Jobseekers in Donegal can now connect directly with employers that have hundreds if not thousands of jobs on offer thanks to a new app, HiUp, which was launched last week.

In addition to connecting jobseekers with employers directly, the HiUp app also allows them to identify any skills gaps they have and connect with training providers, either by taking training directly within the app or booking classroom-based training via the app.

HiUp is the brainchild of serial internet entrepreneur, Brendan Kavanagh, who has founded several businesses over the course of his career and now employs 360 staff across nine offices in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA.

At the launch of HiUp last week, Kavanagh said: “Thousands of vacancies exist in Ireland across construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, retail, customer service and supply chain management.

“At the same time, unemployment rates in some areas and for some sections of the population remain high. In Donegal alone, over 14,000 people are unemployed.

“Available vacancies in Donegal - and throughout the country - are not being filled because the workforce can’t find them. Recruitment agencies often sit in the middle in this situation, and don’t help employers or jobseekers match with the opportunities. By using HiUp, jobseekers in Donegal can take back control of their careers.”

The recruitment sector is worth €1.73 billion a year in Ireland. According to Kavanagh, that money should be invested in training and qualifications for employees and jobseekers, rather than going to global recruitment giants.

In addition to jobseekers, Donegal training-providers and education institutions are being encouraged to download HiUp: providers can host their online and offline courses through the app, free of charge. HiUp is available to download for free from the Apple and Google Play Stores or by visiting www.hiupapp.com.

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