Grad Start Programme for LEO Clients


The GradStart initiative is now open to LEO clients. The objective of GradStart initiative is to assist our indigenous 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 will support companies with ambitious growth plans to employ a graduate on a rolling basis for a 2-year contract duration for each graduate. Graduates will have a minimum Level 6 qualification on the National Vocational Qualifications Framework or equivalent. The offer will be available to all LEO client companies who meet the programme criteria.

The graduate will complete a project as defined by the company and linked to their overall growth plan. The company will identify an in-company mentor to work with the graduates; they will provide an infrastructure that supports them, both in their development and in the completion of the project, for the duration of the graduate(s) employment.

Graduates may work in any area of the business excluding roles related to sales and marketing activities.


The scheme is now open for applications via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System. LEO clients can register on the system and apply through the LEO tab. Full info and registration is available here.


The full terms of reference for the scheme are available here


Company benefits:

  • Facilitate EI’s client companies to effectively compete for graduate talent.
  • Utilise graduates to help deliver defined company projects and embed capability and/or support the company achieve its goals.
  • Improve the skills base and competence available in the business.
  • Employment grant support for up to 3 graduates at any one time.


Graduate benefits:

  • A wide range of placement opportunities in indigenous growth oriented client companies.
  • Work on delivery of a practical project with an EI client company over a minimum 24-month placement.
  • Dedicated in-company mentor support during the programme.