Bord Bia Seeking Recruits For Its Talent Academy; Bord Bia Report Reveals Irish Food, Drink And Horticulture Exports Declined 2% In 2020; Agency To Move To New Office
Bord Bia is seeking recruits for its Talent Academy for careers in Ireland's food industry.
As reported by The Irish Examiner, Bord Bia's Talent Academy was set up to identify and develop talent for Ireland's food and drink industries, and offers successful applicants a funded masters, work experience in Ireland or abroad and a tax-free monthly bursary.
The academy combines academic learning with work experience in companies or at Bord Bia offices at home and abroad via corporate and academic partnerships with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and DCU Business School.
The Irish Examiner quotes Michael Murphy of Bord Bia as saying, "It's not rocket science to know that good people deliver good results, and if we can attract the best talent possible, it gives the industry the opportunity to grow, develop, and win markets.
"Even pre-pandemic, there was very much a war for finding the best talent out there and providing an attractive and rewarding career path."
As reported by The Irish Examiner, the skill focus of the academy's five programmes ranges from international business strategy to sustainability to marketing, sales to innovation to consumer insights to commercial supply chain.
There was reportedly a 20% increase in applications for the academy last year, with 2,700 applications being received for 80 places across its five programmes.
According to The Irish Examiner, applications are currently being accepted for the academy's Origin Green Ambassador full-time programme and its Supply Chain & Account Management full-time programme, which reportedly are 18 months and 23 months in length, respectively, and reportedly offer a "combination of real-world and academic learning, blending block release modules and continuous project work".
Ideal candidates reportedly will have a minimum of three years' work experience, but said experience reportedly does not necessarily have to have been within the food industry.
The Irish Examiner quotes Murphy as saying, "We are really looking for people with a keen interest in the retail or food industry, people who are ambitious for themselves and for the industry.
"There is very much a need to be attracting the best possible talent, so we can drive the industry forward, toward very ambitious targets."
Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2020/2021
In other Bord Bia news, according to The Irish Examiner, the annual Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2020/2021 has revealed that exports of Irish food, drink, and horticulture declined 2% in 2020 and were, valued at €13 billion, down from €13.2 billion in 2019.
The figures reportedly underline the dividend of a decade long diversification strategy that has led to Ireland achieving a broad global base for food and drink exports, now reaching more than 180 countries.
Increases reportedly have been recorded in the value of Irish dairy, pigmeat, and sheepmeat exports, along with considerable increases in the value of exports to Africa and the Middle East.
Additionally, according to The Irish Independent, later this year, Bord Bia will leave its current office on Dublin's Lower Mount Street, the lease of which reportedly expires this year and the state agency reportedly cannot stay on the site due to a planned redevelopment.
According to The Irish Independent, Bord Bia cannot reveal the location of its new office because legal formalities are still to be concluded, but it is understood that the office will be in a central Dublin location that is within walking distance of Bord Bia’s current office.
According to The Irish Independent, Bord Bia has posted a request for tender for proposed works at an office to fit out an area that is 2,600 square metres in size, and the works would involve creating an open plan office space, meeting rooms, informal meeting spaces and break out areas, a canteen area, and tea/coffee stations.
The tender reportedly states that works will be completed by the end of November of this year so that Bord Bia can occupy the space in December, Bord Bia reportedly said that costs for the fit-out are not currently known, and reportedly added that value for money is important in this move, and it will reuse as much of its existing furniture and equipment as it can.
According to The Irish Independent, Bord Bia also said that COVID-19 has impacted how it works, and it will incorporate the learnings from the last year of remote working to develop new working practices and policies that best serve the industry and its clients, customers and stakeholders.
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