April 26th 2018 saw the 12th gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards held at Dublin’s Mansion House, a gala event for over 500 of the country’s leading graduate recruiters, talent developers and industry stakeholders. As always, the awards were held in partnership with the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and this year’s headline sponsor, the Irish Management Institute (IMI). The 2018 event attracted well over 100 high-quality submissions from many of Ireland’s top employers, with a massive 15,000 students, from north and south, participating in the vote to select Ireland’s most popular graduate recruiter, making it by far the largest gradireland Student Survey ever, which was conducted by our research partner trendence.
The awards were presented in two parts; the first pre-dinner segment by presenter Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh and the post dinner segment by RTE’s Brian Dobson, with the winners chosen from across the graduate recruitment sector, reflecting the range of interest in the awards and the quality of the submissions received. Entertainment was provided by the Dublin Concert Band, with an additional acapella pre-event performance provided by The Ramparts.
Professional services firm Deloitte were named Graduate Employer of the Year while Google regained its place as Ireland’s Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in the student vote after two years outside top spot. EY was named as having the Best Specialist/Professional training and development programme, while Glanbia landed the same award in terms of Best Business/Management Training Programme. The Best Graduate Recruitment Website award went to Aldi and Enterprise Rent-A-Car lifted the prize for gradireland Diversity Recruitment Award. The competition for Best Internship Programme, like last year, was divided into two categories, those companies with an internship intake of less than 50 and those with an intake of over 50. Workday were named the winner in the former category, while KPMG took home the award for the latter.The Graduate Employee of the Year Award went to Ross Kerrigan of Musgrave. In terms of the most popular graduate recruiters by sector, some of the winners were; PwC in Accountancy/Professional Services, Jameson-Irish Distillers in FMCG, Aer Lingus in Logistics & Transport and Intel in Engineering. The full list of winners at the 2017 gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards are available here.
The awards are now a firmly fixed event on the graduate recruitment calendar, representing a unique cross-section of industry, including recruitment professionals, employment stakeholders and careers advisors alongside course providers and academics. gradireland Director Mark Mitchell added that “many organisations now recognise that the development of future career potential starts at the point of initial engagement with students. This gives graduates the opportunities to realise their aspirations and our research has shown that nurturing and developing graduate talent is a priority for many companies and the strategic significance of that is recognised at events like the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who took part!”
To see photos of the night visit our flickr page here