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Working in local government gives you the chance to make a difference for your county, community and country. Wherever you work in local government, you can be sure your work will have a real impact.
About local government
There are 31 local authorities in Ireland, each an employer in its own right. The 31 local authorities employ more than 30,000 people.
Local authorities have responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of services, with a focus on making cities, towns, villages and the countryside attractive places in which to live, work and invest.
Your local authority shapes the strategic vision for their county or city, working in close partnership with other state, public and private bodies.
Local authorities offer true variety and muti-disciplinary opportunities. Our services include housing, planning, community development, arts and culture, economic development, infrastructure, climate action, libraries, amenities, recreation, leisure - to name but a few.
What kind of roles are available?
Local government is a great place to start and grow your career. We have entry-level opportunities for graduates across whole range of disciplines as well as a dedicated graduate programme for specific skills areas – find out more about that below.
Graduate and entry-level career opportunities in local government will allow you to use and develop your education, skills and knowledge right from the start.
As well as the structured Graduate Programme, opportunities for recent graduates span a whole range of areas including:
- Climate action
- Conservation and heritage
- Human Resources
- Finance and accounting
- Fire services
- Building control and surveying
- Information Technology
- Marketing and communications
Whats on offer for you?
Not only are there great roles on offer, but there are also other benefits to working in the local government sector.
We value our employees and want to support them to develop their careers. We offer flexible working arrangements, a positive work environment, training and development opportunities, a defined career path and the opportunity to make a difference.
- Dynamic work environment
We offer a dynamic work environment where you can work with committed colleagues and engage in meaningful and interesting work right from the start.
- Learning and developmen t
Local authorities are committed to providing ongoing learning and development opportunities so that employees can develop to their full potential. Employees are encouraged to expand their existing skillsets via training programmes or gaining extra qualifications.
- Support and inclusion
Equality, diversity and inclusion are core values of the local government sector. We recognise and value the importance of attracting and welcoming a workforce that is responsive, accessible, resilient, and reﬂective of the community it serves.
- Flexible working and leave
Depending on the nature of the work, local authorities may offer blended working and flexible hours. You will also benefit from generous annual leave as well as the opportunity to avail of study leave, paid maternity leave, career break and other leave options.
- Competitive and transparent salaries
Incremental annual salary scales apply to most roles in the local government sector.
- Pension benefits
Local government sector employees are automatically enrolled in a public sector pension scheme.
Graduate Development Programme 2024
As well as graduate and entry-level opportunities across local authorities, the local government sector has a dedicated Graduate Development Programme – a Graduate Programme with a difference.
The Local Government Graduate Development Programme will open for applications in January 2024 and roles will begin in summer 2024.
This is a three-year structured graduate development programme that offers the chance to apply all that you have learned during your degree in specific areas in which local authorities require skills.
The programme recruits graduates to work in one of the 31 local authorities for three years while completing a graduate development programme. You can choose which skills areas and which local authorities you are interested in.
Secure a place on our Graduate Programme and you'll enjoy a host of benefits, including:
- An annual salary of €35,943
- A three-year development programme
- Training and support with a dedicated mentor from day one
- 24 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
- The potential for flexible and blended working
Each person recruited for the Graduate Programme and offered employment with a local authority will receive a three-year fixed-term contract and will take part in a three-year structured graduate development programme that has been designed to meet the needs of graduate entrants to local government.
We want to make sure you realise your full potential and get the most from the graduate programme. An integral part of the programme is investment in learning and development for participants, including accredited training.
So, as well as getting a wide range of on-the-job experience that will allow you to build knowledge, competencies and skills, each participant will be supported to achieve an industry-recognised qualification specific to their area of work. In addition, development and training will be provided through the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) to ensure that participants are supported and encouraged as they start and develop their careers.
We will be looking for graduates with qualifications in a range of skills areas.
- Economic Enterprise and Business Development
- Project and Programme Management
- Innovation Strategy and Change Management
- HR Management
- Communications and Marketing
- Data Analytics and Data Metrics
- Climate Action
- IT Skills
- Community Development
In order to be eligible applicants must have recently achieved a first or second class primary (2.2 minimum) honours degree (level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) which must be directly relevant to the skills area being applied for, by the 31st December 2023.
The next Local Government Graduate Programme will open for application in January 2024. In the meantime, you can check localgovernmentjobs.ie for roles currently available in local authorities or for updates on the programme.
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