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WAM Leader Awards 2023

The WAM Leader Awards 2023 took place on the 16th August in the Museum of Literature Ireland.  The WAM Leader Awards are given to employers to recognise their contribution in faciliating WAM placements and promoting the employment of graduates with disabilities for 2022-23.

WAM partnered with 15 major employers in securing over 60 positions for graduates with disabilities in 13 counties. Over 400 applications were made last year with over over half  of applicants invited for interviews. Over 230 staff from companies here present engaged in WAM specific training and another 550 attendees at WAM Employer events.  WAM also launched the development of a route to permanency for Civil Service and a new partnership with the local government sector.

Collage of 4 photos - one of leader awards, a graduate speaking, a group shot of employers and CEO speaking to the room.

The WAM Leaders 2023 

  • AbbVie
  • Allianz
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Bord na Móna
  • Civil Service Employers
    • Department of Agriculture, Food and The Marine
    • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Social Protection
    • Department of the Taoiseach
    • Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
    • Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform
    • Houses of the Oireachtas
    • Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
    • National Shared Services Office
    • Office of the Revenue Commissioners
    • Ombudmans for Children's Office
    • Public Appointment Service
  • ESB (ESB International and ESB Networks)
  • Local Government Employers
    • Local Government Management Agency
    • Cavan County Council
    • Donegal County Council
    • Leitrim County Council
    • Kerry County Council
    • Waterford City and County Council 
  • NTMA (National Treasury Management Agency)
  • Optum Ireland 
  • Pfizer
  • VMWare

Congratulations to all of our WAM Leaders! 

Photos of the WAM Leaders Awards

WAM Leader Awards 2023

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