ScotGrad - Highlands and Islands

Gaelic summer placement programme

In the Highlands and Islands, ScotGrad delivers the Gaelic Summer Placement Programme on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  The programme is funded by HIE and the European Regional Development Fund. It is similar to the main Summer Placement Programme but the student must utilise and maximise the Gaelic language as an asset during their placement. 

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 in relation to Gaelic language. 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. All summer placement vacancies for 2016 have now been filled. Highlands and Islands vacancies for 2017 will be advertised here from March to June 2017.

Funding is available for eligible projects.

Leaflets with more information on summer placements can be downloaded from the left hand side of this page.

Who is it for?

This programme is for private, public and third sector organisations engaged in Gaelic development, subject to approval by HIE.

For the candidate to be eligible they must be returning to their academic studies after the summer, e.g. be studying for a undergraduate course at a UK university, having completed at least their first year of studies; have completed a HNC or HND, and intend to continue studying;  or have completed an undergraduate degree and intend to study further at postgraduate level (Masters, PhD). All candidates that meet this criteria and have the skills for the job can apply. 


This programme is open for enquiries. For more information and to register your interest please contact ScotGrad team on


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