Kerry College and Gardaí Team Up in New Programme

Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) officially launch a new Pre-Garda Programme of Study which will be delivered at the Tralee college from September. Pictured at the launch are: Garda Sergeant Eileen O’Sullivan and Aidan O’Mahony Community Policing; KCFE Principa,l Mary Lucey and Inspector Donal Ashe, Community Policing and Colm McEvoy ETB CEO, KCFE.
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Mary Lucey, Principal of Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) officially launched a new Pre-Garda Programme of Study which will be delivered at the Tralee based college from September.

“This is a wonderful example of a unique and innovative educational collaboration as it will be delivered with input from the Kerry division of An Garda Siochána,” said Ms. Lucey.

Presentations and Collaborations

The Kerry Garda Division will provide a number of presentations and collaborate in the organisation for a trip to Templemore Garda College.

Community Sergeant Eileen O’Sullivan has been instrumental in facilitating this service and Community Garda Aidan O’Mahony will be involved in providing a real-life insight for students on what it is really like to be a member of the Garda Siochána.

Ideal Candidates

“The aim of this programme is that when Kerry College of Further Education Pre-Garda students graduate, they will be ideal candidates to apply and progress to the Garda college and for successful completion of the Garda Training Programme subject to meeting the relevant qualification criteria.

“Kerry College of Education (KCFE) is introducing this programme as they realise that the majority of students leaving school are ill-informed in their course choices in third-level.

No Career Knowledge

“Neither do they have any knowledge of what a particular career is really like when finished a third-level course.

“A large number of students are not suitable or interested in the courses that they are studying and this results in students dropping out or failing exams or alternatively not working in careers for which they are fully trained or qualified for.

Suited and Passionate

“This project will be of huge benefit to the applicants and to An Garda Siochána as those genuinely suited and passionate about the career will emerge successfully from the programme.

Enormous Benefits

“Kerry College of Further Education is honoured that the Gardaí in Tralee will assist the college on this project and the long-term benefits of this programme will be enormous.

“It is wonderful to have the support for individual students on their educational and career journey,” Ms. Lucey concluded.


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