Two-thirds of graduates placed in small firms get jobs
AROUND 30 of the 44 graduates who were placed in small and medium-sized businesses by InterTradeIreland last year have been offered full-time jobs.
The agency, which promotes trade links between businesses across the island, has funded and supported 300 graduate projects to help SMEs expand.
Its chief executive Liam Nellis said the graduates brought a great range of skills.
"Graduates are bright, well-educated, enthusiastic, eager to succeed and they are the type of people we need working across the island, now more so than ever.
"They can apply the latest thinking from academia and their skills can significantly benefit our ambitious SMEs, especially during these tough economic times," he said yesterday.
Each company that participates in InterTradeIreland's Fusion programme, where they agree to take on graduates, benefits from €1m worth of sales and efficiency savings through development of products, process and services, he said.
A total of €58m in new sales has been created through the body's cross-border sales programme, Acumen.
Mr Nellis added: "A total of 194 graduates have secured permanent management jobs with SMEs supported by InterTradeIreland through our Fusion and Acumen programmes."