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Success at the DMS Awards 2016

Thirty Six Human Resource and Learning & Development Professionals were recognised at the 12th annual DMS Awards on 10th November 2016 for their achievements in completing their Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Professional Qualifications with local centre, DMS Ireland in the past year at a glittering awards evening in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

Amongst industry peers throughout Northern Ireland, the event was also attended by Sue Upton, Membership and Markets Director from CIPD, London.  Sue addressed the audience:  “CIPD Qualifications and membership are internationally respected as representing the benchmark in professionalism in HR and L&D.  We are very fortunate to have a great network of centres such as DMS who educate and train people like you – the HR Professionals of the future.”

Certificates were presented for three levels of qualifications in Human Resources / Learning & Development:  Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.

Lynn Carson, Managing Director of DMS Addressed the audience:  “It has been a pleasure to work with our candidates in the last 17 years and the success of the 115 individuals who have completed their CIPD qualifications/awards with DMS in the past year shows that we continue to add value to the HR&D Profession throughout industry in Northern Ireland.

It was an extra special evening for Mid Ulster Council’s Joseph McGuckin who was the proud winner of the DMS Candidate of the Year 2016 Award.  Joseph has just completed the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management with DMS.

Joseph explained: “Receiving the Candidate of the Year Special Award was a complete surprise.  It is hard work to balance work, study and home commitments and achieving my qualification and winning this award has made it all worthwhile.”     

DMS were delighted to be supported by members of the local CIPD Northern Ireland branch as well as Mary Connaughton, Head of CIPD Ireland and Alison Hodgson, Chair of CIPD Ireland Branch.

DMS also took the opportunity to support Young Enterprise Northern Ireland (YENI) and the event was attended by Jim Eastwood, Ambassador and 2011 finalist in the Apprentice.

Jim Eastwood said:  “Young Enterprise Northern Ireland works with thousands of young people across the province every year to develop their entrepreneurial skills and aspirations, ensuring that they leave education prepared for life or work. Each of tonight’s inspirational winners serve as an excellent example to these young people of how a strong commitment to the learning and development of individuals and teams within an organisation plays a significant role in securing business growth and success.

"On behalf of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, I would like to congratulate each of tonight’s very worthy winners, and to convey my thanks to DMS Ireland for their generous support of the charity.” 

 Jim presented two Special Awards on the evening for HR/L&D Professional of the Year (winner Eimear Cunningham, HR Manager at Telestack) and HR/L&D Team of the Year (winner Neueda Consulting Ltd).

Special Award Winners:

Foundation Level Qualifications:

  • Paula Gowdy, Capita:  Winner of the Foundation Level Award in Human Resources
  • Caitriona Hasson, Sensata Technologies:  Winner of the Foundation Level Award in Learning & Development

Intermediate Level Qualifications:

  • Fiona Scullion, MindWise:  Winner of the Intermediate Level Award in Learning & Development
  • Vicki Sinclair, Pia Rosini Ltd:  Winner of the Intermediate Level Award in Human Resources

Advanced Level Qualifications:

  • Agne Metcalfe, Peninsula:  Winner of the Advanced Award for Employment Law
  • Niamh McCartan, B/E Aerospace:  Winner of the Advanced Award for Human Resource Management

DMS Ireland Candidate of the Year 2016:

  • Winner:  Joseph McGuckin, Mid Ulster Council (successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in HRM with DMS)

Special Entry Awards:  HR/L&D Professional of the Year 2016 and HR/L&D Team of the Year 2016

  • Eimear Cunningham, Telestack:  Winner of the HR Professional of the Year 2016
  • Neueda Consulting Ltd:  Winner of the HR/L&D Team of the Year 2016

DMS would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2016 Awards Sponsors:  Hallmark Solutions, NIJobFinder, Employers for Childcare, Pinsent Masons, George Best Belfast City Airport, Core Consulting, The HR Department, CapitaEquality Commission for NI, Mindwise, Young Enterprise NI and Morrow IT Solutions.

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