Sun Life Financial Ireland has won a national award for “Best Talent Development Initiative” for their involvement in a post-graduate programme entitled “MSc in Enterprise Software Systems”.
This program is delivered through Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and receives support from Waterford Chamber Skillnet (WCS).
Sun Life Financial is a global company providing a broad range of protection and wealth products serving individuals, businesses and institutions, including investments, financial advice and asset management.
Established in 1998, the Sun Life Financial office in Waterford has proven to be very successful, employing 337 people (at December 31, 2016) in software development, business administration, IT security and service desk technical support.
During the Spring and Summer of 2011 Sun Life held several meetings with Waterford Chamber Skillnet (WCS) and WIT and agreed a partnership to create a unique Level 9 programme. Thanks to the hard work from all parties, the time from inception to first enrolment was only 7 months, an incredibly swift turnaround time.
The main objective of the initiative was to produce a valuable certified programme for employees that would advance their skills and move the business forward. Specifically, Sun Life set out to achieve:
- A challenging and ambitious QQI Level 9 qualification.
- Become an employer of choice by demonstrating our commitment to growing and developing employees.
- Produce a pool of talent in Waterford who are capable of delivering on Sun Life’s long term business goals.
- Develop graduates who can succeed in the business and software worlds, both of which are critical to the success of the organisation.
Employee participation is encouraged through a number of innovative support structures such as upfront funding, attendance during working hours, students setting the pace and expansive support from the company. Research findings and best practices are brought back in to Sun Life following graduation of the programme.
Kevin Fitzgerald, Director of L&D, said: “this Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) award recognises the innovation, value, quality and positive impact of the Masters Programme - both directly on Sun Life’s commitment to employee development and maintaining Waterford as a key location in the Sun Life global infrastructure. We very grateful to both WCS and WIT for their continued support of the programme.”
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