gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014

The winners at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014. (All photos by Paul Kelly)

The winners at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014. (All photos by Paul Kelly)

 

Wednesday April 30th saw the 8th annual gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards held in Dublin’s Mansion House. With graduate recruitment experiencing a significant resurgence amongst some of Ireland’s most significant companies, the event was the perfect place for industry leaders, employers, academics and course providers to mix, network and gauge the shape of graduate recruitment today in Ireland. Before the awards, John Herlihy, Head of Google Ireland, made the evening’s keynote address and spoke of the opportunities for today’s graduates in a rapidly changing job landscape and the challenges for employers to remain relevant to a diversifying and ever-changing graduate demographic.

Hosted by RTE’s Brian Dobson, the awards saw 30 presentations made on the evening, the focus of the winning submissions on optimism, creativity and programmes which deliver real career paths for today’s best and most ambitious graduates. It was a particularly special evening for Jameson (Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard), winning awards in 5 categories and emerging with the much coveted ‘Employer of the Year’ award. Other awards were scooped by employers such as Stryker for their professional training and development programmes, Enterprise Rent-A-Car for diversity in the workplace and KPMG for their internships and work experience opportunities. Other major winners included Deloitte, Lidl, Accenture, Amazon, Intel, Bank of Ireland and Aer Lingus.

The Jameson team picking up one of their many awards on the evening.

The Jameson team picking up one of their many awards on the evening.

The awards voted for by students saw several new names break into the 2014 list of gradireland’s Top 100 Graduate Employers, including Jameson and Lidl ranking in the top ten for the first time. Google retained top spot as the most popular graduate recruiter and also picked up the award for the Most Popular Recruiter in IT.

Recognising the quality of the applications received, seven of the most hotly contested judged awards also saw bronze and silver places awarded, with EY and Accenture claiming several on the night. Niall Fitzgerald of Abbott Ireland was named Graduate Employee of the Year and the evening also showcased the achievements of Ava Mahony, winner of the gradireland National Student Challenge 2014.

RTE's Brain Dobson alongside gradireland National Student Challenge winner Ava O'Mahony and gradireland Commercial Manager Gavan O'Brien.

RTE’s Brian Dobson alongside gradireland National Student Challenge winner Ava O’Mahony and gradireland Commercial Manager Gavan O’Brien.

In addition to recognising employers and graduate employees, the awards also recognise the contribution made by course providers. In association with gradireland’s official partners AHECS (Association of Higher Education Careers Services), the evening saw recognition of some of the most dynamic courses provided by some of the country’s most innovative higher educational institutions. Congratulations in particular to University College Cork for taking home two awards in the Postgraduate Course of the Year category. The event, the largest yet, had a great blend of established graduate recruiters and those who are relatively new to the sector or who are seeking to refine their processes. As with everything that gradireland does, the awards seek to reflect the positive aspirations of today’s graduates and blend that optimism with the creativity and dynamism of some of the country’s best employers. Discussion, networking and socialising was the order of the evening, laced with stiff competition, with 168 companies and educational institutions represented at the awards and only 30 scooped awards, so there most definitely was not one for everyone in the audience. Companies shortlisted for the first time will be no doubt seeking to hone their submissions for the 2015 event, and the winners on the night will know that they will need to keep adding to and improving their own offerings to retain their awards next year.

The full list of winners (and silver and bronze awards) at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014:

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in accountancy and professional services

Winner:  Deloitte

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in banking, investment & financial services

Winner: Bank of Ireland Group

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in consulting

Winner: Accenture

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in engineering

Winner: Intel

 

Most popular FMCG graduate recruiter.

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in IT

Winner: Google

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in law.

Winner: A&L Goodbody

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in logistics, transport & supply chain management

Winner: Aer Lingus

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in online retail services and telecoms

Winner: Amazon

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in retail

Winner: Lidl

 

Most popular graduate recruiter in science.

Winner: Abbott Ireland

 

Ireland’s most popular graduate recruiter 2014.

Winner: Google

 

Best graduate recruitment website.

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Silver: Enterprise Rent A Car

Bronze: PwC

 

Best Innovation on Campus

Winner: Deloitte Data Analytics Lab

Silver: EY

Bronze: Accenture

 

Best work experience or internship programme.

Winner: KPMG

Silver: Abbott Ireland

Bronze: EY

 

 

gradireland diversity recruitment award

Winner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Silver: Accenture

Bronze: Dell

 

Best Student Marketing Campaign

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Silver: EY

Bronze: Accenture

 

Best Graduate Training and Development Programmes. Professional

Winner: Stryker

Silver: Deloitte

Bronze: KPMG

 

Best Graduate Training and Development Programmes Business

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Silver: Stryker

Bronze: Kerry

 

Postgraduate Course of the Year for Business

Winner: MSc in Marketing Practice, NUI Galway

 

Postgraduate Course of the Year for IT

Winner: MBS in Information Systems for Business Performance, University College Cork.

 

Postgraduate Course of the Year for Science and Engineering

Winner: Masters in Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, University College Cork

 

Best New Course

Winner: MSc in Translational Oncology Trinity College Dublin

 

graduate Employee of the Year

Winner: Niall Fitzgerald Abbott Ireland

 

gradireland Graduate Employer of the Year

Jameson – Irish Distiller Pernod Ricard

 

 

 



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