Propel Programme

Graduate to Export Programme 2019

The Graduate to Export programme aims to help companies with their ambitious growth plans by providing financial support to employ a graduate for 18 months to take forward a market research project that targets a specific market outside Northern Ireland.

10 companies in Northern Ireland have been accepted to participate on the first cohort of Invest NI’s Graduate to Export Programme and are now recruiting for graduates.

Commencing August 2019, the successful graduates will spend the first six months of the Programme in Northern Ireland getting to know the business, with the following 12 months spent outside Northern Ireland, in the export market, undertaking comprehensive research.

As part of the Graduate to Export Programme, all graduates will undertake a training Programme delivered by Ulster University and the Institute of Export, which will provide a pathway to secure a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing.

Recruitment for 2019 has now closed.


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