Applications for the Irish Language Assistants programme are now closed

Every year, we seek to recruit fluent, and preferably native speakers of Irish to work in schools throughout Northern Ireland to help support the teaching and learning of Irish.

Successful applicants are matched to placements offered by schools for one academic year only, after which they may re-apply to the programme for a further year. Hours of work per week depend upon the requests we receive from schools and upon your own availability and mobility.

A year as an Irish Language Assistant is an ideal opportunity to:

  • Gain teaching experience
  • Enhance your career
  • Develop essential transferable skills
  • Contribute to your own personal development

Employ an Irish Language Assistant in your school 

The Irish Language Assistants programme is open to all schools in Northern Ireland where Irish is taught. Assistants will be in post from 1 October 2022 – 31 May 2023 and are contracted for 12 hours a week.

Introduce an Irish Language Assistant into your classroom to boost motivation and develop learner confidence. You can see more information through our salary  and the role of an assistant  pages.