Propel Programme

Graduate to Export Programme

The Graduate to Export programme aims to help Northern Ireland companies with their ambitious growth plans by providing them with support to employ a graduate for up to eighteen months to take forward a market research project that targets a specific overseas market.

If the application is successful, participating clients will receive up to 50% salary support to employ the graduate (up to a maximum of £18,000 for the eighteen month programme) and export skills training and mentorship for the graduate provided by Ulster University and the Institute of Export.

The next round of recruitment for participating companies will take place in 2020.

Information for graduates

The Graduate to Export training programme is fully funded by Invest NI and provided by Ulster University along with the Institute of Export and International Trade and provides graduates with a pathway to secure a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing.

Eligibility criteria

  • Graduated in the last five years with a pass degree
  • Have pre-existing legal status to live and work in Northern Ireland

Lasting 18 months, successful graduates will spend the first six months immersed within a Northern Ireland company getting to know the business, learning about the company’s products and services while gaining invaluable knowledge into the strategic direction of the business.

Graduates will spend the last 12 months of the programme on placement in the company’s export market, identifying a specific market research project aligned to the company’s strategic marketing plan.

The next round of recruitment for graduates will take place in 2020

For more information on the programme, read our Graduate to Export guide


Our new Graduate to Export Programme will, as part of our International Strategy, enhance the capability of companies in Northern Ireland to export into new markets around the world. Open to all graduates and fully funded by Invest NI, participants will develop comprehensive international marketing and export skills through the training and mentoring provided by our programme delivery partners, Ulster University and the Institute of Export.

- Steve Harper, Executive Director, International Business