Are you looking to increase your exports to international markets? Our Graduate to Export programme could help you do just that.

Graduate to Export helps Northern Ireland companies achieve growth by providing financial support up to the value of £18,000 to employ a graduate for 18 months.

The programme is ideal for companies with a specific export opportunity in mind; you will employ a graduate to complete a market research project. For the first six months, the graduate will work for the company locally before transferring to a pre-chosen international market for the remaining 12 months.

Graduate travel will depend on Covid 19 travel guidelines and restrictions in place at the time. 

Graduate qualifications

The graduate you employ will be automatically enrolled on a course to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing through virtual delivery. Fully funded by Invest NI, the educational course is delivered by Ulster University alongside the Institute of Export and International Trade.

If the graduate is unable to travel to the export market due to Covid 19 travel restrictions, they will continue their studies and conduct market research from Northern Ireland. Invest NI will remain as flexible as possible with all companies at this time.

Who should apply?

The programme is open to Invest NI customers who can:

  • Identify a market research project in a new or existing market aligned to their strategic marketing plan
  • Demonstrate the project requires the skills of an entry level graduate
  • Provide support to a graduate while in market

If you are not presently an Invest Northern Ireland customer, but are interested in the programme, contact our Business Support Team

How to apply

The application process for this year’s Graduate to Export Programme is now closed. We will be in contact with applicants soon.

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Participants on the 2019 programme included:

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Business support team

0800 181 4422


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