The Irish Early Career Awards 2017 were launched today by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
Entries are open to young professionals in organisations across Ireland under the age of 35. The Awards aim to provide an opportunity to recognise and showcase exceptional achievement and professional contribution across accounting, financial services, legal, entrepreneurship, marketing, HR, IT, consulting, engineering, construction and banking sectors.
The awards are judged by a panel of experts representing top global and Irish companies and leading organisations across Ireland including Emmet Ryan (Editor of the Sunday Business post tech magazine Connected), Marissa Carter (Cocoa Brown founder), Pat Gilroy (Managing Director at Veolia) and Lawrence Hickey (Chief Financial Officer at Digicel Group Limited).
Entries to the awards will be accepted until 5.30pm on Friday, September 22nd, and entry forms are available online at www.earlycareerawards.ie/categories. The finalists will be announced in the week commencing 16th October 2017. After that, judges will select the 13 winners and on Thursday the 2nd of November the overall winners will be announced at a celebratory gala in the Mansion House in Dublin.
Speaking at the launch, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said, "We should always aim to encourage and celebrate talent and excellence within the workplace. Irish people are known for our strong work ethic and our young and highly skilled workforce has played a really important role in building Ireland’s reputation as a great place in which to do business."
He added, "These Awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight the success, innovation and excellence of the high achieving young professionals across Ireland and also I hope that many organisations across the country will get involved and nominate their talented employees for this year’s Awards."
The awards are sponsored by KBC Bank and Lincoln recruitment.