Derry digital firm Learning Pool to recruit 20 more staff

Learning Pool founder and chief executive Paul McElvaney
Learning Pool founder and chief executive Paul McElvaney

DERRY-based e-learning specialist Learning Pool is hiring 20 more staff as is plans to double office space in the historic City Factory and build on its 40 per cent year-on-year.

And the company - founded in 2006 by Paul McElvaney and regarded as one of Derry’s great digital success stories - says it will train up to two million people in 2019.

Learning Pool currently provides online learning services to more than 550 organisations globally, including the likes of New Look, Tesco, Jurys Inn and Specsavers, and earlier this year was selected by the IFA to support the delivery of a world-leading football education programme by 2020.

Chief executive McElvaney says the new jobs (adding to the existing 140-strong payroll) are being created to support Learning Pool’s continuing investment in innovation and new product development.

He said: “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.

"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 two million people we expect to train in 2019.”

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

Louise McElvaney, the firm's director of people and performance, says the new recruits will be able to work in Derry or in any of its satellite offices in Belfast, Hamilton or Nottingham.

“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 says.

“This recruitment 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.”

As well as featuring for the last eight years running in the Deloitte Fast 50 list of fastest growing technology companies in Ireland and the UK, Learning Pool has also been awarded the Gold Investors in People and been listed in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.