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Obtain the minimum requirements in the Leaving Cert. You must also have a clean criminal record. If you are successful in joining, you have to be willing to listen and learn from your instructors who have years of experience.

Being a Garda is a serious job; one where you are tasked every day with the preservation of life and property. This can be dangerous at times, and it is never as glamorous as the television shows where there is always a satisfactory outcome. Sometimes Gardaí get hurt.

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Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012 


Monday, March 26, 2012 




Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today launched e-Skills week 2012 at the ‘eFuture – Inspiring the Next Generation’ event in the Clock Tower Building at the Department of Education and Science.

The event, a joint initiative between ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high tech sector, and Fast Track to IT (FIT) highlighted the importance of e-Skills for students and young adults who are about to embark on their career journey.

Speaking at the event Minister Cannon said: "The European e-Skills week is a great initiative to show people how to get jobs in today’s economy. E-skills are becoming essential in almost every business sector of the economy and are fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. Equipping all our young people with e-skills will play an crucial role in transforming our society.

Highlighting the importance of the eFuture -Inspiring the Next Generation event, Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association said: ‘Campaigns such as the European E-skills week and the Smart Futures campaign are critical to increasing the awareness of the opportunities and jobs generated through technology. There remains enormous demand for technology skills. Over 1900 jobs have been announced by the sector in 2012. Demand for skills in a variety of roles continues."

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ICT Ireland press release, 26/3/2012

 




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