23rd September to 30th September

Excel at Growth - Attracting and Retaining Talent Programme, September 2021

by Conscia

Enterprise Ireland - Excel at Growth - Attracting and Retaining Talent Programme 

23rd & 30th September, 2021

In September 2019, Enterprise Ireland launched the Attracting & Retaining Talent workshop, having recognised the increasingly competitive employment market and the need to support our client companies to become more innovative and flexible with how they attract and retain key skills.

In March 2020, Covid-19 triggered a major change in the way we work. The pandemic brought about many unintended challenges as companies around the world were thrust, unprepared and at short notice, into transitioning to a predominantly remote-working workforce. This has had a significant impact on how companies manage and engage their employees. Even as we learn to live with Covid, we are also finding that attracting and retaining the right skills to grow the business remains a priority, with many CEOs citing retention and upskilling of employees as a critical challenge for 2021. (IBEC, January 2021).

Our work with client companies over the past year has revealed that the fundamental principles of sourcing and retaining skills have not changed. What is now required of business leaders, in order to recover from the impact of Covid and continue to scale, is a more nuanced approach to talent management that enables SMEs explore and understand the benefits they can offer as employers and package and market them in an attractive manner to engage candidates. The programme therefore continues to focus on supporting companies attract and retain the best talent for their business within the new normal.

The overall objective of the Attracting & Retaining Talent Programme is to help you build a bespoke Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to support you 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
  • The overall objective of the Attracting & Retaining Talent Programme is to help you build a bespoke Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to support you in the following areas:

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop an Employee Value Proposition for your business, outlining the benefits of working for your company.
  • Be comfortable to use a variety of communication methods and tools to reach prospective candidates.
  • Develop clear job descriptions with key role responsibilities, deliverables, functional and behavioural competencies.
  • Screen and assess candidate fit for roles.
  • 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 Assessment in advance of the workshop to help us tailor the content to your needs.
  • Workshop (Two Masterclasses): highly interactive, engaging half-day sessions delivered over two consecutive weeks, that provide 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 two follow-up one-to-one sessions with Conscia to review your employee value proposition and support you to develop appropriate and practical recruitment/retention strategies and initiatives. Each session will last for one hour and enable you develop an action plan for addressing key talent attraction and retention challenges.

To get the most from the programme, 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 programme 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.

Programme Cost 

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

Programme Dates 2021

  • 10th & 17th June 2021
  • 23rd & 30th September 2021
  • 18th & 25th November 2021

How to apply

To register for any of the upcoming programmes, please click on the relevant link below:

To find out more information, please click here 

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Date & Time

Thursday, 23 September 2021 -
Thursday, 30 September 2021
09:00 - 16:00 GMT


Gaido, Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway City, , H91 HY51, Ireland