iNua Recruits DS Graduates

Pictured are: (L-R) Ray O’ Callaghan, Manager, DSI Cork; Margaret Greaney, Employment Support Specialist, DSI Cork; Finola McCarthy, General Manager, Radisson Little Island Cork; Deirdre Buckley, Aoife Gaffney, Rosemary Lane – HR Radisson Cork; Sean O’Driscoll, CEO, The iNUA Collection; Susan Mcilvenn, Group Learning & Development Manager, The iNUA Collection; Michael Cullen, CFO, The iNUA Collection; Tracy O’Driscoll, EA, Cliste Hospitality.

The iNUA Collection selected Down Syndrome Ireland as its charity partner in 2019. On Thursday May 26th, they launched their innovative learning workbook, designed with DSI Ability Programme Partnership to be a tool to help their DSI colleagues throughout the hotel group, as well as future potential colleagues, to fulfil their ambitions.

Since The iNUA Collection started the partnership with DSI, they have had eight graduates employed in seven of their hotels, and they plan to expand this in 2022 with further opportunities as the company grows.

Speaking about the partnership with DSI, Deirdre Buckley, Group Director of HR at The iNUA Collection says, "Aoife Gaffney, Head of Employment at Down Syndrome Ireland, has been an invaluable resource in assisting iNUA in making the most of our partnership with DSI from the very beginning, selecting graduates from the DSI Ability Programme Partnership interested in hospitality roles and who were work-ready from their education programme.

"Once we started work with DSI, we were conscious of providing sustainable employment and mapping out learning plans for the graduates, so the idea of the workbook began. Our ethos of development in our hotels is Learn | Evolve |Thrive, and our ambition for this workbook is to be a tool to help our colleagues to maximise their opportunities with us, and perhaps also act as a stepping stone to their next role.

"Seeing colleagues develop skills and grow in confidence along with making new friendships and relationships at work is a key part of working with The iNUA Collection.”