A world of opportunity awaits the first class of Graduates 4 International Growth

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Graduates 4 International Growth (G4IG), developed and delivered by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, gets underway today (Wednesday, 2nd February 2011).   Enterprise Ireland is placing 50 top-level graduates in export-led firms with markets across the globe, creating graduate job opportunities and helping boost export sales.  The programme is aimed at developing firms' export market development strategies and at the same time advancing graduates' international business skills.

Graduates for International Growth

As Irish exports are on the rise a world of opportunity awaits the first class of Graduates 4 International Growth. Graduates and companies are pictured with, L-R: Professor Tom Begley, Dean of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Maeve Keegan, Bord na Móna Environmental Ltd and Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland.

Frank Ryan, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland, said: ‘This initiative is aimed at growing exports by strategically aligning graduate talent, market opportunity and companies' international business plans.  It is a unique opportunity for companies to acquire a valuable market development resource and to drive their export sales strategies’.  

The graduates are now beginning their initial six-month intensive training and skills development programme and in-company induction, followed by a 12-month placement in a relevant overseas market.

Modules cover a range of critical export marketing functions including value proposition development, competitive intelligence, routes to international sales, implementing the international sales process, etc. 

The 18-month programme is developed and delivered by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.  Successful graduate participants will be awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Growth by the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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For further information contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
 01 7272805
087 2445814

Magdalena Sobczak,
Enterprise Ireland Press Office

Magdalena Sobczak
+353 1 7272295

Editor’s Note:  Graduates 4 International Growth (G4IG) is open to graduates with honours degrees in all disciplines holding at least a 2.2.  Applications to participate were assessed and selected in Q4 2010.   For more information see: www.enterprise-ireland.com/g4ig