Local Enterprise Office Graduate Programme

Do you want to play a key role in driving entrepreneurship across Ireland?


Do you want to drive the development of local enterprise, putting local micro and small business at the heart of job creation in Ireland?

Do you want to drive and support business start-ups and promote a ‘can-do’ business culture?

Do you want to increase the job and export potential of new and existing micro and small businesses?

If so, then the Enterprise Ireland Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Graduate Programme is for you.


  • Clare
  • Galway
  • Longford
  • Roscommon
  • South Dublin

About the Programme

The Enterprise Ireland’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Graduate Programme is a two-year programme which offers graduates the opportunity to be part of the LEO project, to work closely with LEO customers, supporting them in starting exciting new businesses in Ireland and to drive and embed a culture of entrepreneurship.

The successful graduates will be employed by Enterprise Ireland but assigned to the Local Enterprise Offices in one of the following locations: Clare, Galway, Longford, Roscommon, South Dublin.

Key Responsibilities:

Some of the areas of responsibility will be:

  • Excellent Customer Service for LEO Client Companies: Establish strong links with local business community to ensure they understand the services and supports available. Establish networks/fora for sharing of information and support for entrepreneurs. Develop/manage website as a customer service and information tool.

  • Manage Client Relationships: Work with an assigned group of client companies, understanding the company capabilities and sales opportunities in order to advise and influence business development strategy. Provide advice on the specific offers and supports available.

  • Provide Research and Analysis by conducting sector and market research for client companies.

  • Encourage and promote an enterprise culture through involvement in the Student Enterprise Awards or the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur award.

  • Build Capability in Client Companies: Promote and encourage participation in relevant business development programmes to enhance management and business skills within client companies. Through the Centre of Excellence in Enterprise Ireland ensure that best practice is identified and shared across the network of LEOs.

Find out more:

More information on the Local Enterprise Office can be accessed at


More information on Enterprise Ireland can be accessed at


Application and Selection Process

Graduate applicants are asked to complete an online application form and to attach their Curriculum Vitae. The link to the online application here and the closing date is 15th May 2015. The planned start date of the programme is June 2015.

The selection process may include the following:

  • completion of on-line tests
  • phone interview
  • assessment centre
  • presentation exercise
  • interview


Email the LEO Graduate Team at


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