ScotGrad - Highlands and Islands

Student Placement Programme

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.

However, language based placements are also open to non-account managed businesses and social entertprises.

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

About the programme

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. This will be achieved through students 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.  

We also offer placements which can address specific issues and opportunities to create a significant impact in relation to a language (e.g. Gaelic).

ScotGrad previously offered up to 12-week placements over the summer, and has now expanded this to include digital technology work-based placements.  There may also be the opportunity to employ a student to undertake an up to 22-week placement on a pro-rata basis during the academic year.  

The student 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 student placement download the summer placement case study from left-hand side of this page.  More can be found on the ScotGrad Website.

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



In the Highlands and Islands, ScotGrad delivers the Graduate Placement Programme (GPP) on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The programme is part funded with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the ESIF Programme 2014-2020



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

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