ASPIRE Recruitment

17 June 2013

The future is bright for 45 graduate job seekers and cross border enterprises.

The ASPIRE programme, which is part financed by the European Union's INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, is a cross-border micro business and graduate development programme. Thanks to ASPIRE's support, 45 graduate level posts are now available with 45 local companies who will benefit from fresh skills and ideas being applied to their business.
Businesses participating in ASPIRE cover a wide range of sectors including Health Sciences, Recruitment, Engineering, Digital media, IT Development, Finance and Technology. All businesses are located across the nine Council areas of Armagh, Ards, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Louth, Monaghan, Newry & Mourne and North Down.
Having successfully launched to micro businesses back in January 2013, ASPIRE now seeks to recruit talented, high calibre graduates to meet the needs of employers while generating employment and growth in the local economy.
Chairman of East Border Region Councillor Gerald Mallon welcomed the jobs boost provided by the ASPIRE Programme, "We in East Border Region are delighted to be the lead partner on such an innovative and worthwhile project. Given today's challenging economic climate this level of investment and job creation is much needed and greatly welcomed across the region".

One of the companies looking to the future with ASPIRE is STATsports Technologies in County Louth. With growing sales in Ireland and the UK, the company plans to enter the US market with the assistance of an ASPIRE graduate. Their CEO Sean O'Connor explained, "Once appointed, our ASPIRE graduate will have the opportunity to gain direct experience in international marketing while working alongside some of the leading brands in sport and media".

Meanwhile in Banbridge, REI Services Ltd, an electrical engineering and installation firm plans to recruit a sales focused graduate to lead their marketing strategy for an innovative new biomass product. REI Director Colm McKeever, stressed the value they place on the ASPIRE Programme, "we have a structured and planned programme of work already in place which will provide an exciting opportunity for the right graduate to gain industrial experience with us."

Sharon Daly, ASPIRE programme co-ordinator explained that the ASPIRE programme addresses two key economic issues. Firstly, for businesses, ASPIRE represents a unique opportunity to utilise the skills of graduates on high level projects designed to increase sales, productivity, exports and job creation. On the other hand, ASPIRE offers employment opportunities to graduates who are seeking employment with forward thinking local companies thus retaining graduate skills in the local area and addressing issues of unemployment and under-employment among graduates. It is this dual focus that is so exciting and the long term rewards for our graduates and businesses alike will be significant.
Welcoming the project, Lorraine McCourt from the Special EU Programmes Body highlighted the relevance of the project to the overall objectives of the INTERREG IVA Programme: "This type of initiative is central to the objectives of the INTERREG IVA Programme, which seeks to promote a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region. By establishing a link between young graduates and the local job market, the project is helping to create employment opportunities whilst also supporting local businesses in identifying motivated people with the right skill set."
All ASPIRE vacancies are now open to applicants with a closing date of 28th June 2013.
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  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council