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Talent Programmes

Supporting professional growth in the Irish food and drink industry

Bord Bia's Talent Academy programme is an initiative that hothouses executive talent to create a pipeline for the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry. Bord Bia Talent Academy offers a range of world-leading post-graduate opportunities for over 80+ participants to create and maintain a talent pipeline for the industry. The Bord Bia Talent Academy currently offers 4 scholarship MSc Programmes each focusing on key food industries. (The four programmes are: International Graduate Programme, Marketing Fellowship Programme, Insights and Innovation Programme and the Origin Green Ambassador Programme).

Who is it for?

You might be eligible if: 

  • You are a Bord Bia client in the food, drink or horticulture sector
  • You are looking to upskill in the food, drink or horticulture industry
  • You are an international customer (programme permitting).

Eligibility is subject to terms and conditions.

What do you get?

A resource placement lasting between 7 to 15 months (client/customer - programme permitting) that will deliver support to your business, provide fresh thinking, and assist in the following key challenges:

  • Market Insight: deliver real market, trade, consumer and sustainability insights for Irish food and drink companies to inform the development of their sustainability strategies and business development decisions.
  • Talent Acquisition and Development: attract, recruit and develop the new talent with strategic capability for the future of the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry.
  • Reputation: enhance the reputation of the Irish food, drink and horticulture sector among existing and potential customers as a source of high quality, sustainably produced food and drink products with the capability to deliver the highest levels of customer service.

What can it be used for?

  • Accessing new talent and skills, fresh thinking, and innovative ideas
  • Support on a specific project in your organisation, e.g. new product development/launch, sustainability initiatives, market entry/business development.

*This support is for Bord Bia client companies only. To become a Bord Bia client company and avail for these supports, please send a Client Request Form accessible here: Registration form and the Client Engagement team will individually assess the request

To become a Bord Bia client, companies must have a turnover over €100k and manufacture in Ireland. Access to specific supports and services can be limited depending on interest and availability. Some of the supports require a 50% contribution

Most supports require that companies are Origin Green verified members to be eligible to avail for the support. To request more information please access Bord Bia at

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If this sounds like the right support for your business, call our dedicated hub for more details on how to apply.

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