FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible to apply?
The ScotGrad programme is open to all graduates who:

  • Have graduated at HNC, HND, undergraduate or postgraduate level from any higher education institution within the past four years
  • Have or about to complete their studies (you can apply up to three months before you graduate)
  • Have no more than one year's relevant (graduate-level) work experience since their latest graduation

If you meet these criteria, and have the required skills for the placement, you can apply.

I don't graduate until the summer, can I apply now?
You can apply if the placement is advertised as starting after you have finished your course. However, you can start applying up to three months before your graduate. Bear in mind you will need to take time to prepare your application and attend interviews. Keep in mind that the job is likely to have an immediate start date. 

You must have a letter from your university confirming your marks and that you have passed your course before starting your placement.

I don't graduate until next year, can I apply yet?
No, but if you have more than one year of your studies to complete, you can apply for a ScotGrad student placement

I do not have an Honours degree, can I apply?
Yes, unless the placement advertisement specifically requests an Honours degree as part of their requirements.

Is there a minimum degree classification required?
No, unless the placement advertisement specifically requests one.

Do you only recruit from certain courses?
No, employers recruit from all degree disciplines, as well as HNC and HND courses. There are some technical roles (e.g. Engineering) that require specific degree backgrounds, but each advertisement will be clear about the qualifications you need. Remember that as long as you have the required skills for the placement you can apply. 

Can I apply for more than one placement?

Yes, but be clear about your motivations for each one and tailor your application to each job description. 

What's the deadline for applications?
Each placement is advertised with its own deadline with new placements available on a weekly basis.

What's the application process?
Information on the application process is available on our How to Apply page.

Are there assessment centres?
You will not be asked to complete any assessment activities alongside your application, however, each interview process is different. You may be asked to complete a test (online or in person) and/or prepare a presentation. Some employers may also ask you to undertake a practical task during the interview to assess your skills. 

I don't have any formal work experience, can I apply?

Yes. The ScotGrad programme is designed to give you your first piece of graduate-level work experience. If a company is looking for any specific work experience, it will say so in the placement advert. 

I don't live near the placement company. Will I be helped to move?
It is your responsibility to find and pay for suitable accommodation. In some cases, for example, for more remote placements, the employer may be able to suggest suitable accommodation.

How much will I earn?

The minimum annual salary is £17,500, which will be pro-rata for the length of your placement. Many companies pay more than the minimum, and some also include performance-related bonus schemes. Salaries can be anywhere from £17,500 - £35,000 per annum. 

Will I receive training whilst on a placement?

Your company is responsible for training you in the specific areas required to undertake your placement. New training courses are agreed for our ScotGrads regularly and you will receive information about the newest free courses when you start your placement in your Welcome Pack.

If your placement is in the Highlands and Islands, you will also have the opportunity to attend the residential business skills ScotGrad Training Course.

What kind of support will I receive during my placement?

Your line manager is your first point of contact at the host company and a member of the ScotGrad team will be in touch during your placement. You can contact a member of the ScotGrad team at any point during your placement if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Once you’ve started your placement you will be invited to the ScotGrad LinkedIn group where you can network with other ScotGrad participants.

What makes a good application?
There are lots of hints and tips in our Careers Advice section here.

What if I'm an international graduate?

You may require a VISA to work full time in the UK. You are responsible for arranging this yourself and ensuring compliance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements. 

Please refer to the TalentScotland website and the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information, or contact the International Guidance Officer at your university or college for advice.

ScotGrad is unable to sponsor workers.

Find more information on our Eligibility page.

I didn't study in Scotland, can I still apply?
Yes, provided you fulfil the other eligibility criteria and the specific requirements for the placement.