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IITD Awards 2015


IITD Awards 2015


IITD Awards 2015

Margaret E Ward, was MC for the evening at the 2015 IITD Awards in Kilashee House, Naas, March 6th. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau


Lidl wins top award for learning & development at the IITD Awards 2015

 IITD National Training Awards 2015 presented by Minister Damien English TD

(7th March 2015) Lidl has won the top award the IITD National Training Awards 2015, beating-off short-listed organisations, such as DHL, Keelings, Jury’s Inn, Concern Worldwide & Vodafone Ireland.

IITD Awards 2015

Minister for Skills, Innovation and Research Damien English TD at the 2015 IITD Awards in Kilashee House, Naas, March 6th. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

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The IITD Awards 2015 were presented by Minister of State for Skills, Innovation and Research, Damien English TD, at the awards celebration dinner at Kilashee House Hotel, Naas, on Friday 6th March.

Speaking about Lidl’s triumph, Learning and Development Manager Cathy Behan said: “We were ecstatic to win two individual awards on the night, but the icing on the cake was to win the overall award for Best Learning and Development Organisation. It’s a huge endorsement of the work done by Lidl’s HR team in nurturing the talent we have in the business and investing in the future. Our HR team work tirelessly to maintain high standards in all programmes and deliver the best L&D experience possible so that everyone can achieve their potential.”

IITD Awards 2015

Lidl wins the Overall Award, in the IITD National Training Awards 2015, l-r, Nicola O’Neill, IITD President; Cathy Behan, Lidl; Paul Martin, Lidl and Minister for Skills, Innovation and Research, Damien English TD. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Commenting on what made Lidl stand out as winners, IITD CEO Sinead Heneghan said: “Lidl have developed world class L&D in Ireland, which sees Lidl staff from the USA sent here for training and has over doubled its L&D spend (€3.4m in 2015, €1.3m in 2014). The company stood out too for having an innovative blended learning approach; empowering line managers, and showing that focused, clear values underpin all its programmes.

Congratulating the winning organisations, Minister English TD said: “I complement your talent and drive, you are the best examples of what can be achieved – whether it’s start-ups or multi-nationals, our people is the main reason companies choose to set-up in Ireland, because of the talent built up here in the last ten to 15 years, this is our advantage and our job is to build on those skills.” The Minister said that the National Talent Drive, which promotes continuous personal development with a range of learning including in-house and further education and training is a priority this year, adding:  “we want to see more enterprise-facing solutions in training and development and in the design of new courses; to show people different routes to developing their careers.”

IITD Awards 2015

Pictured at the IITD National Training Awards 2015, March 6th 2015, from Lidl, the overall winners, was Paul Martin, Head of HR. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

The IITD Awards 2015 category winners were:

  • Vodafone Ireland – Best Work Based Learning
  • Concern Worldwide -Best Leadership/Management Development
  • Lidl – Best Graduate Programme
  • Jurys Inn Group – Most Innovative Use of Technology
  • Keelings & Positive to Work Skillnet – Best Back to Employment Initiative
  • DHL – Best Change Management Initiative
  • EA Games (Electronic Arts) – Best Talent Management Initiative
  • ISA Skillnet & DIT – Best Learning & Development – Networks & Groups
  • Action Cancer – Best Learning & Development Not for Profit.
  • Lidl – Best Learning & Development Large Organisation
  • Tourism Ireland – Best Learning & Development Medium Organisation
IITD Awards 2015

Tourism Ireland wins Best Learning & Development Organisation, Medium Enterprises, at the IITD National Training Awards 2015, l-r, Sinead Murray, Tourism Ireland; Marjorie Farrelly, Tourism Ireland; Jim O’Brien, People Partners and Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland.
Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

  • Heartbeat Safety – Best Small Learning & Development Organisation

Now in their 17th year, the IITD National Training Awards are established as the premier award in Ireland for training and people development and are sponsored by Harvest Resources.  In addition, IBEC, Open University, Talent Q and Association for Coaching sponsored category awards while MC on the night was journalist and broadcaster Margaret E Ward.

Awards entries were judged on criteria including the level of resources and investment relative to the size of the organisation; innovation in the delivery of training and development; evidence of the sustainability of learning initiatives, programme design and evaluation of outcomes from T&D activity.

“The awards are also recognition for L&D professionals, as they are the people charged with delivering a world class performance from the Irish workforce, as well as successfully enabling organisations adapt to meet the demands of rapid change and global competitiveness,” added Ms Heneghan.

IITD Awards 2015

The teams from Lidl who received several awards, including the overall winner.
Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Full gallery of Photographs available here:


Mary-Rose O’Sullivan, Rose Communications


Tel: 086 811 4944

Sinead Heneghan, Director, IITD

Tel: 045 881166


Editors Notes

1)            Photographs sent to picture desks and available from photographer Brendan Lyon Photography, tel 087 9650341

2)            About IITD The Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) is the professional body representing training and HRD (human resource development) professionals in Ireland.  Charged with guaranteeing best practice in training and development in Ireland, the Institute’s remit includes the identification, implementation and monitoring of international standards; continual research and bench-marking and the provision of professional education in training and development to influence key stakeholders and policy makers.

3)            Tel: 045 881166,

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