Support for businesses employing graduates or students. 

What it is

ScotGrad is a Highlands and Islands wide programme, providing funding to account managed clients who want to employ a graduate or student to deliver a specific project for their business.

Since its establishment in 2013, ScotGrad has been working with employers across the Highlands and Islands to source talented graduates and students whose new ideas, skills and up-to-date knowledge help organisations reach their ambitions.

Who's it for?

Eligible account managed businesses must have the ambition and potential to trade outwith the region and achieve high growth, or to deliver significant benefits within a fragile area.

How does it work? 

Projects are delivered for up to 12 months and are tailored to the needs of the business or social enterprise. Graduates gain a valuable first step in their careers, and an incentive to stay in or relocate to the Highlands and Islands. The projects are innovative and are often focused around digital, internationalisation or product development.

Businesses also discover the great benefits of employing young people, with many offering further employment once the fixed-term placement has ended. For social enterprises, a graduate project can make a big impact on enhancing the sustainability of not-for-profit organisations with a social or community focus.

The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the ESIF Programme 2014-2020

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ScotGrad can help your business

Visit the dedicated ScotGrad website to discover how the scheme can help you grow your business.

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How ScotGrad has helped graduates


graduates supported since 2010


student placements in Highlands and Islands last year


of Scotgrad participants go on to graduate-level jobs

Are you a graduate?

The ScotGrad website is the place to go to find graduate placement opportunities within your area.

Go to the ScotGrad website
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Get support from our partners

There are also some other placement programmes in Highland and Orkney which your organisation may be eligible for. Business Gateway also support graduate placements and have offices across Scotland.

Sandy Geo, Shapinsay

Business Gateway