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We asked James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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  James Sheridan

The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright


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150 Garda recruits commence training at Templemore today

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150 Garda recruits commence training at Templemore today

Monday, April 11, 2016 

150 Garda recruits commence training at Templemore today

150 successful Garda recruits will commence their training at Templemore Garda College this morning. 

Under the latest recruitment campaign which closed for applications in January this year, 16,651 people applied to join An Garda Síochána with 5,463 female applicants. As well as targeting the recruitment campaign at men and women all over Ireland and the Irish diaspora, An Garda Síochána made a significant effort to attract people from minority communities and under-represented groups to ensure An Garda Síochána reflects the changing composition of Irish society.

The new trainees will now undertake The Student/Probationer Training Programme, which is delivered over 104 weeks and lead to a B.A. in Applied Policing which is accredited by the University of Limerick.

Video: A Career with An Garda Síochána

The initial period of 34 weeks comprises a block period at the Garda College and includes two reading weeks.

The remainder of the training takes place predominately at selected Garda Divisions with specific periods of tuition built in and annual leave included at specific times.

The programme is delivered using a problem-based learning approach. For the duration of the programme and beyond, students enter a contract of employment with An Garda Síochána.

The trainees will study modules including:

  • Foundations of Policing
  • Professional Competence I
  • Crime & Incident Policing I
  • Policing with Communities I
  • Road Traffic Policing I
  • Station Roles and Responsibilities I
  • Officer and Public Safety
  • Professional Competence II
  • Crime / Incident Policing II
  • Policing with Communities II
  • Road Traffic Policing II
  • Station Roles and Responsibilities II
  • Professional Competence III
  • Law and Procedures
  • Policing with Communities III

The programme is delivered through lectures and classroom-based sessions, as well as a programme of problem solving scenarios and learning by doing.

Academic and Professional Assessment

Throughout the programme, Student/Probationers undergo mandatory academic examinations and professional assessments. Student/Probationers are required to pass all examinations and assessments in order to progress to the conclusion of the programme.

Is a career with An Garda Síochána for you? Watch this space for regular updates.

The CareersPortal Team