Excel at Growth - Attracting and Retaining Talent Workshop

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About the Workshop

With recent CSO reports highlighting a continuing fall in the national unemployment rate, and more and more companies seeking to increase headcount, the environment for attracting and retaining talent and skills has become increasingly competitive.

A recent CIPD HR Practices in Ireland survey (CIPD, 20171) found that almost four out of five respondents across both public and private sector have experienced skills shortages. In addition, ISME (20162) reports that two in five SMEs believe one of the biggest obstacles to their growth is the ability and resources to employ the right staff.

In this difficult recruitment market, it is of growing importance that indigenous companies become more innovative and flexible with how they attract and retain key skills. (Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, 20183).

This workshop aims to support SMEs to explore and understand the benefits they can offer as employers and package and market them in an attractive manner to engage candidates.

The overall objective of the Attracting & Retaining Talent workshop is to support client companies attract, develop and retain the best talent to support the growth of their business. Participant companies will learn how to implement and manage an effective recruitment process to attract, select and onboard the key skills they require to grow their business. They will understand how to engage and retain key talent though establishing an appropriate culture, development and career progression opportunities.

Specifically, the workshop aims to build a bespoke Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to support client companies in the following areas:

    • Build a structured and robust talent management process to attract and engage key talent into your organisation.
    • Enable you to compete effectively for skills and engage with the right talent for your business.
    • Help you identify, implement and manage an appropriate recruitment strategy within your business.
    • Build understanding on how to retain your key talent once they join your business.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop and follow-up session you will be able to:

    1. Develop an Employee Value Proposition for your business, outlining the benefits of working for your company.
    2. Be comfortable to use a variety of communication methods and tools to reach prospective candidates.
    3. Develop clear job descriptions with key role responsibilities, deliverables, functional and behavioural competencies.
    4. Screen and assess candidate fit for role.
    5. Put in place appropriate initiatives to engage employees across the business.


Training Provider

The workshop will be delivered by Conscia - a specialist recruitment and talent management agency focused on supporting companies to attract, retain and engage the best talent.

The Conscia team led by Ryan Williams, Graham Morris and Deirdre Fennelly combine over 50 years’ experience helping companies understand, build and deploy winning Employer Value Propositions across Irish, European and Global markets.



Pre-Workshop:  You will be asked to complete an online Talent Diagnostic in advance of the workshop to help us tailor the content to your needs.

One-day Workshop:  This is a highly-interactive, engaging workshop that provides a clear direction on how you can attract and retain skills within your business. Conscia will share a variety of tools, templates and case studies allowing you to shape the workshop content to suit your business needs.

Post-Workshop:  Each participant company is offered a two-hour follow-up one-to-one session with Conscia to review your employee value proposition and support you to develop appropriate and practical recruitment/retention strategies and initiatives.

To get the most from the workshop, we strongly advise that you:

a)  Bring senior colleagues who have responsibility for recruiting and developing employees.
b)  Complete the pre-workshop diagnostic and/or reading requested by Conscia.


Who should attend?

This workshop is targeted towards Founders, CEOs, MDs, HR Managers and other senior managers responsible for recruitment, employee development and engagement.

Please note that participants will be required to undertake preparation work in advance of the workshop and between the workshop and follow-on implementation sessions. Details will be provided to participants both on registration and at the workshop.


Workshop Cost                                                                                                             

Enterprise Ireland supports the overall costs. Companies pay €300.  Companies are welcome to bring more than one member of their senior management team to support the implementation of the learning in-company.


Workshop Date

  • Q4 2020 (to be confirmed)

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More Information and Contact

Attracting and Retaining Talent Brochure

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For further information, please contact:

Karen Hernandez

People & Management Lead

Enterprise Ireland

Karen Hernandez

+353 1 727 2577

Lola Ade-Onojobi

People & Management Lead

Enterprise Ireland

Lola Ade-Onojobi

+353 1 727 2527


1CIPD (2017) HR Practices in Ireland.
2ISME (2016) Ireland – 2016 SME Sector Recruitment Report.
3Lincoln Recruitment Specialists (2018) Maintaining competitiveness in a talent-driven market. Salary & Employment insights 2018.

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