GradStart offers Local Enterprise Office client companies financial support to hire top graduate talent and develop a talent pipeline. One Irish or International graduate can be hired at any one time for a two-year period by eligible companies. During the placement, the company must define the project aligned to its growth plan for each graduate to complete. Graduates must also be assigned an in-company mentor to support their development.

Key Points to note:

  • The application submission date for GradStart will also be the earliest date on which the new grant aided employee may be recruited.
  • Companies must be incorporated.
  • Companies must operate in the manufacturing or internationally traded services sector.
  • Companies must employ a minimum of 5 full time staff.
  • Roles in any discipline are eligible for support, except for direct sales and direct marketing positions.

Financial Support



Language Support


(€15,000 per year) or 50% of

individual graduate salary

costs (whichever is lesser).


(€21,000 per year on a

maximum allowable salary

of €30,000 per year) or 70%

of individual graduate salary

costs (whichever is lesser).  

The graduate role must

clear requirement for

language proficiency.

How to apply:

All applications for funding should be discussed with Niall O'Keeffe, Head of Enterprise prior to submission. All applications for GradStart can be made throughout the year. For more information visit