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A month of celebration for the Musgrave Graduate team

April was a month of celebration for the Musgrave Early Careers team with the Musgrave Graduate Programme being recognised by awards from both the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and gradIreland.

On the 20th April, the Musgrave Graduate Programme won the Best Talent Development Initiative at the 2018 IITD National Training Awards (Irish Institute of Training & Development) presented in Kilashee House Hotel, Naas and supported by Harvest Resources.  

In its 20th Year, the IITD Awards are the industry standard for excellence in learning and people development in Ireland and the team were delighted to have the Graduate Programme recognised, with particular praise for the  level of commitment from the Musgrave Board of Management to people development; the focus on creating visible career paths for individuals involved and the alignment of development with strategy, recognising how facilitating people to work to their ability and potential is how to best recognise and nurture future skills.

Commenting, Siobháin Scanlon, Early Careers Manager, Musgrave said “As an employer of talented individuals committed to Growing Good Business, talent development is integral to our philosophy and way of working.  We have an opportunity to shape and nurture new talent who can in turn work with us to create an exciting future for food in Ireland. By including all of our people in this project we strive to ensure a winning experience for our graduates, our line managers, and the board – positively impacting on everyone involved in our business”

This success was followed by the awarding of Graduate Employee of the Year to Ross Kerrigan of Musgrave, at the 12th gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony held at Dublin’s Mansion House later in the week. 

The gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards was a gala event for over 500 of the country’s leading graduate recruiters, talent developers and industry stakeholders 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. 

Ross, currently in the second year of the Graduate Programme with Musgrave, is a key member of the store development team, contributing to the ongoing programme of store development and revamps which are central to the business strategy.

“We are delighted that Ross was recognised at the awards. At Musgrave there is a great sense of energy and a hunger for growth and leadership within the business, which is inspiring for graduates and all colleagues alike. We encourage and invest in our people ensuring they have the tools and the confidence to grow with our business. Our success this week is reflective of our graduates’ success in aligning themselves with our business and contributing to our growth as we face, with enthusiasm, what promises to be an exciting future for retail.” Matt O’Callaghan, HR Director Musgrave.

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