Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (208)

David Cullinane

Question:

208. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if the recent graduate recruitment campaign run by the Local Government Management Agency was open to applicants with graduate degrees, including higher diploma, postgraduate diploma and master's degrees; if applicants presenting such qualifications were deemed to have met the stated academic requirement; the rationale used to determine if the academic requirement was met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2440/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The qualifications for the recent Local Authority Graduate Programme run by the Local Government Management Agency required that applicants would at time of application be able to demonstrate that they had on or before the 31 December 2020 a recently achieved first or second class primary (2.2 minimum) honours degree (level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Each application was assessed on an individual basis to determine if they met the essential requirement of an Honours degree. Where queries arose in relation to the assessment of qualifications presented, these were considered on the basis of definitions provided by Quality and Qualifications Ireland which is the national agency responsible for qualifications.

Applicants who were deemed ineligible were entitled to appeal the decision if they so wished.