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Technology Placement Programme

By taking on a graduate or student placement, you could boost innovation, increase digital skills, and improve efficiencies within your business. This programme supports up to 50% of a graduate’s salary.


Take digital skills within your business to the next level

Our technology placement programme offers SMEs in the Highland Council area the opportunity to take on a graduate or student with support covering up to 50% of their salary.

A graduate placement is for a period of 12 months with a salary of between £18,500 and £25,000. A student placement would typically last 12 weeks, although timing can be flexible, with a salary in line with the Living Scottish Wage. 

How will my business benefit?

The programme aims to help businesses keep up with the pace of technological change and accelerate growth through innovation.

By employing a graduate or student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Introduce digital transformation within your business
  • Accelerate growth through the introduction of new products or services
  • Increase efficiencies by adopting new or improved digitally enabled processes
  • Enhance digital knowledge and increase skills within your business
  • Utilise the latest available technology to stay at the forefront of digital innovation.

You will also help create vital job opportunities and support our young workforce across the Highland Council area.


This programme is open to all SMEs based within the Highland Council area.

You must offer a project-based placement which focuses on technological innovation within your business that will support the introduction of new or improved processes, products or services.

I'm an employer, how do I apply?

If you would like more information or if you have a placement opportunity, please apply here.

I'm a graduate, what's on offer? 

Available placements will be advertised below. Have a look at what's on offer and follow the directions on each vacancy page to apply.

I am a student/ graduate - am I eligible?

You’re eligible to apply for any of our graduate 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.

Student placaments usually take place over the summer. You’re eligible to apply if you’re currently in academic studies or if you'll be returning to academic studies after the summer holidays. You mush have completed at least a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or equivalent.

I’m an international graduate – am I eligible?

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

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

Identifying a gap in your business

In 2019, Pat Munro’s (Alness) commercial director, Mark Bramley, identified several IT projects that would introduce digitised processes and reduce administration time across all departments. Find out how the company was able to benefit from using our Technology Placements Programme.

More here
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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.


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