The Graduate to Export programme aims to help companies with their ambitious growth plans by providing financial support to employ a graduate for eighteen months to take forward a market research project that targets a specific market outside Northern Ireland.
If your application is successful, you will receive salary support to employ the graduate of 50% (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.
Graduates spend the first 6 months of the programme in Northern Ireland getting to know your business and starting the training programme. The following 12 months are spent in the export market undertaking the market research project with full support from your company, along with academic and company mentors.
Check out below how it will benefit your company and if you are eligible
At the end of the 18 month programme period your company will have:
The programme is open to Invest NI customers who:
Whilst this programme is targeted at SMEs, large companies may also apply.For more information read our Graduate to Export guidance notes (PDF)
For more information please contact your Invest NI Client Executive.
The closing date for applications is Friday 15 March.
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. We will be partnering with Ulster University and the Institute of Export and International Trade to offer participating graduates an opportunity to develop comprehensive international marketing training and mentoring, fully funded by Invest NI.- Steve Harper, Executive Director, International Business