Details of the latest Garda Trainee recruitment drive are now available. An Garda Síochána is setting out to be a "magnet employer" with the announcement of its 2016 campaign, in which 600 new members will be enroled.
"We've always attracted way more applicants than available positions," Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said today. “We want to build on that, attracting people from every strand of Irish life to help us renew our culture while retaining our best traditions."
Few organisations can offer such a wide variety of career options, experiences, and training and educational opportunities. “When I joined An Garda Síochána in 1981, I was one of a tiny minority of women," the Commissioner said today.
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"Now, over a quarter of Gardaí are women. I hope that trend continues, just as I hope we get lots of applications from every strand of Irish society. Why? Because we are of the community and should reflect the changes in our communities. We already have different nationalities and backgrounds represented in An Garda Síochána, but not enough. I want people of every background, right throughout the country, to think about joining us and help to make us a beacon of modern policing."
|An Garda Síochána will be working with the Public Appointments Service to reach as many potential applicants as possible through publicity, social media activity and engagement with representative groups.
“Being a Garda can be an incredibly rewarding career," the Commissioner added. "It's about working with the community, and protecting and supporting individuals and communities. It also demands courage. And, above all, it demands high standards. Culture cannot be imposed from the top – we need all our people to work with us to create an organisation that attracts and rewards people of the highest calibre."
There are currently more than 500 trainee Gardaí studying for a BA in Applied Policing. Over 290 of these are attested and serving in local communities.
When the moratorium on Garda recruitment ended in 2013 over 24,000 applications were received for an initial 300 posts. According to the Commissioner, that is partly because of the variety of roles within the service, ranging from Community Policing to Detective work and Forensics , from working with our Dog Unit to being part of the Mounted Unit. Secondments to overseas police services and to the United Nations offer further career development opportunities.
Educational requirements (As of November 2015)
(A) Have obtained an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at ordinary level*, or
(B) have a Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or
have a recognised qualification (at level 5 or greater), deemed comparable to the above in terms of both level and volume of learning as determined by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
Must have a proven proficiency in two languages, one of which must be Irish or English. Such competency may be proven by achieving the relevant grades in an Irish leaving Certificate, or for English or Irish through such assessments as set out by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).
*Subjects taken at Foundation Level
Leaving Certificate are not
considered equivalent for entry to this competition. In certain cases a Pass in the Applied Leaving Certificate may be deemed equivalent to an Ordinary Leaving Certificate. In addition, applicants must also have proven proficiency in two languages as set out in (d) above.
The Public Appointments Service may verify the validity of qualifications other than the Irish Leaving Certificate with QQI. Applicants should not contact QQI directly. Candidates may however refer to www.naric.ie
which offers advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.
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HOW TO APPLY
Applications to join An Garda Síochána must be made through Public Jobs. Full details of how to apply for the positions are available here .
The closing date for application is Tuesday, 5th January 2016.
As part of this recruitment there are three application streams i.e.:
(ii) Fluency in the Irish Language and,
(iii) Eligible Serving Garda Reserve Members
Full campaign details are available here
Read more about increasing number of female Gardai.
Source: Press Release
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