Graduate Programme

Lakeland Dairies are currently closed for applications to their Graduate Programme.

Until applications reopen, we would recommend that graduates continue to check out our Careers page for updates on other exciting opportunities.

Our Graduate Programme

​The Lakeland Dairies Graduate Programme is specifically structured to provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop your skills over a two year period. 

During this time, you will complete placements in appropriate functions and departments within the company, relevant to your discipline. You will work on a number of exciting projects in conjunction with fellow graduates and employees of Lakeland Dairies. In parallel with this, you will complete External Management Training.

Throughout the programme, you will be assigned a mentor within the relevant departments for support and advice. You will also have on-going contact, support and assistance from the Graduate Programme Co-ordinator to review and discuss your progress.

Graduate Programme Details

Graduates will be invited from a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Food Science
  • Human Nutrition 
  • Engineering 
  • Agri Science
  • Information Technology 
  • Business  

What we offer you:

  • A two year programme  
  • External Management Training 
  • Competitive Salary Package 
  • A one-to-one mentor 
  • Exciting career prospects 
  • Fun and challenges along the way  

The ideal graduate will:

  • Have an Honours degree 
  • Show a high record of achievement 
  • Be an ambitious, dedicated and highly motivated person 
  • Be able to work as part of a team and also on their own initiative  
  • Enjoy challenge as much as success  
  • Be organised and structured in their work and capable of on-time delivery 
  • Be eligible to work in both Ireland and the UK

How do you apply? 

To apply online please go to our Careers Opportunities page. The Graduate application is listed as a vacancy so click on the Apply button at the right of the screen.

Any queries in advance of details of the Graduate Programme can be directed to

Following the application process, applicants may be invited to take part in online assessments, group discussions or individual interviews.

Work Placement Opportunities

As a Co-operative enterprise Lakeland Dairies is committed to the communities in which we are based. We support the development of those communities through the creation of employment experience opportunities for students prior to the completion of their third level courses.

A preference is given to students undertaking a course of study that is relevant to our business.

To apply online please go to our Careers Opportunities page. The Work Placement application is listed as a vacancy so click on the Apply button at the right of the screen.