A great start to his Garda dream for ambitious Daniel
I heard that when they started to recruit you would need qualifications, he says
DANIEL Fitzpatrick is keen to follow a family tradition of joining the gardai, or, perhaps, the Army, but when he left school two years ago there was a recruitment embargo.
It forced him into creative thinking about his next step, and he visited Cavan Institute, which has a large portfolio of further education/ Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses.
"I looked at all the courses and I found security. I heard that when they started to recruit again you would need qualifications and security was a good place to start"." said Daniel.
And, according to Daniel, "it has been a brilliant start".
Daniel (19) of Carrigallen. Co Leitrim has completed a Level 5 in security studies, followed by a Level 6 in security operations and administration.
Students are prepared for the academic nature of Garda Siochana training, or the Defence Force officer training, including law, health and safety, behaviour studies and security procedures.
The courses include extensive work placements, which, for Daniel, meant time in Scotland under an EU programme, which has started him on the road to getting his UK security licence. Students also get to work at large public events in Cavan and Dublin, including, last October, the Australia Ireland International Rules Match in Cavan.
By the time they graduate, many students have already secured job offers and Daniel is now working in Cavan Hospital as a security specialist, with patients who may be a danger to themselves or others. "It is like being a carer, and it is very interesting work", he said.
Daniel is also considering a progression to degree courses such as psychology or criminal law, in the knowledge that he better qualified he is, the greater his chances of becoming Garda Daniel Fitzpatrick.