Economic Enterprise and Business Development

Local Authorities have always played a key role in supporting local enterprise and helping small and medium enterprise to grow. This is in addition to the provision of various Local Authority services to non-domestic customers. The Government, in order to leverage the experiences of both the Local Authorities and the County & City Enterprise Boards formally (in April 2014) launched the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s) in each Local Authority.

The LEO’s represent a transformation of the support for small enterprise across every county. Each LEO is tasked with developing a local plan for boosting enterprise. The ambition is to maximise entrepreneurship and job creation at local level. Key targets in the local plan will be new business start-ups, business expansions and jobs created or sustained as well as wider economic impacts such as exports, mentoring, training and enterprise promotion. The Local Authorities will also bring new initiatives and opportunities for supporting local enterprise. In addition to the work of the LEOs other business units within Local Authorities are seeking to deepen their economic and business development focus.

Graduates with directly relevant qualifications in and a strong interest in Economic Enterprise and Business Development can expect to improve their competency by becoming involved in the important work of these business units in developing and deepening their business community facing focus in the coming years.  Applicants interested in a position with a LEO should note that if assigned to a rural local authority they will need to be in a possession of full drivers license (with no endorsements) and be able to provide their own transport as work in rural LEOs may result in work related travel within the County. Local Authority staff who use their own transport in the course work related travel are reimbursed at the prescribed public sector rates for travel & subsistence expenses.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the standardised application form provided by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) who are organising the Graduate recruitment competition on behalf of the 31 local authorities. The form will require that all applicants provide the following information,

  • Name & contact details
  • Qualifications obtained and educational history
  • Details previous employment history (if any)
  • Confirmation of which post(s) in which local authorities in each of the 7 skills areas that you wish to apply for? Applicants will be asked to select up to and rank in order of preference a maximum of 5 local authorities in no more than 2 regions for each skills area being applied for.
  • A short text-based description of how you believe your qualification is relevant to the skills area(s) that you are applying for?
  • Complete and sign the declaration.

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

  • Shortlisting of your application based on the direct relevance of your qualification to the skills area(s) you have applied for.
  • A competitive interview in the region(s) you have selected.
  • Any other tests or exercises that may be deemed appropriate.

Candidates who are successful at the interview stage will be placed on a panel from which future vacancies will be filled. The regional panels for each of the 7 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:  17th December 2020 at 3pm

Job Scheme/Locations                

Carlow County County; Cavan County Council; Clare County Council; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; Donegal County Council; Dublin City Council; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council; Galway County Council; Kerry County Council; Kildare County  Council; Kilkenny County Council; Leitrim County Council; Limerick City & County Council; Longford County Council; Louth County Council; Mayo County Council; Meath County Council; Monaghan County Council; Offaly County Council; Roscommon County Council; Sligo County Council; South Dublin County Council; Tipperary County Council; Waterford City & County Council; Westmeath County Council; Wexford County Council; Wicklow County Council

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