E-learning platform Alison to create 30 new jobs in Galway
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E-learning platform Alison to create 30 new jobs in Galway

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E-learning platform Alison is boosting employment in the west of Ireland.

Alison is to create 30 new jobs at its offices in Galway Technology Park.

Founded in 2007 by serial entrepreneur Mike Feerick, Alison is recognised as the first massive open online course (MOOC) provider.

‘Our ambition is to help more Irish companies like Alison to compete and win sustained business in overseas market’
– NIALL O’DONNELLAN

The learning academy already employs 50 people in Ireland and across Western Europe.

“Alison is fully committed to keeping these roles in the west of Ireland, and to use Galway as a hub for further global expansion,” Feerick said.

“The company is committed in its mission of continuing to assist learners in developing high-quality and applicable workplace skills, regardless of location, means or personal circumstances.”

A shining example of opportunities for Irish-owned companies in global markets

Alison boasts 10m registered learners and more than 1m graduates from international markets such as Africa, India, North America and Australia.

It offers publishers the opportunity to market their skill sets by creating online courses where enterprise clients benefit from organised learning through Alison Pods.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

“Alison’s global success is a shining example of the opportunities for Irish-owned companies in global markets,” said Niall O’Donnellan, director of ICT and international services at Enterprise Ireland.

“Our ambition is to help more Irish companies like Alison to compete and win sustained business in overseas markets.

“Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with Alison to continue to support their growth ambitions as they expand their reach even further in global markets, strengthening their customer base internationally and continuing to create jobs here in the west of Ireland.”

The new jobs will be in sectors such as sales, marketing and finance.

“These roles will be highly skilled and in a regional location, and will afford graduates and experienced professionals the opportunity to remain [in] or indeed return to Galway to continue their careers,” said Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, who was in Galway to open the expanded offices at Alison.

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