SmartForce plans £1m venture for Limerick


SmartForce, the e-learning company, will invest more than £1 million (€1.27 million) to establish a self contained development unit at a new facility at Plassey Park, Limerick.

The unit will initially employ some 30 people and will produce software training products for SmartForce's worldwide customer base.

The company is recruiting software writers, editors, graphic artists, simulation developers and other IT related positions for the centre.

The facility is the company's first centre outside Dublin and could be the first of a series of new SmartForce offices throughout the Republic, according to Mr T.P. Marsh, vice-president of product development at SmartForce.

"We will consider establishing other regional centres such as Galway, Waterford and Cork to give us greater flexibility in Ireland," said Mr Marsh.

He said the company chose Limerick because of its proximity to a university and the backing of Shannon Development.

He said the company would see how the centre was doing before committing to further expansion at the site.

SmartForce currently employs more than 500 staff at its worldwide development centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, and employs a total of 1,300 staff worldwide.