Big winners and bright futures at the 2015 gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards

On April 30th almost 600 of Ireland’s graduate recruiters, course providers and influencers came together in the Round Room of the Mansion House to celebrate achievement and innovation in the graduate recruitment area, on the back of a year which has seen the market rebound considerably as a result of the continuing economic recovery. 2015 marked the largest ever gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards, which were conducted in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

The winners at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015

The winners at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015

Hosted by RTE’s Brian Dobson, the awards ranged throughout the graduate recruitment spectrum and also acknowledged achievement in the postgraduate course provision area. Indeed this area saw the first awards of the evening, the AHECS awards, being presented, the winners being:

Employability Award (Small and Medium Services Category)

Galway-Mayo IT
Careers Module: The Next Step – Transitioning to the Workplace

Silver
Cork Institute of Technology
Joint Mentorship Programme

Employability Award (Large Services Category)
Joint Winners

DIT
Connect, Commit, Communicate: Transition into First Year

Trinity College Dublin
Career Pathways – Transition to Employment Project

Engagement Award
Deloitte

Prior to the awards, guests enjoyed a gala dinner and were addressed by gradireland publisher Mark Mitchell and Minister for Business & Employment, Mr. Ged Nash TD. The Minister was enthused by the efforts of those in the careers advisory and graduate sector, which he said had ‘refused to give up hope’ during the dark days of the economic crisis.

“It is that holistic approach and amalgamation of talents and roles, which has helped rescue this country and pull it out of the worst economic crisis we have ever faced. The people in this room together with all of your colleagues continued to invest in the future. Companies continued to look for better ways of doing things. You took gambles and invested in new technologies. Most importantly you continued to invest in people, hiring graduates even if initially you could only offer internships. You also maintained the continuing professional development of your existing employees assisted in this by our professional bodies. Our universities and institutes of technology continued to produce excellent graduates and tailored their programmes so that these graduates walked away from the campus equipped with the knowledge and skillsets needed for the modern workplace,” he said.

Joint winners of Graduate Employee of the Year, Gráinne Dunne (Abbvie) and Kirstie Gaynor (EMC)

Joint winners of Graduate Employee of the Year, Gráinne Dunne (Abbvie) and Kirstie Gaynor (EMC)

The award winners on the night represented a broad spectrum of Irish and international industry. KPMG landed the award for Employer of the Year, while Google was once again named Ireland’s Most Popular Graduate Recruiter. Stryker was deemed to have the Best Specialist/Professional Graduate Training & Development Programme and Accenture was awarded with Best Internship Programme. The dynamic of the graduate recruitment sector was evident everywhere in the room. Stakeholders in industry rubbed shoulders with course providers, tasked with providing the next generation of talent. Semi-state and public service organisations won awards, testament to their ability to evolve and change in the midst of recent turmoil to make their careers attractive to graduates at a time when recruitment levels were very low. That ability to evolve was referred to by the Minister; “change must never stop and it won’t stop so long as our graduates continue to be guided and shaped by organisations and individuals of the calibre, dedication and talent of those celebrated and honoured in this room tonight.”

The full list of winners (and silver and bronze awards) at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015:

 

The most popular graduate recruiters
Accountancy/Professional Services
Winner
PwC
Banking, investment & financial services
Winner
Bank of Ireland
Consulting
Winner
Accenture
Engineering
Winner
Intel
FMCG
Winner
Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
IT
Winner
Google
Law
Winner
A&L Goodbody
Logistics, transport & supply chain management
Winner
Aer Lingus
Online retail services and telecoms
Winner
Amazon
Retail
Winner
Lidl
Science
Winner
Boston Scientific
Utilities, Energy, Renewables
Winner
ESB
Ireland’s Most Popular Graduate Recruiter
Winner
Google
Best Graduate Recruitment Website
Winner
Gradpublicjobs.ie
Silver
Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Bronze
PwC
Best Innovation on Campus
Winner
Deloitte
Silver
KPMG
Bronze
Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Best Student Marketing Campaign
Winner
Lidl
Silver
Glanbia
Bronze
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Best Graduate Training & Development Programmes
Specialist/Professional Training & Development programme
Winner
Stryker
Silver
William Fry
Bronze
Kerry
Business/General Training & Development programme
Winner
Paddy Power
Silver
Jameson – Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Bronze
EMC
Business Support programme
Winner
Graduates 4 International Growth
Silver
InterTradeIreland
Bronze
Ibec’s Export Orientation Programme
Best Internship Programme
Winner
Accenture
Silver
EY
Bronze
KPMG
gradireland Diversity Recruitment Award
Winner
Dell
Silver
Enterprise rent-a-car
Bronze
Accenture
Postgraduate Course of the Year 2015
Business
MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance
University College Cork
IT
H.Dip in Software Design & Development
College of Engineering & Informatics, NUI Galway
Engineering
Master of Engineering with Business
UCD College of Engineering & Architecture
Science
MSc in Computational Biology
CIT School of Science and Informatics
Best New Course
MA Festive Arts
University of Limerick and Irish world academy of Music and Dance
Graduate Employee of the Year
Overall winners
Gráinne Dunne
abbvie
Kirstie Gaynor
EMC
Graduate Employer of the Year
KPMG
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