Ibec’s Employer Relations and Human Resource Management Graduate Programme is unique. The 11 month paid programme offers an experience where no two days are the same. The opportunity for practical learning and to create impact are immense. 

What we do

Ibec is Ireland’s largest lobby group and the 3rd biggest in Europe. We advise and represent thousands of companies across multiple sectors and industries, 70% of the private sector are employed by one of our member companies.

We represent Irish business – home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy. We provide a wide range of professional service to our member companies, including employer relations, employment law, industrial relations and human resources.

Why Ibec & why this programme?

  • We proudly speak on behalf of Irish business, campaigning for real change that matter most to business
  • We want to build a better and more sustainable future by influencing, supporting and delivering for business success
  • Working in Ibec means you are part of an overall effort to deliver on a vision for Ireland to be a balanced, growing and prosperous society.
  • We hire people from many backgrounds who are highly knowledgeable, engaging, professional and, most importantly, passionate about business.

This programme is as unique as you are with unrivalled experience in the areas of employer relations, employment law, industrial relations & HR best practice.

How to apply for our programme

Stage 2

Complete the 'actual application form' and competency questionnaire and submit to Ibec

Stage 4

Shortlisted candidates candidates will be invited to a half day assessment centre in Ibec Dublin on the 25 & 26 Jan 2023

Stage 3

Candidates will be shortlisted & invited to participate in further online psychometric testing across dates in Nov & Dec 2022

Stage 5

Final interviews will take place in February 2023

Listen / A Graduate Story

Listen below to Jessica O Mullane, (a former Graduate) about her experience on the programme along with some tips on the application and assessment process.

Jessica O'Mullane

Employer Relations Executive

James Cleary

Senior Employer Relations Executive, Graduate Programme Lead

 ER/HR Graduate Programme / Frequently asked questions

We have six Irish offices located in Dublin (Head office), Donegal, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The ER/HR Graduate Programme is operated out of our head office on Baggot Street in Dublin. We also have an office in Brussels.

The ER/HR Graduate Programme is an 11 month paid graduate programme which runs from September to July each year. Through the programme you will gain experience in the areas of employer relations, human resource management, industrial relations and employment law, not only in theory but also in practice.

The programme is based out of the Employer Relations division in Ibec. The programme operates on a rotational basis meaning you will experience all aspects of the employer relations division including time with our advocacy, knowledge centre and legal services teams.

We operate a hybrid working model in Ibec, however as this is a training programme it is important that you are in the office learning from colleagues and receiving in person development opportunities. Our graduates currently work in the office four days per week and one day remotely, subject to operational requirements.

When you join the programme there is a comprehensive training schedule including the opportunity to complete a certificate in employment law accredited by Technical University of Dublin (TUD). You are provided with a dedicated mentor and you will meet regularly with the Head of the Graduate Programme to assist in your learning and development. As well as rotations within the ER Division in Dublin you will also have an opportunity to work in a member company and to work in one of our regional offices.

The programme is very practical and no two days are the same, whether you are in the office or shadowing Executives at member meetings, in negotiations or attending before the WRC and Labour Court. 


The ER Division provides expert ER/HR advice and support to Ibec member companies. We provide services online through our dedicated member website, podcasts and webinars.  We also provide 1-1 tailored advice and represent member companies at the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. Our areas of expertise include employment law, industrial relations, HR best practice and occupational health & safety.

The programme opens for applications on 1 September 2023 and closes on 3 November 2023. Application is online only.

Past Graduates / Testimonials

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Our team are here to help, please contact us email: heather.dempsey@ibec.ie 

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