Caring in Ireland, 4,266 new Healthcare Assistants needed in 2018

With the shortage of qualified Healthcare Assistants increasing in Ireland, employers are now looking to recruit from accross Europe and provide the necessary training required.


Nursing homes in Ireland need to hire an extra 4,266 healthcare assistants this year, and they are now looking accross Europe to do this. 

To obtain employment as a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland you will need to have the necessary training. 

If you want to work in the Nursing Home, you will need to commence a Major Award at Level 5 or an equivalent course, the following awards are relevant.

City & Guilds Level 3 diploma is the equivalent to FETAC level 5

This award will enhance your personal growth and development and so undertake your role with greater confidence.

To achieve a full Level 3 Diploma, you must complete a number of units to gain 58 credits, this is made up of 28 credits from mandatory units and 25 from optional units to reflect working practice.

Learners must be employed in a care environment to achieve this award as it requires assessment in a real work setting.

For an EEA national looking to pursue a career as a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland the City & Guilds Diploma Health & Social Care is a more suitable route as it will allow you to start your position as a Healthcare Assistant after 4 days of intensive training, followed by the completion of the Diploma online with an assessment in a real work setting. 

This means you can be earning while you learn and complete you Diploma.

Current Vacancies

Presently there are vacant positions for Healthcare Assistants all across Ireland, with nursing Home in 

  • Co. Dublin
  • Co. Wicklow
  • Co. Meath
  • Co. Westmeath
  • Co. Louth
  • Co. Laois
  • Co. Longford
  • Co. Offaly
  • Co. Cavan
  • Co. Monaghan
  • Co. Sligo
  • Co. Galway
  • Co. Cork


all presently hiring Healthcare Assistants