Are you interested in working overseas and obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma? Work, earn and learn with our Graduate to Export programme. 

Graduate to Export helps local companies achieve growth by providing financial assistance to recruit a graduate for 18 months. Graduates will spend six months in Northern Ireland familiarising themselves with the business before moving to an export market for up to 12 months to complete a market research project aligned to the company's strategic plan. 

Benefits of the Programme

Graduate to Export is a great opportunity to continue your education, move overseas and kick-start your career. 

Catherine McConkey, Graduate to Export participant

As part of the Programme, graduates will have the opportunity to work with an innovative, forward thinking Northern Ireland company, develop new skills and gain experience working in international markets while earning a competitive salary. 

Graduates will also undertake a fully-funded course to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in International Marketing. The Institute of Export and International Trade and Ulster University will deliver the education and training programme throughout the duration of the Programme. 

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

Who should apply?

The Programme is open to graduates who have:

  • Pre-existing legal status to live and work in Northern Ireland
  • An interest to relocate outside Northern Ireland
  • A pass degree in any discipline
  • Graduated in the last five years

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How to apply

Applications for the Graduate to Export Programme 2022 are now open. Participating companies and job opportunity links can be found below.

For further information and to assist your application, download our Graduate to Export: Guidance Notes for Graduates.

Please contact the company directly if you have any queries about a vacancy.

Companies with opportunites

  • Allsop are dedicated to improving the lives of business software users. Their platform accommodates customers' workload without the need for custom code; user functions are delivered efficiently with all information simply presented without wasting time searching.

  • Belfast Distillery Company launched McConnell’s Irish Whisky two years ago and intends to grow the number of markets where the brand will be available to become a leading drinks brand in a vibrant and competitive category. For more information and to apply for this position, please email

  • Bleubird is an Outdoor & Adventure brand with a strong environmental ethos who sell a wide range of apparel and are specialists in outdoor equipment products.

  • Boomer is a specialist plastic extrusion manufacturer based in Lisburn for more than 50 years. As well as manufacturing plastic profiles and Pre-hung Door-Sets we provide a full design service delivering bespoke solutions to our wide range of customers.

  • CADshare is at the cutting edge of cloud-based engineering software. They enable OEMs to provide best-in-class customer support using 3D visualisation techniques combined with comprehensive ordering workflows and fast access to maintenance and operational data.

  • Causeway Aero provides an integrated capability in the design and manufacture of aircraft structures and interiors, and produce and supply Pitch PF3000 economy class seats directly to airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

  • CIGA Healthcare are specialists in rapid test diagnostics. The company's wide range of products are sold in over 70 countries globally. CIGA Healthcare's team have over 100 years of combined experience allowing them to offer quality products that you can trust at a competitive price. It complies with European and ISO 13485 International Standards and supply CE marked / FDA approved products. CIGA Healthcare's partners include large multinational pharmacy chains and retailers. Every 5 seconds someone uses one of CIGA Healthcare's diagnostic tests. 

  • A fast growing, progressive and innovative company, focused on helping people realise their potential, CK International is a market leading manufacturer of waste compaction equipment throughout the world.

  • Colinwell is one of the leading concrete block manufacturers, family run business, that began life quarrying limestone and basalt, before evolving over the years to now offer a diverse range of concrete block products.

  • The Deluxe Group have been designing and building unforgettable experiences since 1969 in the luxury hotel, residential, themed attractions and marine sector across the world.

  • Dunbia is one of Europe’s leading food companies with a desire to create better food naturally. A combination of organic growth, strategic acquisition & entrepreneurial vision has seen Dunbia grow into a multi-site, multi-species operation, processing cattle & sheep for national and international markets.

  • Hinch Distillery is located in Northern Ireland and makes a range of award-winning Irish Whiskies and Gins from its Distillery in Co Down. The multi million pounds production facility exports to 30 countries and features a retail shop, bars and conference centre.

  • HR Team is a growing HR consultancy service and are leading experts in employment law and best-practice HR management. Their ethos is to work innovatively with clients in a pragmatic and commercially-focused way-as an effective business partner.

  • Our mission is to make digital retailers more successful by providing best-in-class solutions that enable teams to manage international supplier relationships better. Supply Chain Relationship Management (SCRM) by Tradefact empowers your team to plan, order, and ship inventory based on your actual customer demand. We help improve your time to market, increase production and shipping visibility and reduce costs.

  • With highly experienced engineering staff, including specialist in-house expertise in Sustainability, Building Physics Simulations and BIM, IN2 deliver low-energy projects from Conceptual Design, through to Building Handover and beyond.

  • Kairos exists to help elite sports teams communicate clearer and more efficiently internally. The web and mobile based app has tools that are used across messaging, scheduling and club operations.

  • Kinsetsu works in a human centric way to empower organisations to work better using sensors and software to transform workflows, connecting assets, collecting data and providing visualisation of the asset environment.

  • Modern Democracy is an award-winning leader in the delivery of election software and services to Local and National Governments. Their vision is to become the market leader in Election Day modernisation.

  • Pinnacle Growth Group identify grants and funding, accelerating business growth, through support and practical assistance to grow sales, access new export markets, alongside helping organisations increase profitability, manage change and create lasting improvement.

  • Porter Bathroom Ltd. design , manufacture, and sell a complete range of high end bathroom products, targeted towards and sold to the high end residential market, as well as hospitality and leisure sectors.

  • Since 1999, Thought Collective’s team of strategists, designers, and developers has created brands, stories, campaigns, websites, and apps that communicate effectively, add value, and delight customers. We create engaging brand experiences with organisations that want to succeed

  • Total Batching Solutions is a mechanical design and engineering company based in Armagh NI servicing the UK, Irish and International markets.  It manufactures a range of concrete batching solutions and works with clients across a range of sectors including marine, renewables, construction and infrastructure.

  • Established in 1938 in Portadown, Northern Ireland, by George Walter Wilson, Ulster Carpets are still owned by the founder’s family and have grown to become the premier supplier of Axminster and Wilton carpets to the residential, hospitality, marine and casino sectors across the world.

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