Billings, Jennifer (2006) An exploration of the experience of ethnic minority applicants in a recruitment and selection process to An Garda Síochána. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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This study investigates the experience of people from ethnic minority communities in a recruitment and selection process to An Garda Siochha which commenced in September 2005.
10 interviews were conducted with applicants for the position of trainee Garda. The interviewees were from a range of applicants of non Irish backgrounds who reached different stages in the recruitment process which was undertaken on behalf of the Garda Commissioner by the Public Appointments Service.
The findings show issues specific to different ethnic groups and adds to the evaluation of the recruitment and selection process and makes suggestions based on the results of these case studies to help develop alternative approaches at all stages in the recruitment process which may help increase participation of ethnic minorities in public service employment campaigns.
In addition suggestions are made for the implementation of a change management programme to ensure the development of an organisation culture which embraces diversity in order that the organisation can achieve the strategic goal of ethnic and cultural diversity as outlined in the Corporate Plan of An Garda Síochána for 2005-2007.
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