GradStart Programme

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The objective of GradStart is to assist 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 up to three graduates 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 Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Office client companies 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. 

Graduate Application Process

Companies are responsible for attracting, interviewing and hiring their own graduate(s). Enterprise Ireland has designed and developed a dedicated graduate website - where companies can advertise their own graduate opportunities to attract graduates.

Graduates may apply directly to companies or via

Link to GradStart promo on LEO YouTube Channel


GradStart brochure – pdf attached

This brochure can also be viewed at