Local Authority Graduate Programme - Marketing & Communications

Given the necessity for change there is a need for Local Authorities to communicate the changes being undertaken and the need for such changes to the public and local business communities. Improving the effectiveness of Local Authority’s communication and ensuring greater utilisation of new technologies and media to disseminate knowledge about the work and vital role of Local Authorities in local communities will be vital to improving public service delivery at the local level.

Graduates with qualifications in and a strong interest in the areas of communications, marketing and social media can expect to improve their competency by becoming part of an existing communications team or part of a start up communications team in the Local Authority area 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

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!