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Paid, project-based placements of up to 12 months for graduates and students

Am I eligible?

You’re eligible to apply for any of our placements if you’ve graduated with an HNC, HND, undergraduate or postgraduate degree within the past four years. There is no age restriction. Each placement has specific requirements so please read the individual job description carefully before applying. 

In addition to our graduate placements, ScotGrad also offers student opportunities of up to 12 weeks over the summer. These are advertised from around Easter each year. 

I’m an international graduate – can I apply? 

All international students are eligible to apply to ScotGrad vacancies. Sponsorship may be considered for the right candidate, but this decision is at the discretion of each ScotGrad employer and is not managed by ScotGrad.  

It is essential that you are fluent in written and spoken English and that you are compliant with UK Visa and Immigration requirements. ScotGrad does not offer VISA advice.

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What is ScotGrad?

Established in 2013, ScotGrad is a graduate and student placement programme operated across the Highlands and Islands by HIE, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

Graduate placements are fixed-term jobs designed to give you your first piece of graduate-level work experience. Through ScotGrad, you can join one of the region’s growing businesses or social enterprises and complete a placement of up to 12 months.  

You’ll gain real-world experience working on a defined project, where you will make a significant impact on a small or medium-sized organisation. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your existing skills and knowledge, whilst working on a project from start to finish.

Many placements lead to continued employment, and 94% of graduates on our programme progress to graduate-level outcomes after their placement. All our placements offer a minimum salary of £18,500, or the pro-rata equivalent.

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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

Find out about ScotGrad

Support for businesses

ScotGrad provides funding to HIE’s account managed clients who want to employ a graduate or student to deliver a specific project for their business.  Contact your account manager for details.



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.

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