Ninety jobs are available this year to graduates of InterTradeIreland programmes, it was announced yesterday.
At the 2012 InterTradeIreland graduation ceremony in UCD Memorial Hall, Dublin, chief executive, Liam Nellis, also explained that 85% of those who have successfully completed programmes to date have been offered employment with their host companies.
Mr Nellis said this is a testament to the contribution they make to SMEs and confirmed the commitment to bring together graduates, companies and academics from different parts of the Republic and Northern Ireland during these challenging economic times.
"With a substantial increase in the rate of emigration of our young people due to the current economic climate, it is so important that graduate placements such as FUSION and Acumen exist as they can provide an alternative opportunity to local young people who can use their skills to assist in national economic recovery," he added.
Ben Willis from Belfast participated in the FUSION programme and now works for Newry-based company, Media Lightbox, which provides an online file storage, collaboration and file sharing system used by thousands of companies worldwide.
Shane Meehan, managing director of Media Lightbox, said: "Due to the success of the project and the quality of Ben's work, we have secured him as a permanent member of our team."
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