Dawn Meats graduates complete custom-made management programme

Twelve of Dawn Meats’ UK-based graduates joined 12 of their Irish counterparts in Dublin last week to complete a specially designed management programme at University College Dublin (UCD). 

The UK-based graduates, who specialise in food science, engineering, agricultural science, animal science, human nutrition, animal welfare, food and consumer studies, law and marketing, learned skills and disciplines that will assist in their chosen career paths.

The industry-first programme was designed and delivered by Agri-Food Advanced Professional Development (Agri-Food APD); a collaboration between UCD, University College Cork (UCC) and the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc).

“We were delighted at the opportunity to work in close collaboration with Dawn Meats, to design and deliver a bespoke programme to further develop the skill set of graduates,” said Professor Dolores O’Riordan, speaking on behalf of Agri-Food APD.

“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 the future leaders of the business.”

The face-to-face training consisted of 20 days, held over a 10-month period, covering elements of supply chain management, traceability, sustainability and food safety. It is hoped this will be the beginning of collaborative training between academia and the food industry to increase industry skills and develop graduates within the sector.

“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,” commented Julie Dowsett, manager at the Agri-Food APD programme at UCD, who coordinated the training alongside Dawn Meats’ group human resources manager Larry Keena.

“Dawn has a long tradition of providing management training to its young managers, and this programme is an excellent collaboration between academia and industry to ensure attendees get a strong grounding in relevant leadership and management skills. It has already proven to be very popular, with the participants and the skills they have learned already becoming evident.”

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