Monday, 28 November 2016


An Irish company is tapping into the lucrative compliance training sector in the USA, thanks to a new partnership with UL, a global safety science company and market-leader in the States.

HiUp – which launched a job-matching and upskilling app in the Irish market last month, with plans to expand globally – announced details of the partnership today (27.11.16). Brendan Kavanagh, CEO of HiUp, says this partnership has the potential to generate up to $80 million dollars for HiUp.

Commenting on the partnership, Brendan Kavanagh said: “There are over 79 million so-called blue-collar workers in the USA, working across construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, retail, customer service and supply chain management sectors. HiUp has signed an exclusive three-year agreement with UL in to host 1,200 US-accredited courses specifically targeting workers in those sectors. Through our new partnership with UL, we’re aiming to claim 10 per cent of the market share for this category of worker. We’re projecting our revenue from this partnership and others to be in excess of $100 million dollars.”

HiUp will launch in the USA in January 2017 and the partnership with UL will mean jobseekers can undertake regulatory training required for participation in the US workforce. Irish and worldwide jobseekers looking to gain employment in the States will also be able to participate in the training courses accredited by UL.

In addition to targeting US workers, Kavanagh believes that the new partnership has the potential to attract revenue from Irish and European jobseekers wanting to work in the USA. According to Kavanagh, “HiUP’s partnership with UL provides an opportunity for Irish people who want to work in the US, whether as a student on a J1 visa or a skilled worker, to take US accredited courses and immediately start getting notifications of jobs that are available to them now that they have the required certifications. This is true not only for Irish jobseekers looking to work in the USA, but for jobseekers worldwide.”