The Awards

Scroll through each category to view our full range of awards. To download the How to enter pack, click here

The Expert Panel Awards

All graduate employers are eligible to enter one or more of the below awards and each category has its own unique judging process. Each year the interest in and competition for these awards has intensified.

To recognise this competition and acknowledge the quality of submissions, gold, silver and bronze awards are now presented for the categories listed below.

Best Graduate Recruitment Website

Best Innovation in Graduate Recruitment sponsored by AON Assessment Solutions

Best Student Marketing Campaign 

The gradireland Diversity Recruitment Award sponsored by AHEAD

Best Internship Programme – intake up to 50 in the current year 

Best Internship Programme – intake over 50 in the current year sponsored by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Specialist/Professional Training Programmes 

Best Graduate Training and Development Programme – Business/Management Programmes sponsored by Orangeworks


A single winner is presented in the following categories:

The gradireland Graduate Employee of the Year sponsored by CORE

Graduate Employer of the Year - graduate programme intake under 40 in the current year sponsored by IMI

Graduate Employer of the Year - graduate programme intake over 40 in the current year 

The Student Voice Awards

voted for by students 

The winner of each award is determined by an online student poll conducted by our research partner Cibyl and we have captured over 20,000 votes in 2020.

These awards recognise the most popular graduate recruiters in the following fifteen categories:

Accountancy/Professional Services

Banking, investment and financial services sponsored by Engage People



FMCG sponsored by The Irish Times



Logistics, transport and supply chain management

Online retail services and telecoms

Public service/Publicly funded bodies




Utilities, Energy, Renewables

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