ScotGrad - Highlands and Islands

Other Placement Programmes

Please find details below of some other placement programmes which are available:

 

Technology Placement Programme

The Technology Placement Programme will complement HIE’s current ScotGrad programme by offering technology-specific placements to students and graduates in the Highland Council area.  The Technology Placement Programme is part of the Northern Innovation Hub and is funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The purpose of the programme is to ensure that SMEs in the Highland Council area have access to the skills required to keep up with rapid changes in the technology sector by providing them with a student or graduate who will bring innovative thinking and technological awareness into the workplace. 

The Technology Placement Programme is available to all SMEs in the Highland Council area, including organisations who are non-account managed by HIE. 

The student technology placements are available to students who are returning to academic studies after the placement has ended. The student technology placements will last for up to 12 weeks. There may also be an opportunity for students to undertake work-based placements for up to 22 weeks (pro-rata) whilst undertaking academic studies. 

The graduate technology placements are available to graduates who have gained a HNC, HND, degree or postgraduate degree in applied sciences within the past 4 years.  The placements will last up to 12 months. 

For students and graduates, register your details on the ScotGrad website to be alerted when any technology placements are advertised: www.scotgrad.co.uk/students

For businesses, please email your enquiry to nih@hient.co.uk or, alternatively, please call Katriona Mackie on +44 (0) 300 013 5072.

 

Highland Council: Graduate Placement Programme

A Programme providing businesses with specialist recruitment advice and funding support to employ a graduate who will deliver a project of significant importance to the growth of the business.

To access the grant, the business must pay the minimum salary of £16,500 per annum. The grant will be offered up to a maximum wage of £20,000 although the business can continue to pay a higher rate. The maximum grant available is £10,000 per annum (pro-rata rates will apply).

The Highland Council will provide a grant subsidy of 50% for Micro SME’s (businesses who employ less than 10 people) and 40% for Medium SME’s (businesses who employ less than 250 people) of the employee’s gross wage.

If you are based in the Highland Council area please visit their website for details of how to apply.

 

Orkney Islands Council: Graduate/ Post Graduate Placements 

The Economic Development Grant Scheme is targeted towards the following key industry sectors:

Food and drink production; creative industries and manufacturing,high-end niche products; tourism accommodation and facilities; knowledge and technology, renewable energy (but not energy production) and its supply chain; and service sector.

Assistance is primarily aimed at the key industry sectors but placement in nonkey sectors may still be eligible, although it is likely that levels of assistance will be lower than the maximums available.

There are two strands of support available under this measure: 

Graduate Placement

The Graduate must be qualified to HND level or above and the employment must be the first related
to the qualification since graduation and should be within two years of graduation. The post should be for a minimum of one year and should be incorporated within a business growth plan.

Assistance is in the form of a grant of up to 50% of the total wage and national insurance costs, up to a maximum of £15,000, subject to 50% being the maximum funding made available by all funders. The grant will only be available towards the first year of the post.

 

Post-graduate Placement

The Post-graduate must be aiming to qualify at Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) level or above. Applications should clearly demonstrate how the research undertaken will result in realistic economic benefits for Orkney. 

Assistance is in the form of a grant of up to 30% of the total wage and national insurance costs, up to a maximum of £10,000, subject to 50% being the maximum funding made available by all funders. Applicants for post-graduate placement support must produce to the Council all findings, including written reports and studies upon completion, and any other records as requested. 

If you are based on the Orkney Isles please visit their website for details of how to apply. 

 

 

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