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Talent Development

As a company, our responsibility is to identify the individual talents of our people and offer them the opportunity to develop and reach their full potential. Training and development is an essential part of this. We encourage all of our employees to embrace learning new information and skills, no matter what stage they are at in their Smurfit Kappa careers or whatever their level in the organisation.

All of our Group programmes run annually in Smurfit Kappa under the label ‘Smurfit Kappa Academy’. Our Group Training and Development Programmes provide a snapshot of what Smurfit Kappa can offer employees who have the ambition to progress. Many more programmes are available in all our countries, arranged by our HR community.


Graduate Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to engage with graduates from all functions early in their Smurfit Kappa careers and provide them with increased exposure to the company. The Graduate Workshop is designed to ensure that our graduates, can begin to experience the breadth of Smurfit Kappa and gain a better understanding of the possibilities that the company can hold for them as they develop their careers.


Advanced Management Development (AMD)

The Advanced Management Development (AMD) programme is set up to nurture high potential talent across the Group and enhance their experience at Smurfit Kappa. The curriculum of internal and external presentations and workshops presents a significant opportunity for the participants to learn more about aspects of Smurfit Kappa outside of their day-to-day work and to develop both personally and professionally.


Global Manager Programme (GMP)

This programme supports the successful on-boarding and development of our management community. Participants from across the Group join the programme after an appointment to a management position. The programme comprises a varied schedule to ensure that these managers are equipped with the tools and information that they need to be successful managers at Smurfit Kappa.


Open Leadership

The Smurfit Kappa Open Leadership programme is a recent addition in the Group training offering. Smurfit Kappa has partnered with INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools, to design a fully customised programme based on the Smurfit Kappa Open Leadership model. The model is a result of a one-year project involving Smurfit Kappa leaders at all levels in the organisation and identifies nine key capabilities that are considered vital in Smurfit Kappa to achieve sustained growth and long term success.


Senior Leadership Development

Developing our leaders does not stop when you reach a particular position at Smurfit Kappa. We encourage leaders at all levels in the organisation to embrace learning. For our most senior leaders at country CEO and equivalent level, Smurfit Kappa offers a number of highly professional and engaging programmes with world-leading business schools including:

  • INSEAD in France
  • London Business School in the United Kingdom
  • Harvard University in the United States.

English Language Immersion Programme

This programme has been successfully supporting the advancement of English language skills across the Group. The Horner School of English provides a standard one-week, intense English language programme. The school is based in the heart of Dublin city centre and participants stay with a carefully selected host family, providing an invaluable opportunity for them to practice their English in the evening.


English Language Online Programme

Our online English learning platform provided by EF (English First) appeals to those who prefer an alternative to the traditional classroom-style of learning. It offers totally flexible learning, at home, in the office, on tablet or smartphone. Participants can pick and choose when and what type of English to learn, from general English, business English and even industry-specific English.