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ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme

There’s lots to be excited about when you’re successful in gaining a place as a ScotGrad. You’ll work for an ambitious SME, working on a paid, project-based placement, and you’ll become part of a network of ScotGrads based all across Scotland.

The programme works closely with small-to-medium sized organisations who are looking to grow and develop their business. By hosting a ScotGrad, they are committed to offering continuous support and professional development opportunities to ensure their ScotGrad has a successful placement. 

This support can take many forms, but in addition to the opportunities your employer provides, the ScotGrad programme can offer additional training to help your advance your skillset.

Training opportunities available through ScotGrad

For placements based in the Highlands and Islands, an integral part of the programme is our bespoke 4-day residential training course.  Your employer will release you on full pay to attend, and all the costs are covered. 

This course has been designed specifically for ScotGrads on placements, and covers essential business skills and techniques, as well as offering a unique opportunity to create networks with other ScotGrads across the region. 

Watch our short film about the course: 

Follow ScotGrad on Instagram or Facebook to see photos from previous courses. The content includes:

Sales skills, pitching and negotiating

  • Digital marketing
  • Business canvas model
  • Networking
  • Ideas generation

What ScotGrads said:

“It was great to get a bit of time out to reflect upon the things that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to on the day-to-day job. It highlighted the importance of treating my CV as a live document and continually keeping it up to date and the relevance of sales techniques. The business content is tailored to those, like myself, who didn’t know business lingo.”

"I have taken lots of action points from the various tools we used, for example, the SWOT analysis. Before starting the placement I wasn't really aware of other roles within a business, such as sales and operations, but have now learned how I fit into the business as a whole, how my role impacts other areas, and can make a difference to the organisation.”

“I’ve learned a lot this week, especially skills for pitching and how to distil something into 60 seconds without boring people to death! I have learned how to put tools and systems in place to analyse the business – very helpful as I have no business background.”

“I met three graduates on the course who we, as an organisation, can establish relations with for mutual benefit. It has been great to bounce ideas around between us.”

"Before I came on this course, I wanted to work in business, but didn't have the hard skills. The role-play exercises were really valuable - they prepared me for how to handle real life situations. I've learned so much that I could apply in my placement already - it's been amazing.”

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Central, South, and East

You can be as involved as you like, here’s what we offer on an opt-in basis:

Innovation workshops

Innovation is one of the greatest differentiators when it comes to business. Our SMEs are ambitious companies striving to improve their offering and make an impact in their sector.

Our workshops, delivered by specialists at Scottish Enterprise challenge your mind to think outside the box, generate ideas, and use tried and tested tools and techniques to implement those ideas.

You’ll work with ScotGrads from all placement types to learn these techniques, so you can take them back to your business and approach your placement challenges in an open-minded, innovative way. Alongside learning new skills, this is a great way to get to know other ScotGrads and develop your professional network.

Digital Marketing for Professionals Certificate

Module 1 of this online course is available to all ScotGrads. Developed by The University of Aberdeen Business School and Glasgow-based marketing company, Jump Digital, this course offers an effective foundation in digital marketing using real-world scenarios. It offers practical solutions which allow you to put theoretical knowledge into practice in the workplace.

SCQF Level 6 in Digital Marketing

Offered by Jump Digital and QA Training, under 25s can complete this qualification free alongside their placement (as laid out in the Scottish Government’s commitment to upskill young Scottish talent in the Digital sector). You'll have visits from an approved assessor and study online.