Local Authority Graduate Programme - Innovation Strategy & Change Management

In a time of widespread change local authorities, no more than any other public body in Ireland, are faced with having to examine how they deliver their services and whether current practice is the best way to deliver these services and are these services really what the public wants? 

The Local Government Reform Act, 2014 provides for the necessary changes to local authority functions, structures, funding, performance and governance to achieve the overall vision of a local government system that is the main vehicle for public service delivery at local level, leads economic, social and community development and represents citizens and communities effectively and accountably.

Graduates with qualifications in or a strong interest in the areas of innovation and change management can expect to improve their competency by becoming part of an existing project team or part of a start-up project team in the local authority area tasked with examining existing business processes and implementing change 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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