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Aligning your graduate programme with your organisational culture

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gradireland, in partnership with HPC, are delighted to present "Aligning your graduate programme with your organisational culture".

You’ve successfully attracted top-quality graduates into your organisation through your on-campus activities, work at graduate fairs, social media campaigns and a brilliant selection process. Your graduates will start work with you full of energy and expectation for what their graduate programme will bring them, eager to build a career with you. But now the hard work starts. How will you build a development programme for your graduates that builds their capability and reflects your organisational culture? How will you make sure that at the end of the programme that your graduates remain eager to build a career with you and that you don’t suffer widespread attrition?

During this session, event sponsor HPC’s Kevin Hannigan will share insights from HPC’s design and delivery of award-winning graduate development programmes and show practical ways that your graduate development programme can be enhanced to build capability and engagement. Other panellists who will share their perspectives include Kevin Henry, Learning & Talent Manager, Permanent TSB and Cathy Watts, Graduate Attraction & Development Manager, Kingspan Group plc. They will discuss the fundamental role of graduate development and how getting it right from the outset creates engaged graduates who are more committed to building long-term career paths within the organisation.

Hosted by

  • Team member
    Ruairi Kavanagh

  • Guest speaker
    Kevin Hannigan Head of Talent Consulting @ HPC

    HPC has been providing people development solutions for 40 years, partnering with clients to create a high-performance culture that has a positive impact on business growth and personal development. Kevin works with clients to develop, deliver and evaluate bespoke solutions that drive performance across their business. He is a highly skilled consultant and facilitator with a wealth of experience in designing the systems and processes that support effective learning, measurement and talent development. In addition to working with senior leadership teams, emerging leaders and frontline managers, Kevin works with organisations to align their graduate experience to their EVP, talent strategy and organisational strategy. Before joining HPC in 2013, Kevin was Head of Learning and Development for Matheson where his work was recognised with a number of National Training and gradIreland Awards .

  • Guest speaker
    Kevin Henry Learning & Talent Manager @ Permanent TSB

    Kevin is a senior member of the HR Leadership team in Permanent TSB, a leading Irish retail financial services organisation which has been recognised several times in recent years by both the CIPD and IITD for best practice in HR. Kevin has over 20 years experience in HR and is recognised as an expert in aligning people initiatives with organisational objectives. He has particular expertise in culture change, learning & development and talent management. Kevin has led a significant number of high impact HR interventions as a consultant and functional lead and is particularly passionate about empowering leadership at every level in the organisation.

  • Guest speaker
    Cathy Watts Graduate Attraction & Development Manager @ Kingspan Group

    Cathy is responsible for the annual graduate attraction campaign (global) and managing the groups global graduate development programme. She has been working with Kingspan since September 2017. Prior to that she worked in graduate recruitment and intern development in the financial services field in Ireland and across EMEA, for approximately 6 years.

  • Guest speaker
    Siobháin Scanlon Early Careers Manager @ Musgrave

    Siobháin is a senior member of the Talent, Learning and Development team in Musgrave and manages all aspects of Early Careers development, from 2nd level engagement to Musgrave’s multi award-winning Graduate Programme. She has over 18 years’ HR experience, including 8 years’ experience in attracting, recruiting and developing graduates. As an ICF qualified coach, Siobháin has a particular interest in empowering graduates to take ownership of their personal and professional development goals. In 2021, Musgrave was recognised as the gradireland Graduate Employer of the Year up to 40 intake in addition to Max Darby winning the Graduate Employee of the Year. Before embarking in HR, Siobháin worked in a variety of roles and industries in Spain and Ireland.


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