IAESTE trainees have academic backgrounds in Engineering, Science, Information Technology or other technical disciplines and have excellent English. Trainees can work for 2 to 12 months, so are suitable for short-or long-term projects. Employers specify the exact professional and personal skills they require in a trainee and IAESTE Ireland will match them with the best candidate. Employers receive the candidate’s CV, cover letter and academic transcript and can arrange a phone interview if required. Once the employer accepts the candidate for a traineeship, IAESTE Ireland will arrange accommodation for the trainee and meet them on arrival. Members of the IAESTE Ireland Local Committee arrange a social programme for trainees, so they have a peer support system and get to see some of the country!


The only cost to the employer is the salary of the trainee, which must be sufficient to cover their living costs in Ireland.


IAESTE is a competitive programme so trainees are well motivated and highly qualified. Both the sending country and IAESTE Ireland screen trainees before nominating them for a traineeship, to ensure the best possible match. Trainees bring technical, language and intercultural skills to the workplace and are a valuable source of new international connections. In addition, every traineeship offered in Ireland guarantees a similar opportunity abroad for an Irish student.


Prof C Williams, Dean of Faculty, Engineering, Mathematics and Science, University of Dublin, Trinity College:

“We offered three traineeships to incoming IAESTE students, providing them with an opportunity for 10 weeks study with the best research groups on campus. The feedback from the supervisors was uniformly positive, praising not only the educational standard of the trainees but also their enthusiasm and work ethic. This demonstration of the high calibre of the IAESTE student prompted the Dean to repeat his support the next year, with the intention that this marks the beginning of a long and fruitful working exchange with IAESTE.

In addition to sourcing outstanding trainees, facilitating them was straightforward, produced minimal paperwork, and was managed throughout by efficient and helpful coordinator-all the hallmarks of a well run programme, with little or no disruption to the daily business of the Faculty.

TTCD is proud to support the IAESTE programme, and would have no hesitation in encouraging other universities, research groups and businesses to partake.”

Marie O’Sullivan, University Relations Staffing Partner EMEA, VMware, Cork:

“IAESTE has provided us with a great opportunity to participate in their global student exchange programme. We received applications from some of the best universities across Europe and have facilitated traineeships for top students in our Technical Support team on our Cork campus.

The IAESTE team are extremely organised and their commitment to creating a top experience for both the companies and students involved ensures a win-win for everyone. We are looking forward to be involved again in future!”

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LéargasSaturday, October 21st, 2017 at 10:00pm
Still time to register for our Discovery Days in Cashel and Killarney next week! Register now: https://www.leargas.ie/news/upcoming-discovery-days/
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Take part in VET Skills Week 2017 photo competition! A photo competition where vocational education and training (VET) learners in Ireland can share their VET stories. Winners will be invited to take part in the Léargas 2017 Forum at Dublin Castle Conference Centre. The theme of the #VETskillsPhoto2017 competition is 'Discover Your Talent'. For more information http://bit.ly/2hRZnri
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Discover how you can access #Youth Erasmus+ funding at our Discovery Days next week! Register here: https://www.leargas.ie/news/upcoming-discovery-days/
LéargasThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:56pm
Ruth Baker is EU Project Officer with Ballymun Job Centre. The Centre uses Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training funding to collaborate with European partners. Their projects focus on Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. In this week’s blog Ruth talks about the challenges and benefits of working on these Erasmus+ VET KA2 Strategic Partnership projects:

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Happy #IAESTEDay! Today we're celebrating the students, employers and volunteers who make the IAESTE programme so special, and launching the celebrations for IAESTE's 70th year.

If you’ve been involved in IAESTE, choose the ONE photo that captures your experience and share it to the brand new IAESTE Ireland Instagram. The best photos will be submitted to the international competition, and be in with a chance of winning a travel voucher for 500 Swiss Francs! https://www.leargas.ie/news/iaeste-day-2017/