Technology Placements

Fresh ideas and new ways to benefit your business through technology.

What it is

The Technology Placement Programme gives businesses affordable access to high-performing graduates and students who can apply the latest technologies to specific projects to raise productivity, improve performance and increase competitive status. The purpose of the Technology Placement Programme is to ensure that SMEs have access to the workforce skills they require, to keep up with the pace of technological change and ensure they are at the forefront of innovation. Covid-19 has increased the need for innovation in business and technology has enabled businesses to remain connected and productive.

The Technology Placement Programme offers both student and graduate placements.

Graduate placements provide opportunities for up to a year, while student placements provide opportunities for a maximum of 12 weeks full time or 22 weeks pro rata.

Graduates and students seeking these positions have normally studied subjects such as: engineering, computer science and electronics.

How will the programme benefit your business and the graduate/student?

As a result of Covid-19, businesses are innovating more, moving faster and taking bigger risks than before. Lockdown has brought forward a shift to remote and online working, which creates further opportunities. For Highland businesses keen to adopt and pursue new technologies to stay competitive, paid work placements are a dynamic, affordable route to stimulating growth, kick-starting change, and discovering young talent - an arrangement with the potential to deliver long-term prospects for both students and businesses.

The type of projects that will be undertaken by the placements will vary, from increases in automation and process improvement, to pure software projects and application development; technologies that enable a business to be more adaptable and responsive to change.

The programme will help businesses increase their productivity, cut down on waste and improve growth. It will make businesses in the area more competitive in national and global markets and help them expand through development of new products and services. The cost savings provided by the placements will help the business focus their investment on other areas of the business.

Placements will provide opportunities for graduates and students to enhance their skills and knowledge and provide them with vital workplace experience.

How much will the programme cost your business?

All placements will offer a competitive salary which will help attract and retain young people in the Highland Council area.

For an eligible project, the Technology Placement Programme will support 50% of salary costs for graduate placements with a salary ranging between £18,000 and £25,000 and student placements in line with the Scottish Living Wage. No employer’s national insurance costs, insurance costs or pension costs will be supported through the programme. The business will support these costs and the remaining 50% of the graduate/student’s salary.

Funding is provided through the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal (50%) and European Regional Development Fund (50%).

Who is eligible?

All SME’s including social enterprises in the Highland Council area can apply for the Technology Development Programme.

Technology Placement Programme

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Tech Out your business with a student or a graduate

Businesses looking to bring in a student to help develop products and services can offer a placement of up to 12 weeks - ideal for shorter-term projects.

For businesses looking for longer-term support, graduate placements can be offered for up to one year.

With a 50% salary contribution available for student and graduate placements, it’s a cost-effective way of accessing technological expertise at a competitive cost.

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About the Technology Placements and the Northern Innovation Hub

Technology Placements is a support programme delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.

It is funded through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.