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Fancy a paid year in Dubai or Sydney?

Tuesday, January 14 11:45:43

Fancy a year based in Sydney or Dubai or one of 12 cities around the globe?

Bord Bia today announced that recruitment is underway to select 20 ambitious individuals to take part in a unique year-long career-enhancement programme in association with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School while representing Ireland in key global markets.

The programme is an important initiative in developing a pipeline of new talent for the sector and supporting the Irish food and drink sectors' drive to reach a E12 billion export target by 2020.

The Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship offers graduates from all disciplines the combined opportunity of obtaining an MSc International Marketing Practice masters from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School while completing action learning assignments on behalf of Irish food companies in one of 12 key overseas markets. Participants receive a bursary of E22,800 in addition to having their tuition fees paid.

Michael Murphy, Director of Markets, Bord Bia said "With Irish food and drink exports approaching E10 billion for the first time in 2013, there has never been a more exciting time to get involved in our largest indigenous industry. We are looking for some of Ireland's most ambitious, energetic and motivated individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to represent us on the world stage and make a real difference to the future of our food and drink industry."

Professor Damien McLoughlin of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School said "The Fellowship programme allows 20 ambitious professionals the unique opportunity to become part of the Irish food and drink success story, while gaining a valuable MSc in International Marketing Practice. The combination of action learning client assignments in key overseas markets with academic learning has been highly successful, and participants gain outstanding career prospects."

This is the sixth year of the programme and applicants are currently being sought from ambitious professionals with an interest in business development and sales. The 2013-2014 programme is currently underway with 20 Fellows in place in 12 markets around the globe enhancing prospects for a range of Irish food and drink products including meat, dairy, seafood, beverages and prepared foods.

Colin Clarke from Longford, based in Dubai said "The Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship allows you the opportunity to up-skill through academic based learning in one of the worlds top business schools involving action based learning working with some of Ireland's most progressive food companies. You also get the chance to explore new places and cultures both professionally and personally which is very exciting and interesting. I would encourage any business professional with a passion for food and travel to take the opportunity to apply for the programme."