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Pictured at the launch of this year’s Excellence in People Development Awards at the Naval Base in Haulbowline, Cobh are representatives from the Naval Service, EMC and Olive Media - all are EIPD Awards 2014 winners.

Organised by NSAI, the Excellence in People Development Awards recognises Irish organisations’ world-class commitment to people development.  The awards are a Government Action Plan for Jobs initiative to recognise the remarkable employee development work that goes on within business.

Speaking at the launch, Fergal O’Byrne, Head of Business Excellence at NSAI, said:

“Now entering its second year, the Excellence in People Development Awards are an opportunity to celebrate success and highlight outstanding achievements by organisations, both large and small. The awards are a fitting acknowledgement for the commitment shown by Irish organisations to standards of excellence. Investing in staff creates a knowledge based, efficient workforce which in turn leads to many benefits for organisations. The Excellence in People Development Awards recognises the commitment shown by Irish organisations to standards of excellence and it reinforces Ireland’s ability to excel on the world stage.”

Last year, the Naval Service’s Diving Section was recognised for their success in designing an internationally recognised programme to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Commenting on today’s launch, Lieutenant Commander Conor Kirwan, Officer Commanding L.É. Orla and former Officer-in-Charge, Naval Service Diving Section said:

"The Naval Service has led the Defence Forces in the area of certification for the training and education of our people over the last number of years. However, the EIPD Awards allowed the Navy to compete against private companies and organisations nationally. Our success has provided confidence in our ability to develop innovative avenues for the further education of our people. Furthermore, this award supports our belief that, within the Naval Service, our people will always be our greatest asset."

Finalists will be invited to a national awards ceremony on 3rd December, where each winner will be presented with an award.

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