Institutes of Technology in Ireland which teach professional cooking / chefing

In general, at third-level in Ireland:
  • Universities offer provide study in academic and professional-level subjects
  • Institutes of Technology offer study and training in practical / technical subjects, leading to degree and diploma qualifications
  • Regional Education and Training boards offer courses in practical subjects, leading to certificate qualifications.
Most professional cooking course are taught in institutes of technology (IT's).

Not every county or area has its own IT.   The IT's don't all have the same courses, and they don't all teach chefs / professional cooking.  And they are all organised differently, so the name of the department or school which teaches chefing is different, too.

Below is a list of the ITs that do have courses for people who want to become chefs, and the name of the school or department which runs these courses.

Changes to employment laws in Ireland in March 2019

Some new laws about employee rights apply from 4 March 2019 - thanks to the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018,

This is a plain English list of the main changes.

If you need more information, see a full explanation of the changes here.

Please note:  the Staff-Wanted network aren’t lawyers - and this is very simple description of the changes.   If you think there is a problem with these new laws and your job, then you need to check the details with a lawyer: do NOT rely on this article.)

What does the new law say

Most of the changes are for people who work part time, temporary or casual jobs - exactly the ones that are listed on Staff-Wanted.

Very roughly:

  • You must get a written contract within  five days
  • Zero hours contracts aren't allowed  (but there are exceptions)
  • If you're called, you should get at least three hours pay
  • If you work more hours than you contact says for 12 months, then your should be changed.
  • Minimum wage is basedon your age, not working time after age 18.

Read on for more details about how these rules will work.

Where to find government jobs in Ireland

Although there are some centralised recruiting services, there is no one place to look for government jobs in Ireland.

This is a list of places that government jobs may be advertised - and many are also advertised in the same way as non-government jobs.
  • Public Appointments Service (PAS)
    Officially "the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service, Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies" - this website lists many, but certainly not not all, public-service jobs.
  • City and county councils all list jobs on their own website:  there is one attempt at a central website ( - but it only has jobs from a few local authorities.
  • Regional education and training boards - again, there is no central website for jobs in these bodies.   You need to check each region separately.
  • ActiveLink - produces a weekly bulletin of social care volunteering and paid work vacancies.  Many of these jobs are government funded.  People who work for them are often paid on government pay-scales - but are employed by charities / non-government-organisations etc, not the government. 

Happy Birthday!

We're a year old!

The Staff Wanted network has been sharing jobs advertised in "shop windows" in Galway city for a year this week- so it seemed like a good time to celebrate, and look at what's been achieved so far.

To date ...

We've listed 813 jobs (more coming later today), got 329 followers on Facebook and 155 in Twitter.   Our home page has been viewed 38,437 times - and we've lost count of the number of views of individual jobs.   A blog has been started, and lots of ideas for useful posts have been written down.

Where did Staff-Wanted come from?

The idea was dreamed up back in 2010, when Ireland was deep in a recession, professionals were expected to work for free on "Job Path", and some hospitaility employers were offering one-week unpaid "job trials" after which no one was ever hired.

An unemployed inner-city-based IT worker was learning about websites, and wondered about using one to share the job-advertisements around the city with people who couldn't afford to travel in to job-hunt every day - and to avoid being ripped of.  A few friends tossed the idea around, the first website was set up, and a few job-adverts were even posted.   But the time wasn't quite right, gathering job-info was slow, and some paid work came up to keep people busy.

Fast-forward to late 2017, and suddenly the time, skills and opportunity came together:  the website was re-vamped, policies revised, and the much-improved mobile phone cameras and Facebook gave the whole idea a boost.

What next?

A few ideas are in the works.   It would be great to take the idea to another location, and possibly work with a community group or job-club gathering job listings.   Some "how to" tools are being developed, to help people who work in jobs that are typically advertised in "shop windows" - and people who employ them.

The basic will stay the same though
  • Only jobs which could be, advertised by hanging a sign outside the workplace: 
  • No scraping from other jobs websites (or Facebook pages) - this isn't a replacement for career websites
  • Genuine, legal, paid-work vacancies only
  • No commission selling
  • No unpaid work-experience programmes.

In the meantime ... let's celebrate!