Graduates take up contracts at Wexford County Council

By Esther Hayden

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

The meeting at County Council buildings on March 30 will be the first in a series of engagements with interested parties.
The meeting at County Council buildings on March 30 will be the first in a series of engagements with interested parties.

Five graduates have recently taken up two-year contracts at Wexford County Council as part of a national programme aimed at providing graduates with experience of working in the local authority service.

These appointments are the result of a recent recruitment process which has seen more than 120 graduates offered employment in various local authorities throughout Ireland.

The initiative is aimed at graduates with a primary honours degree (NFQ level 8) and a professional interest in one or more of the following five skills areas; Economic Enterprise and Business Development, Project and Programme Management, Innovation Strategy and Change Management, HR Management and Communications and Marketing.

The Local Government Management Agency in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration has designed a structured Graduate Development Programme covering the two year contract period to meet the demands of graduate entrants to local government.

The programme will provide the necessary opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge through a combination of on-site; office-based; project specific experiential learning: formal training and accredited sector specific education. There is also a significant mentoring element to the Programme.

The structured development programme will take place over the two year fixed-term employment contract period and will be delivered by each participating local authority. The aim of the development programme is to ensure that at the end of the two year period each of the graduates will have demonstrated their competence in their chosen area of expertise.

'The opportunity for graduates to gain relevant and appropriate work experience in their chosen field is key to their success in gaining employment', said Wexford County Council Director of Services Tony Larkin. '

The local authority Graduates Programme will provide valuable opportunity to graduates to work within the fast-paced and ever changing environment of the local government sector and to apply their skills and knowledge to the challenges of this dynamic workplace.'

In addition to the above positions, Enterprise Ireland has also recruited a number of graduates on a two year contract of employment. These graduates will be placed in the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and Wexford is set to benefit from these appointments. These places will be filled in the coming weeks.

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