Kirby Group Engineering
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About Kirby Group Engineering

Founded in 1964, Kirby is a mechanical and electrical engineering contractor. We operate in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe, and directly employ over 700 highly-skilled employees. Kirby Group provide full mechanical and electrical contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services – 

How We Work

At Kirby we understand that the key to our success is our people; they are our most valuable asset and we continually empower them to be the very best they can be. Employee retention and progression are key aspects of our HR policy and the length of service and engagement levels among Kirby employees reflects the positive working environment enjoyed by all. We strive for and achieve best in industry levels of retention and internal progression. Our 50+ years of success and continued and sustainable growth is built on this foundation. We recognise the importance of continually developing and training our people and provide in-house training, external courses, and degree and masters level programmes to maximise each employee’s potential. However, Kirby also excels in providing on-job development through the provision of: • Challenging assignments • A flat team-work based work structure • A friendly, fun and candid approach to dealing with challenges • An opportunity to have real purpose and create value for our clients, our community and the business • Experienced work colleagues who are the best at what they do and are willing to share their experience with others

Investors in People Award

Kirby has been awarded gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management. Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Kirby, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Kirby should be extremely proud of their achievement.” Commenting on the award, Fergus Barry, Kirby Group Head of Human Resources, said: “It is a privilege to gain this gold standard accreditation. Our success has been built on a focus, over many years, on delivering true value and operational excellence for our clients. We achieve this by deploying teams of highly engaged and high performing people who strive for excellence.” Founded in 1964, Kirby is a leading Mechanical and Electrical engineering contractor with operations in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe. The company, with a turnover of €165m, delivers high-value engineering and construction services and directly employs over 700 highly-skilled professionals. For more information about Investors in People please visit

Learning and Development

Kirby invests heavily in learning and development. We provide excellent learning and development opportunities to new and existing staff members to help maximise their potential as they progress in their current and future roles within the company. Kirby operates both Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes, which offer excellent opportunities for candidates to gain industry experience with a market leading company.

Graduate Programme

Kirby is seeking bright, resilient, achievement-focused engineering and commercial graduates with the ambition to become technical, commercial industry leaders. We have designed a new and innovative Graduate Programme that provides you with the challenge and opportunity to grow your career.

Apprenticeship Programme

The purpose of the Kirby Apprenticeship Programme is to develop the best and brightest apprentices to become world-class craft professionals. We ensure that our apprentices receive excellent technical training, graduated practical work challenges, superb coaching and mentoring, and quality personal development and support. We are a leading recruiter of apprentices in Ireland and launched our first UK apprenticeship in 2016. Kirby seeks bright, action oriented, analytical candidates who are interested in how and why things work and who are practically minded and enjoy working with their hands to become apprentices and to develop into world class electrical, mechanical and EI / instrumentation site professionals. To apply for the Kirby Apprenticeship Programme please visit out careers page