Ibec Global Graduates

Connecting great companies with the best and brightest

The Ibec Global Graduates programme places graduates attracted by an international career on paid work placements around the world with leading companies over 12 months. Each of our three graduate programmes combine on-the-job experiential learning and academic study leading to an accredited qualification. Sponsoring companies receive funding and access to a pre-screened network of the brightest graduates.

Ibec has decided to run one final 12 month Global Graduate Programme in its current design, which will span the period August 2021 - August 2022.  This follows an extensive programme review, including detailed analysis of the evolving needs of member companies and graduates.  

As part of Ibec’s strategic planning, new models and approaches are being examined, to better meet our member’s needs.

The Ibec Global Graduate Programme (formerly EOP), was established in 1983. Over 2,700 graduates across different sectors of the Irish economy, including Technology, MedTech, Engineering, Biopharma Chem, Tourism, Food and Drink and the Financial Services sectors, have been placed in exciting roles, both in Ireland and worldwide, over this time. Many of our alumni are now in senior roles across our economy, and speak very highly of the value of the programme to their early careers. Similarly, we have received very positive feedback from the companies who have taken part in the programme over the last number of years, so we look forward to working in a new way in this space, in the future.


As an Ibec Global Graduate you go places and so does your career


A trusted method for recruiting the next generation of business leaders


Some of the companies we work with


Ireland’s longest running graduate placement programme

Programme longevity

Established in 1983, over 36 years of success

Programme longevity


In 2019 the programme placed 89 graduates with 24 companies across a variety of industries


Cost Savings

On average companies save €11,635 per graduate

Cost Savings


Our graduates are based in over 30 countries worldwide


Talent Pool

Connect your company to an exceptional pre-screened talent pool of over 1,500 bright young people from around Ireland

Talent Pool

Next generation of leaders

The programme helps position your business internationally, and build a great pipeline for future leadership roles

Next generation of leaders

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Tourism Ireland

‘The programme plays a vital support role in the delivery of Tourism Ireland’s extensive trade and consumer marketing programme. The combination of key skills training and study programme with on the job international work experience, produces a well-rounded, motivated, high performing talent pool and recruitment pipeline for Tourism Ireland.’

Alison Metcalfe, Head of North America