter Mark. Also in attendance will be the Government of the Isle of Man, who will showcase the variety of career opportunities on the island. In addition, US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella returns to advise attendees on how to obtain a US Visa to work in the USA.

Organisers have extended the event’s opening times to 7pm to allow for evening attendance. “We decided to extend our event times to accommodate jobseekers who can’t get time off during the day,” says organiser Bronagh Cotter of Careers Unlimited.“We know from previous events that many attendees are already employed but looking for new challenges so we will be open until 7pm in the evening.”

Something for everyone

Jobs Expo Cork is run every 6 months at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and brings thousands of job opportunities to Cork.

“Jobs Expo Cork has something for everyone. There will be vacancies for highly skilled professionals, graduates and school leavers, as well as people returning to work. We also have opportunities for people who need to upskill or are looking for a change in career direction,” says Bronagh.

“Whatever their sector, companies need staff of all types of staff. Jobs Expo gives attendees the chance to see what’s on offer in a variety of companies and industries, including ones they may not have considered previously,” explains Bronagh.

Free seminars and career advice

As well as companies recruiting at the event, there will also be a series of talks from industry insiders at Jobs Expo’s Seminar Zone and Agenda Stage. Talks include opportunities with Aspira, FIT’s Software Development Apprenticeship Style Programme, and working in the USA. The Seminar Zone is free-of-charge to all attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Finally, the very popular Career Clinic returns. Over the course of the day, jobseekers will be able to meet one-on-one with career development coaches. The coaches will offer expert professional development advice as well as help jobseekers land their dream job.

Those wishing to attend Jobs Expo Cork can register for free admission at

Event Details

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Location: Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork
Entrance fee: FREE
Full details at:

More information
Bronagh Cotter
Jobs Expo Cork
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 646 3175