ScotGrad - Highlands and Islands

ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme

In the Highlands and Islands, ScotGrad delivers the Graduate Placement Programme (GPP) on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The programme is funded by HIE and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

For Businesses

The aim of the programme is to facilitate change and growth for an organisation which may lead to job creation. This will be achieved through graduates delivering 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.

For Social Enterprises

For social enterprises, the purpose of the programme is to recruit a graduate to enable them to deliver a product or service to enhance the sustainability of not for profit organisations with a community focus.

The graduate should work primarily on the agreed project, without being involved in day-to-day operations of your organisation.

Funding is available for eligible projects. 

To find out more about the benefits of hosting a graduate placement download the graduate placement case study from left hand side of this page.  

Employer leaflet with more information can be downloaded from the left hand side of this page.

Who is it for?

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.

If you are not currently account managed by HIE but are interested in working with us, please contact your local HIE area team.


For more information please contact the ScotGrad team at

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