Clonmel firm Abbott honoured at graduate awards

Abbott, which operates the vascular facility in Clonmel, was presented with the Graduate Employer of the Year Award for the third year in a row at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2012 which took place in the Mansion House recently.

Abbott, which operates the vascular facility in Clonmel, was presented with the Graduate Employer of the Year Award for the third year in a row at the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2012 which took place in the Mansion House recently.

This prestigious award recognises excellence in graduate recruitment in terms of how a company attracts, trains, retains and develops graduates within their business. It honours the organisation that delivers on its recruitment promise and consistently meets graduate expectations, including fostering a graduates’ personal and professional development, and developing their employability and skills base.

“Abbott helps people realise their full potential, with training, mentoring, and leadership development programmes that provide support and extensive advancement opportunities. Abbott is committed to the continuous improvement of our Colleges & Universities Programme, working collaboratively with Graduates, Careers Services, Lectures and External Bodies such as gradireland to attract and retain key talent to our company. On-boarding, training & development and talent management are critical components of the overall strategy to ensure the continued success and longevity of the programmes. Winning the Graduate Employer of the Year award again this year is testament to this,” said Margaret Morrissey, Country HR Director, Abbott Ireland.

Connor Barry, an employee of Abbott, was also announced as the Graduate Employee of the Year 2012. The Graduate Employee of the Year award is a significant achievement, awarded to the graduate who has demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative and skill, as well as added significant value and consistently contributed to the business success of their employer.

Connor Barry is a participant in Abbott’s Graduate Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme identifies the highest performing graduates with leadership potential and provides participants an opportunity to apply their skills in different areas and divisions throughout Abbott during four rotations over a two-year period. During the tenure of the programme, participants gain a sound understanding of the Abbott organisation whilst developing their management, technical and interpersonal skills. The programme is tailored to an individual’s talents and interests, and provides a rich and challenging experience that is supported by a dedicated set of mentors.

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious recognition from gradireland. I joined Abbott’s PDP programme in January 2011 and have had a very rewarding experience. The programme has exposed me to a wide range of structured and defined development opportunities, including projects that have made significant contributions to the business, said Connor Barry, Engineering PDP, Abbott.

“I am currently on my third rotation as a Global Buyer in Abbott Nutrition’s Supply Chain, which is based in Columbus, Ohio. My previous rotations were as a Process Development Engineer and a Quality Engineer in Abbott Vascular’s Irish operations. said Connor Barry, Engineering PDP.”

Connor is the first Irish PDP selected to undertake a global assignment in Abbott Nutrition Global Supply Chain, after a highly competitive selection process including PDPs worldwide.

More than 700 graduates apply to the PDP programme each year for 16 places. Graduates from science, engineering and business are particularly sought after, and the company looks for candidates that are dynamic, adaptable and have demonstrated leadership capabilities. Candidates can apply at www.abbott.ie/careers between September and November each year.

The company was also awarded the Diversity Recruitment Award which celebrates how well an organisation has met its stated objectives in developing excellent diversity recruitment practices, campaigns or initiatives.