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Ballyhoura Development Graduate Development Programme

Graduate opportunities

Ballyhoura Development CLG, the Local Development Company, operating in east County Limerick and north east County Cork, is recruiting graduates for a Graduate Development Programme, which will run for 18 months from mid-2019.

The Graduate Development Programme will offer recent graduates the opportunity to apply their academic and professional learning and skills to enhance and improve the community fabric and environmental and economic sustainability of the Ballyhoura area.

Graduates will apply their learning and skills in a dynamic, innovative real-life work environment and meet, develop and accelerate their potential to make positive community led, local development projects and programmes happen.

What does Ballyhoura Development do?

Ballyhoura Development’s mission is to work in partnership to develop empowered and inclusive communities that inspire and embrace new opportunities, drive positive sustainable social, environmental and economic change and reduce inequalities, thereby making the Ballyhoura area an attractive location in which to live, do business and visit.

The company’s purpose is to foster, support and drive Community Development, Economic Development and Environmental Development, in partnership with, and to benefit communities, individuals and businesses in the Ballyhoura area.

These three strategic development objectives are achieved by delivering a range of programmes, projects and initiatives across six thematic areas:

  1. Community Development
  2. Economic Development
  3. Training and Lifelong Learning
  4. Environmental Development
  5. Children, Families & Well Being
  6. Tourism, Recreation and Culture

Ballyhoura Development source local, regional, national and EU funding to support the delivery of services. Some of the programmes delivered by Ballyhoura Development include:

  • Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 (LEADER)
  • SICAP – the national Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme
  • Tus
  • Ballyhoura Job Club
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Women’s Rural Entrepreneur Network
  • Health Care for Women
  • Digital Skills for Citizens
  • Community Enterprise Initiative
  • Local Training Initiative
  • RurAction

Where does Ballyhoura Development operate?

Ballyhoura Development operates across 52 communities in east County Limerick and north east County Cork. The catchment consists of a mix of peri-urban communities, traditional market towns and their hinterlands and more remote rural communities. The geography covers a wide area from Castleconnell in north east Limerick to Mitchelstown and its hinterland in the south, and from Granagh and Croom in the west of the area, across to the Tipperary border.

The company’s head office is in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, with community outreach offices in Kilmallock and Cappamore in Co. Limerick, and in Charleville and Mitchelstown in Co. Cork.

 What will I be doing?

Graduates will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of experienced, diverse professionals to:

  • Initiate, facilitate, enable and co-ordinate collaborative programmes and projects to address identified social, environmental and economic needs in the Ballyhoura area
  • Design, develop and implement innovative local development initiatives
  • Coordinate, deliver, drive, lead and manage effective and efficient delivery and governance of programmes, projects and initiatives

On the job, practical learning will be a core element of the graduate experience. Graduates will be doing and delivering real work, in a deadline-driven environment, and will be expected to manage a high volume of work, through learning and gaining skills in planning and managing time and resources. Learning, understanding and implementing administration, governance and compliance processes, procedures and systems will be integral to the role.

Graduates will be required to participate and attend workshops and other community and rural training and development policy sessions, and may be required to participate on collaborative, inter-agency groups.

The nature of the work will require flexibility and some out of hours evening work will to be required. However, a Time Off in Lieu policy will apply.

What does the Graduate Development Programme offer?

The Graduate experience will be varied, challenging and fulfilling. Graduates will have the opportunity to work across the broad range of activities to gain exposure, experience and skills across the range of community, rural, economic, environmental and social inclusion programmes delivered by the company.

Graduates will work in a supportive environment to develop their professional knowledge and skills. However, high levels of individual responsibility and autonomy are important in Ballyhoura Development, and while graduates will benefit from mentoring, training and support, this opportunity is best suited to those with high levels of drive and initiative.

Graduates will have the opportunity to benefit from both formal training and learning and on the job skills and knowledge acquisition, and to develop and hone their skills across a diverse range of programmes, projects and initiatives suited to their skills and career aspirations.

By developing key networks and relationships with local communities and clients, conducting research and analysis, leading projects, administration, initiatives and events, along with other varied interactions and activities, graduates will develop their professional knowledge, competencies and skills, while supporting clients and communities to progress.

Graduates on the programme will report to a Development Manager who will direct, support and guide their work, while experienced colleagues will support Graduates on a day-to-day basis. All participants will benefit from an individualised training and skills development plan for the duration of the programme.

The Programme, as well as providing a strong foundation for further development through the support of colleagues and management, will be supported by regular performance support and review to enable participants to grow and develop.

 What are we looking for?

Ballyhoura Development is a community led local development company, and the supports delivered by the company are all designed to increase awareness, improve knowledge and increase uptake of opportunities available to community groups, individuals and businesses in rural communities.

This role will be challenging and will require confident graduates that are professional, client-focused and highly motivated. Graduates will need to demonstrate the capacity, energy and enthusiasm to deliver personal development supports to individuals, business focused supports to local entrepreneurs, and support to volunteer led community initiatives by using their excellent communications, network and relationship-building skills, coupled with a teamwork and flexible approach.

The Ballyhoura Development Graduate Development Programme will suit individuals who enjoy being challenged, developing solutions, working with and for people, are excited by trying new things, pay attention to detail and importantly, understand the role of and need for administration and governance in public funding.

Successful applicants are likely to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Ability to build, develop and maintain relationships

The programme will place you as a Development Officer working with others across the organisation. You will need to build relationships at all levels, both internally and externally, and demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Creativity and innovation

Ballyhoura Development believes that staff tend to be most effective and motivated when they are working on projects and programmes which excite them, and which provide them with a challenge in line with their skillset. We are seeking participants who are keen to get to grips with a range of different individual, business and community challenges, bring their own perspective and use their interests and expertise to deliver positive change.

  • Initiative and drive

Ballyhoura Development’s operating environment is demanding and high levels of drive, commitment and integrity are required of all staff. You will be expected to demonstrate and work to the same high standards.

  • Flexibility, adaptability and focus

Graduates will engage in several roles and projects. You will need to be adaptable as you work within different teams – for example, paying close attention to administration detail but also being able to think about the bigger picture.

  • Delivering results

Graduates will need to be able to collaborate, solve problems and see a task through to completion.

  • Presenting and communicating

Ballyhoura Development recognises the value of hearing diverse views, one of which will be yours. You will be expected to express your opinion and contribute to our decision-making process. During the Programme you will be analysing information, and writing and presenting to various audiences in a clear, concise and persuasive way.

 Who Can Apply?

The Ballyhoura Development Graduate Development Programme welcomes applications from recent graduates, from across all disciplines, who fulfil some or all of the following:

  • Have a graduate degree, post-graduate qualification, Masters’ or higher
  • Graduated after 2017, 2018 or expect to graduate in 2019
  • Will be available from Mid-2019 for 18 months
  • Are legally entitled to work in Ireland

People from all educational backgrounds are welcome to apply. Disciplines that will be particularly relevant include rural development, business, marketing, social sciences, journalism & PR, environmental sciences, information technology, renewable energy, community development, food science, tourism, heritage, engineering, culture, arts, and archaeology.

Terms & Conditions

  • Graduate Programme placements will last for a total of 18 months
  • A probation period of 6 months will apply
  • The salary for the Graduate Development Programme position is €24,000-€26,000, with the starting point depending on qualifications and experience
  • Annual Leave entitlement of 23 days per 12 months
  • The number of graduates accepted to the programme each year will be determined by the quality of applicants and the available resources

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Programme are now open. The closing date is Friday 29th March 2019.  Applications accepted by email only to

Applications should include:

  1. A detailed cover letter, outlining:

(1) why you would like to participate in the programme
(2) why you believe you are suitable
(3) what you believe you can bring to the role

Max 3 x A4 single pages.

2. A CV – Max 3 x A4 single pages

Placement on the Ballyhoura Development Graduate Development Programme will be subject to verification of meeting the eligibility criteria, along with short-listing and competency assessment throughout the recruitment, selection and placement stages, as appropriate.

Please note: All successful applicants will be required to undergo Garda Vetting. A full driving licence, or progress toward same, is desirable.

If you have any questions, please email Maura Quane, Corporate Manager, Ballyhoura Development CLG at


The Development Officer will be responsible for designing, developing and delivering integrated supports to clients (communities, individuals and businesses), across a range of rural development and social inclusion initiatives, projects and programmes, throughout the Ballyhoura Development area, in line with the company’s core economic and community development strategies.

A detailed job specification available here Job Description Development Officer

To apply please send CV and cover letter by email only to

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 22nd March 2019

Canvassing in any form will disqualify.

Ballyhoura Development is an Equal Opportunities employer. A panel will be formed.

Community Support Workers(Administration) RSS

Based in our outreach offices in Kilfinane or Kilmallock. This is a Rural Social Scheme position, eligibility rules apply.

If you wish to find out more about the Rural Social Scheme contact Ballyhoura Development in confidence on 063 91300 or Email