ScotGrad - Highlands and Islands

Summer placement programme

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

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 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. 

Funding is available for eligible projects. 

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

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.


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

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