GradStart funding now available to Local Enterprise Office clients

The objective of GradStart is to assist Irish companies to scale and grow their businesses through the introduction of good graduate talent to deliver clearly defined projects. This offer will specifically target the graduate community and help companies attract additional graduate resources.

GradStart supports companies with ambitious growth plans to employa graduateon a rolling basis for a 2-year contract duration for each graduate.  The offer is available to all Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny client companies who meet the programme criteria*.

This is a 24-month placement support to embed higher levels of graduate capability in our client companies. Enterprise Ireland will provide financial support of €30k (€15k per year) or 50% of individual graduate salary costs (whichever is the lesser).

*LEO client companies are limited to 1 graduate on a 2-year contract at any one time and must have a minimum of 5 full-time employees to qualify for support, they must be engaged in an eligible activity – i.e. manufacturing or an internationally traded service.

Further information available from Aileen Mc Grath, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO Kilkenny – 056 7752662 or

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