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Sales of new cars may not exactly be booming but some marques are still creating substantial numbers of jobs across the industry to meet high levels of demand for technical expertise.

Skoda is the latest to start a recruitment drive – it’s the company’s second in three years.

This time it is looking to take on 24 apprentice technicians to meet demand at several dealerships.

That is on the back of the brand reaching its highest market share in Ireland to date (7.2pc for the first half of the year).

The 24 apprentice technician openings are across 17 dealerships.

Skoda’s increased sales and publicly declared target of becoming a top-five brand have helped generate the need for more staff. They are promising that successful candidates will have an “innovative, dynamic and rewarding career”.

Back in 2016, Skoda created 30 jobs covering a variety of positions, across the network.

Meanwhile, the company says it has made history after providing the Pope with four special Rapid Spacebacks for his two-day visit here as part of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

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