InterTradeIreland’s FUSION sparks success for graduates

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24 February 2012 | 0

InterTradeIreland has launched a new website, www.footinthedoor.info, to help graduates secure high caliber jobs. Through technology transfer programme FUSION, 60 positions will be on offer throughout 2012, with a further 30 export sales jobs coming online mid-year through InterTradeIreland’s ACUMEN programme.

The new website provides accesss to the latest job details and a social hub within the website gives graduates and alumni the opportunity to further engage with one another, raise discussions and share best practice through a dedicated Facebook page.

The FUSION programme offers graduates the opportunity to work for some of the leading innovative companies across the island. They can fast track their career, lead an industry project in the Science, Technology or Engineering sectors, and develop skills with a fully funded postgraduate diploma in Management Practice from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at UCD in Dublin.

Margaret Hearty, director of business services and programmes, InterTradeIreland, said: "Despite the current economic uncertainty there are exciting opportunities available to graduates. We work with companies who want to employ graduates to help grow their business. Programmes such as FUSION bring skilled job seekers together with private sector companies from across the island of Ireland. With its 72% retention figure of graduates going on to full-time employment with their host company, FUSION offers a real opportunity for graduate employment in the science, technology and engineering sectors. We would particularly welcome new applications from IT graduates, a sector which is providing significant and exciting opportunities at present."

To date, 350 participants have graduated from the FUSION programme. Each project generates, on average, over £1 million worth of sales and efficiency savings for the host company as a result of cost savings, new product development, increased sales and process improvements.

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