Fifteen jobs are in the pipeline for Longford with a further 25 promised for Co Leitrim after Bluebird Care, the home-care provider, announced a job creation plan that is expected to generate over 500 jobs nationally.
It is also envisaged that the plan will be rolled out, and the jobs will come on stream, within a matter of months.
Speaking to the Leader on Monday, Marty Kelly, Bluebird Care said that applications for the positions would be advertised in local papers “over the coming weeks” and pointed out that job applications were also available to download from the organisation’s website.
“The positions will come on stream over the next six months and will be open to care assistants and support workers nationwide,” Mr Kelly added.
“It is envisaged that there will be at least 15 jobs created in Longford and that another 25 jobs will be brought on stream in Co Leitrim.”
The company already employs 70 people throughout Leitrim, so the additional 25 positions there, together with the 15 positions in Longford, means that it will employ over 100 people in both counties.
“We currently employ just short of 800 people nationwide and the creation of a further 510 positions will help us fill the increased demand for home care services in Ireland,” Mr Kelly added further.
“A recent report by the Carer’s Association suggests that in order to manage the current carer to cared-for population ratios, Ireland will need an additional 44,289 carers by 2021.
“We have an exceptional team who are committed to delivering first-class care and in the current economic climate we are delighted to be able to create these new jobs.”
Bluebird Care is a franchise operation and was set up in Ireland in 2007.
In recent times the contract to care for people over the age of 65 years in their own homes was tendered out by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and after a rigorous process the company was awarded the tender to provide care in the home.
“We were ranked very highly by the HSE in the tender process and will provide the service in the home on behalf of the HSE, which is free,” Mr Kelly explained. “It is also important to point out that we also offer private care as well.”
Bluebird Care has 18 offices nationwide and further franchises are due to come on stream in counties Wexford, Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon in the coming months. For more information and job applications log onto www.bluebirdcare.ie.