A group of 24 participants on the Dawn Meats graduate trainee scheme have completed a customised new business management programme at UCD.
The programme, which is an industry first, was designed and delivered by Agri-Food Advanced Professional Development, a collaboration between UCD, UCC, and Teagasc.
Waterford-based Dawn Meats has run in-house young manager training courses for 15 years, working closely with the Irish Management Institute.
Agri-Food APD’s Prof Dolores O’Riordan said: “The participants were selected from a range of business areas within the company and their positive feedback on the programme was very encouraging.
“We look forward to working with Dawn Meats in the future to deliver graduate programmes designed to develop future leaders of the business.”
Dawn group HR manager, Larry Keena, and Agri-Food APD programme manager at UCD, Julie Dowsett, co-ordinated the training. The 20-day face-to-face training was held over 10 months and covered elements of supply chain management, traceability, sustainability, and food safety.
Graduates were developed in areas of leadership, management, communication, innovation, and lean business principles. The hope is that this is the beginning of collaborative training between academia and the food industry to develop graduates in the rapidly changing food sector.
Mr Keena said: “We place a lot of emphasis on hiring high-quality graduates and ensuring they get the best of training when they come to Dawn Meats. The programme has proven to be very popular with the participants and the skills they have learned are already becoming evident.”
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