Local Authority Graduate Programme - HR Management

Local Authorities are at the forefront in the ongoing process of modernisation in the public service, operating in an environment where standards and citizen expectations are very high, coupled with significantly reduced resources since 2008. The demand for quick and accurate responses, comprehensive information, greater transparency, accountability and value for money has increased and focuses attention on the most effective use of one of the key resource of the Local Authorities, their employees. A need exists within the sector to continually drive organisational performance improvement including employee contribution to such performance. 

Graduates with qualifications and or a strong interest in the areas of Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development can expect to improve their competency by becoming part of an existing HR section in the Local Authority where they gain a placement. 

In order to be eligible applicants must,on or before the 31 December, 2018 have recently achieved a first or second class primary (2.2 minimum) honours degree (level 8 on the National Framework of  Qualifications).


Applicants must complete the standard application form provided by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA). The form will require that all applicants provide the following information,

  • Name & contact details
  • Qualifications obtained and educational history
  • Details on previous employment history
  • Confirmation of which vacancies in 11 local authorities (up to a maximum of 5) you are applying for
  • A short text-based description of how you believe your qualification is relevant to the skills area(s) you are applying for?
  • Complete the signed declaration confirming that you haven’t availed of public service scheme or incentivised early retirement.

Once submitted applicants will be asked to undergo some or all of the following processes as part of the recruitment process,

  • shortlisting based on the relevance of your qualification to the skills area being applied for;
  • a competitive interview;
  • any other tests or exercises that may be deemed appropriate.

Candidates successful at the interview stage were to be placed on a panel(s) from which future vacancies may be filled.  The regional panels for each of the four skills areas will be active for 12 months with individual local authorities being able to fill any vacancies which arise post commencement up to a cut-off point of 9 months.

Closing date for applications: 26th October 2018 at 3pm

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