BWG has today announced that colleagues Meghan Rispin and Teresa Dunne, planners within the transport office of BWG’s national distribution centre (NDC), have become the first to sign up to the new Transport Operations and Commercial Driver Apprenticeship. The pair will be part of the first cohort of students in Ireland who will complete the national framework of qualifications linked to the profession of heavy-goods vehicle driving. Recently launched by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and the Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistics, Hildegarde Naughton, the new two-year programme will provide the opportunity for employees to ‘earn as they learn’ to gain a higher-education qualification, as well as their professional driving qualification. Peter Donohoe, chief people officer, BWG Group, said, “We are delighted to support both Meghan and Teresa to participate in further education in what is a first-of-its-kind programme. Currently, the average age of commercial vehicle drivers is over 50, with only 2% of those holding a commercial vehicle licence being women. Therefore, we hope the launch of this new apprenticeship will attract a new generation of women HGV drivers, and BWG Group is very proud to see two of our female colleagues be the first to take this opportunity.”
Nora O’Malley, from Lettermore, Co. Galway, has been named Aramark Ireland’s Healthcare Chef of the Year 2022, reports HospitalityIreland.com. In total, six of Aramark’s healthcare chefs competed against each other in a live cook-off, which took place in the Unilever Chefmanship Centre, in Dublin. The finalists included Roman Borowski, Mayo University Hospital; Himat Singh, Atlantic Technical University; Nora O’Malley, Áras Ronáin, Inishmore; Antonia Ciera Ramos, University Hospital Galway; and Krzysztof Stefanski and Elizabeth Olusona, the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. To mark Coeliac Awareness Week, which took place from 9 to 15 May, the finalists were challenged to prepare, cook and present two portions of a gluten-free dish. The winning dish, created by Nora O’Malley, was a deconstructed mikado, consisting of a coconut crumb, a raspberry marshmallow, and a raspberry gel. The judging panel was made up of Derek Reilly, culinary director for Aramark; Frances Buckley, from the Coeliac Society of Ireland; and Audrey Crone, executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions, who was also the lead judge.
Despite incremental improvement from some sector leaders, the fashion industry’s 30 largest listed companies risk falling short of the social and environmental targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals, a report from the Business of Fashion website showed on Tuesday. “You’ve got some front-runners making small steps of progress, but, fundamentally, the big picture is that the industry is wildly underperforming,” Sarah Kent, chief sustainability correspondent of the Business of Fashion, told Reuters. Fashion brands face increasing pressure from consumers and governments to show that they are doing better on the environmental front, with heightened scrutiny from younger generations, in particular. In its second annual report, The BoF Sustainability Index 2022, the online publication analysed publicly disclosed information from companies in three categories: luxury, sportswear, and high-street fashion. Puma led the report, with the highest score, scoring 49 points out of 100, followed by last year’s leader, Kering, which continued to lead the rankings of the luxury players. Levi Strauss, H&M Group and Burberry – a new addition to the study this year – were next in the rankings.