Getting started

Put your talents and qualifications to use and gain experience through a paid ScotGrad placement

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What are graduate placements? 

Graduate placements through ScotGrad are designed to give you that first piece of graduate-level work experience. They are your opportunity to join one of Scotland’s growing organisations and complete a project that ranges from three to 12 months long. You’ll gain real-world experience working on a defined project, where you will make a significant impact on a small or medium-sized organisation.

What will I achieve during my graduate placement?

You will have the opportunity to develop your existing skills and knowledge whilst working on a project from start to finish. This project will deliver solid outcomes for the organisation you’re placed with, and enhance your CV.

Since 2010, over 1000 graduates from approximately 25 different countries have already had the satisfaction of making their mark with projects and organisations across Scotland. Many of these led to permanent jobs and 87% of graduates on our programme go on to graduate-level employment after their placement.

You'll earn a minimum salary of £16,500 or the pro-rata equivalent, plus, you may have the opportunity to attend ScotGrad’s Residential Training Course to develop additional business skills and help you deliver your project.

Which sectors are placements available in? 

Placements are available across a range of sectors, including:

  • Food and Drink
  • Science and Environment
  • Energy (Oil & Gas, Renewables)
  • Creative Industries
  • Travel and Tourism
  • IT/Enabling Technology
  • Construction and Forest Industries
  • Textiles

Graduates have been placed in some of the most cutting-edge sectors in Scotland through ScotGrad.

How do I get started?

First, check to see if you are eligible. Then, register for your free ScotGrad account, and view our current opportunities. You can apply up to six months before you graduate, so sign up for placement alerts to keep up to date.  All degree disciplines are accepted and you are able to apply for multiple placements as long as you have the skills required. 

Find your perfect ScotGrad placement today.