Bord Bia has reported a surge in interest in its post-graduate masters’ programmes with a 20% increase in applications last year. Over 2,700 applications were received for almost 80 places across the five programmes in the Bord Bia Talent Academy. Each participant receives a fully-funded masters, guaranteed work experience in Ireland or abroad, plus a tax-free monthly bursary. Applications close for its 2021 International Graduate Programme on 29th January with closing dates for further programmes to be announced in the coming months.
Bord Bia CEO, Tara McCarthy says that the Talent Academy programmes are proving especially popular amongst young people who are seeking purpose-led careers. “The Talent Academy was established to help identify and develop executive talent for Ireland’s thriving food and drink sector. Its programmes address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry including sustainability, supply chain efficiency, research and innovation – areas that are critical for Ireland generally, and which particularly resonate with younger people.
“The strength of our offering is a huge appeal. Combined with the potential for international travel, it undoubtedly heightened interest last year when COVID-19 restrictions interrupted the plans of so many new graduates, as well as those with a few years’ work experience who were looking to make the next move in their career,” Ms McCarthy added.
Through corporate and academic partnerships with leading Irish Business Schools, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and DCU Business School, the Bord Bia Talent Academy combines relevant academic learning with guaranteed hands-on work experience with companies or at Bord Bia offices at home and abroad. Its five individual programmes offer a specific skill focus and flavour, ranging from international business strategy, sustainability, marketing, sales, innovation and consumer insights to commercial supply chain. Information on each programme as well the application details can be found on the Bord Bia Talent Academy website.