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Graduate Placement Programme

The aim of the programme is to facilitate change and growth for your organisation which may lead to job creation. This will be achieved through graduates delivering three to twelve month placement projects focusing on innovation, internationalisation, process improvement, product development or utilising digital opportunities. The programme gives organisations an opportunity to carry out a specific project which they would not have otherwise done. The placement must be clearly-defined and the graduate must work 100% of their time on the agreed project and not be involved in day-to-day operations. You must be able to pay a graduate salary of at least £16,500 per year, or the equivalent pro-rata for a 37 hour week.

For more information on eligibility and potential funding toward a graduates’ salary please contact Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, or Business Gateway, or ScotGrad directly.

International Business Explorer - Post-grad Students

As a business you must be predominantly based in Scotland. Projects must have an international theme and be aimed at helping the company understand requirements to operate internationally or take the initial first steps in trading overseas.

Host companies must ensure that they pay the Living Wage (hourly rate) of £8.45. Employers should be aware that students have study commitments and in some cases, due to visa restrictions, will be limited to less than 20 working hours per week (during term time). Once the student has completed their studies, they are able to work full time if needed.

Highlands and Islands Student Summer and Gaelic Placement Programmes

In the Highlands and Islands, ScotGrad delivers the Summer and Gaelic Placement Programmes on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The aim of the programme is to facilitate tactical, additional, short term placements which can address specific issues and opportunities to create a significant impact. This will be achieved through students delivering eight to twelve week placement projects focusing on innovation, internationalisation, process improvement, product development and utilising digital opportunities. The programme gives your organisation an opportunity to carry out a specific project which you would not have otherwise done.

The student must work 100% of their time on the agreed project and not be involved in day-to-day operations. All placements will run between June and September. The programme is available to businesses and social enterprises that are account managed by HIE. HIE operates account management to build close relationships with hundreds of businesses and social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands. Account managed clients have the ambition and potential to trade outwith the region and achieve high growth, or to deliver significant benefits within a fragile area.

For more information on the funding available for eligible projects please contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme - Students

All recruitment for the Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme is manged ad hoc via Skills Development Scotland. Please contact ScotGrad and we can advise you how to proceed.