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Derry tech firm Learning Pool creates 20 new jobs

30 Oct 2018

Learning Pool is one of Derry’s great digital success stories.

Derry tech company Learning Pool is to create 20 new jobs with the doubling of its headquarters in the City Factory.

Founded in 2006 by CEO Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool provides online learning services to more than 550 organisations globally, working with companies such as New Look, Tesco, Jurys Inn and Specsavers.

Recently, Learning Pool announced that it had been selected by the Football Association to support the delivery of a world-leading football education programme by 2020.

Learning Pool currently employs 140 people throughout the UK. The new jobs are being created to support the company’s continuing investment in innovation and new product development.

Powering a learning revolution

“Our success to date has been built on revolutionising learning and development across organisations, giving employees the freedom to undertake training and development courses online, at times convenient to them,” McElvaney said.

“We’re continuing to innovate and are working on some exciting next-generation products. These new roles will help us to build on our commitment to deliver innovative solutions and an excellent-quality service to the 2m people we expect to train in 2019,” he added.

The new jobs are being created in business development, technology and software development, finance, human resources, learning design, graphic design, and customer success.

Louise McElvaney, director of people and performance, explained that Learning Pool provides its employees with great support, and successful candidates will be able to work in Derry or in any of Learning Pool’s offices in Belfast, Hamilton (Scotland) and Nottingham (England).

“We’re recruiting across all departments, from graphic design to software development, and successful candidates can expect an impressive remuneration reflective of the roles,” she said.

“This drive represents a fantastic opportunity to join Learning Pool’s award-winning team, and we’re excited about our plans to integrate our new people and support them on their journey. Whether it’s preparing our customers for new and emerging technologies, gamification in e-learning, or the very latest in next-generation learning systems, Learning Pool is leading the way and our team is the driving force, making it all possible.”

Learning Pool has been recognised by the Deloitte Fast 50 as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Ireland and the UK for the last eight years. The company has also been awarded the Gold Investors in People accolade, been listed as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and also received the Customer Focus Award at the Institute of Customer Service.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland invested in Learning Pool in 2016 and has supported its growth, including its acquisitions of e-learning companies Mind Click in the UK and MediaCorp in Scotland.

Learning Pool recently announced that annual revenues have increased more than 40pc year on year.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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