Discover Industrial and Employee Relations
Graduate Opportunities

About the Role

The Public Service Industrial and Employee Relations Graduate Programme supports the development of graduates who can operate for and on behalf of the Government in the management of Industrial Relations (IR) and Employee Relations (ER). Participants will have the opportunity to pursue a professional career path and gain the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage employee and industrial relations matters in the Public Service.

The programme commences in September 2020 and runs over two years, combining practical work experience rotations with the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised Professional Diploma in

Industrial and Employment Relations (Level 8).

Programme participants will gain experience and insights into the complex public service IR/ER operating environment as they participate in rotations across a diversity of public service organisations and gain unique exposure to the work and structures of the Workplace Relations Commission.

The programme is open to graduates with a Primary Honours Degree or Master’s Degree in any of the following disciplines:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Employee/Industrial Relations
  • Business Studies
  • Employment/Legal Studies

The Public Service Industrial and Employee Relations Graduate Programme will commence in January 2021.

Salary:  €33,053

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Grade:   Administrative Officer

Location:   Dublin

Opening Date:   18/09/2020

Closing Date:   28/09/2020

The Industrial & Employee Relations Experience

Kate Lynam Jones
Department of Defence

I studied Business and Irish at DCU and gained an MA in HR Management at the National College of Ireland. In my role within the Department of Defence, I now get direct, hands-on experience of conciliation, arbitration as well as complex industrial relations issues and practices.

That might mean crunching data, reviewing and analysing findings, forecasting pay agreements and delivering recommendations to senior managers. And I’ve only been here 5 months!

My role is so varied, from day-to-day pay queries to challenging high-level negotiations. Management actively encourage learning and development which is great for self-development and my CV – but they also encourage ‘autonomy, mastery and purpose’ three of the most fulfilling motivators for anyone’s career.

Application and Recruitment Process

Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for this campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section of the Information Booklet, and by reading the FAQ section below.

To apply for this campaign you will need to complete an Online Standard Application form. You will then be asked to complete an Online Detailed Application Form. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements, but the process will consist of:

Step One

Register on – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

Step Two

Click "Apply Now" for the Graduate Industrial & Employee Relations Specialist

Step Three

Complete the application forms (Standard and Detailed), before closing date 3pm on Monday 28th September, 2020.

Step Four

View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your profile.

Step Five

Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

Step Six

Stage 1 - Shortlisting (early October) – Numbers Dependent

Step Seven

Stage 2 - Invitation to Video Interview & completion of Video Interview (early October)

Step Eight

Stage 3 - Invitation to Assessment Centre and completion (Mid November)

Information Booklet

For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.

Programme Brochure

For further information on the breakdown of the programme across the 24 month period, please download the Programme Brochure.


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