eir Business NI recognised for Managing Talent at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2016

eir Business NI are delighted to have been highly commended in the Managing Talent category at Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2016 last week. Having previously won both Right Place to Work in 2015 and Best Place to Work in 2014, we are thrilled to be recognised this year for our commitment to the development of talent in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News WEA recognises Northern Ireland’s leading businesses representing sectors from energy to architecture, finance to pharma, and banks to beer. A record-breaking number of entries were received in this milestone year, its tenth anniversary.

Senior Stormont politicians Alistair Ross (Junior Minister) and Chris Hazzard (Infrastructure Minister) each delivered keynote addresses. Mr Ross said: “The Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for the Economy, is proud to be associated with these awards and the recognition of excellence. As an Executive, we want to deliver more and better jobs and attract more investment into Northern Ireland. We want to create a better society for everyone and are determined to deliver on that commitment.”

Commenting on the award, Darren Lemon General Manager at eir Business NI said: “As a key player in Northern Ireland’s ICT industry, we recognise the importance of growing and retaining the right skills. Managing talent is a key priority for us both in delivering our own organisation’s objectives, in supporting our customers and in delivering to the future NI economy.

“We provide the opportunity for young people to enter the ICT Market at the first level and follow a well-defined career progression model to secure employment at senior levels. 10% of our current technical staff entered the company through our apprenticeship scheme and over half of our technical team have been promoted at least once.

We work closely with our partners to put in place the right training and support so that we maintain one step ahead. We continue to offer the largest local team of certified Cisco engineers and an unrivalled pool of expertise to design, deliver and manage future-proof solutions for Northern Ireland’s businesses.”

Pictured: Lorraine May, Marian Gapper and Shane Haslem from eir Business NI collecting the Highly Commended Managing Talent – Small Business Award at The Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards from Patrick Kielty and Beverley Harrison from the Department of the Economy