The Local Enterprise Offices across the country are on the search for talented graduates who want to work with entrepreneurs and start-ups on new business ventures, and help existing small businesses to increase their job and export potential.
Applications are now open for a two-year programme aimed at graduates of business-related disciplines (including sales, marketing and engineering) who will work closely with small businesses through Local Enterprise Offices to drive a culture of entrepreneurship across the country.
Successful applicants will gain experience in a business role, as well as receiving training and mentoring, and will be assigned to LEOs based in local authorities across the country.
You can find all the information you need about the graduate programme, including key responsibilities the application process on Enterprise Ireland’s website here. Closing date for applications is 20 January, with the aim of the Graduate Programme starting at the end of March 2015.
What’s a LEO?
31 Local Enterprise Offices were established across Ireland in April 2014 to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups, develop existing micro and small businesses and to drive job creation across Ireland.
LEOs are the front window for all Government support for job creation and business development pulling together State agencies, Local Authorities and the private sector.
LEOs work with their client companies to provide them with, or direct them to, the most appropriate supports to help them to start or grow their business. This includes providing financial support or identifying and directing them to other more appropriate sources of funding, and offering non-financial supports such as training and mentoring and much more.
The establishment of the LEO network is part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs.
You can read more about Action Plan for Jobs and disruptive reforms here.
Check out some of the work that the LEO network does from Mianra Soaps, who worked with their LEO in West Cork.
About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is a leading Irish economic development agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. The goals are to support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
The Local Enterprise Offices provide advice and support to micro and small business through the country with the support and back-up of the Centre of Excellence in Enterprise Ireland.