gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020

For us at gradireland, the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards are one of the highlights of our year. The build-up to the day itself is hectic, but there is always a tremendous sense of excitement and anticipation. It is an evening where we celebrate all the hard work and achievements within the graduate recruitment space on the island of Ireland with our clients and AHECS partners. 

As with a lot of other organisations when COVID hit we initially decided to postpone the Awards until August. But, as we got closer to the date, we realised that with the high level of uncertainty around face-to-face events and with the safety of our clients, staff and attendees in mind it would no longer be possible to host the ceremony.

While we couldn’t hold the Awards in person, we knew that we still wanted to celebrate the success of those who had won this year, so we started to brainstorm. How could we celebrate our clients’ achievements, keep a sense of anticipation and also delight for those who had won? After a lot of thought and some ideas that are probably best never spoken of again, we decided to pack up the awards, hit the road and cross the country to hand-deliver them to the winners.

With some creative license used to find out where to deliver them, we mapped out our route and hit the road. From Dublin to Down, Kerry to Wicklow and a few stops in between we covered almost the length and breadth of the country surprising, delighting and in some cases stunning into silence our winners.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without those who support the gradireland Awards, especially those who made submissions as well as our judges and sponsors:

  • Ahead
  • Aldi Ireland
  • Aon Assessment Solutions
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • CORE
  • Engage People
  • Orangeworks
  • The Irish Times

We look forward to welcoming you all (in person) at our awards next year.

Winners

PwC Ireland: Rosie O’Doherty
Career Boost Programme: Janet Toal
A&L Goodbody: Finola Gallagher-Taaffe
Public Appointments Service: Niall Leavy
Aldi Ireland: Hannah Condron
Amazon: Beth Rodriquez
Musgrave: Siobháin Scanlon
AbbVie: Louise Clarke
Workday: Hélène McArdle
EY Ireland: Cáit Monagher
ESB: Sinead Moloney
KPMG: Paul Vance
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Leslee O’Loughlin
Intel: Chris Collins

Expert panel choices

Best Graduate Recruitment Website

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers

Silver: Aldi

Bronze: KPMG

Best Innovation on Campus, sponsored by Aon Assessment Solutions

Winner: PwC

Silver: EY

Bronze: Workday

Best Student Marketing Campaign

Winner: EY

Silver: Jameson – Irish Distillers

Bronze: Aldi

Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Specialist/Professional Training Programmes 

Winner: KPMG

Silver: EY & PwC

Bronze: Public Appointments Service

Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Business/Management Programmes, sponsored by Orangeworks

Winner: Workday

Silver: Musgrave

Bronze: Ibec Global Graduates

Best Internship Programme <50 intake

Winner: AbbVie

Silver: Workday

Bronze: Aldi

Best Internship Programme >50 intake, sponsored by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Winner: PwC

Silver: KPMG

Bronze: EY

The gradireland Diversity Recruitment Award, sponsored by AHEAD

Winner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Silver: Dell Technologies

Bronze: ESB

The gradireland Graduate Employee of the Year, sponsored by Core

Winner: Aisling Byrne KPMG

Graduate Employer of the Year – graduate programme intake up to 40 in the current year

Winner: Glanbia

Graduate Employer of the Year – graduate programme intake over 40 in the current year

Winner: Career Boost connected by InterTradeIreland

Student voice awards

The most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award 2020

Winner: KPMG

The most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services award 2020, sponsored by Engage People

Winner: AIB

The most popular graduate recruiter in civil & public service/publicly funded bodies award 2020

Winner: Department of Education (Teaching)

The most popular graduate recruiter in consulting award 2020

Winner: Accenture

The most popular graduate recruiter in engineering award 2020

Winner: Intel

The most popular graduate recruiter in FMCG 2020, sponsored by The Irish Times

Winner: Jameson – Irish Distillers

The most popular graduate recruiter in insurance award 2020

Winner: Vhi Healthcare

The most popular graduate recruiter in law 2020

Winner: A&L Goodbody

The most popular graduate recruiter in logistics, transport & supply chain management award 2020

Winner: Aer Lingus

The most popular graduate recruiter in online retail services and telecoms award 2020

Winner: Amazon

The most popular graduate recruiter in retail 2020

Winner: Aldi

The most popular graduate recruiter in science 2020

Winner: Boston Scientific

The most popular graduate recruiter in technology 2020

Winner: Google

The most popular graduate recruiter in utilities, energy, renewables 2020

Winner: ESB

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