Three Lurgan women have won top awards at a prestigious ceremony to recognise staff in the human resources arena.
Elaine Armstrong, Catherine Cassells and Veronica Toal had their professional training and development achievements recognised at a ceremony organised by DMS Ireland, along with 46 candidates who successfully completed CIPD Qualifications this year.
Elaine Armstrong, from NACCO Materials Handling, completed the Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Catherine Cassells and Veronica Toal of Land and Property Services, received their certificate for the Foundation Award in Coaching & Mentoring.
This year’s event was a special occasion as the Human Resource & Development profession celebrated 100 years of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
Karen McMillan, CIPD Director of Market Development for the UK said: “What a year to land your graduation, the CIPD’s Centenary year, standing here on the closure of one century of the CIPD and facing off into the next.
“We now have 134,000 members and as a group of professionals, we’ve collectively come a long way.
“There has never been a more exciting time to be in Human Resources and people like you who have chosen this profession as your career clearly agree.”
Lynn Carson, Managing Director of DMS Ireland said: “For those of you who have successfully achieved your professional recognition, it is special in that you have reached your goals and we have had a contribution in helping you to achieve those goals.
“We continue to provide flexible work-based qualifications, encouraging reflective practice and in turn, embedding continuous improvement for the individual and the organisation.
“The candidate is encouraged to make recommendations and feedback to the organisation so that it too will benefit from the qualification in terms of added value.
“We are constantly encouraging our candidates to align with the business, this is vital going forward.”
Lynn said a recent survey revealed that business priorities are changing over the next three years with innovation and technology deployment becoming a key focus of attention and what HR will be focusing on to achieve these business priorities.