Grad Start

GradStart is a 24-month graduate placement programme. The objective of GradStart is to assist Ireland's indigenous companies to scale and grow their businesses through the introduction of good graduate talent to deliver clearly defined projects.

Local Enterprise Office client companies with at least 5 full time staff can apply for the GradStart programme.

They must also be a limited company and be a manufacturing or internationally traded service business.

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

Salary support is based on a full-time position. A graduate’s working week must be in line with a company’s standard working hours for full-time employees.

Ineligible companies / Exclusions:

  • Partnerships
  • Small enterprises in the agricultural sector are excluded in line with State aid guidelines.
  • Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, “not for profit” organisations, trade associations, company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce, Sports Clubs and other noncommercial bodies or associations are not eligible to participate in GradStart

For more information visit the website or contact us by email.