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Technology Placement Programme

Applications are open now for SMEs in the Highland Council area interested in 50% funding for a student or graduate placement.


Could your business benefit from some fresh digital skills?

Our technology placement programme offers SMEs in the Highland Council area the opportunity to take on a graduate or student placement - and we'll fund up to 50% of their salary.

Is there an aspect of your business that’d be more efficient if you digitised, automated or introduced a new technology process? Maybe it’s moving records online, developing digital services, or introducing new software or hardware to streamline your processes.

If you know just the project, but are struggling to find the skills or hours from within your current workforce, our Technology Placement Programme can help.

A student placement would typically last 12 weeks, although that's flexible, with a salary in line with the Living Scottish Wage. A graduate placement is for 12 months with a salary of between £21,750 (minimum) and £28,750. 

How will my business benefit?

The programme aims to help businesses keep up with the pace of technological change and accelerate growth through innovating how you do things.

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'll 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.

We can help you scope a project-based placement, work out a person spec, and help you find the fresh skills and thinking you need.  

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? 

Where we have placements available we'll advertise them below. Keep an eye on our social media platforms too.

More vacancies coming soon, please check back regularly.

Find out more about the programme in our Tech Talks


Tech Talks with Proterra Energy and MacDonald Project Solutions

In this episode, Terry Stebbings from Proterra Energy and Peter MacDonald from MacDonald Project Solutions, both engineering businesses.

Craig chats to Peter and Terry about how they brought new talent into their businesses through a subsidised 12-week work placement during 2020 and 2021. Find out what made them decide to take on a student and how the projects delivered during the placements gave their businesses a real boost.

Tech Talks with iDE8 and UHI

In this episode, Craig speaks to David Howarth, director of iDE8, a medical device product design and development company, and Douglas Barr, Programme Leader of the Applied Software Development Honours Degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

David employed a graduate to develop a web app that will allow his clients to easily share important information with the business, and this episode highlights the fantastic benefits that in-house software development can bring businesses. David and Douglas also talk about the exciting talent coming out of Scottish universities and highlight how graduates offer a cost-friendly alternative to hiring consultants.

Tech Talks with Pure Water International

In this episode Craig speaks to David Maclennan, director of Pure Water International (PWI). David hired two University of Strathclyde graduates to test and develop a prototype created by the company to remove chemicals, medication, plastic fibres, and polluted substances from water.

Hear from David about how, after only six months in post, the graduates have already demonstrated an incredible ability to design, draw and prototype a new water purification solution, speeding up time to market by 18 months.

David and Craig discuss how the benefit of technology placements goes both ways: the business benefits from fresh thinking and new skills at a reduced cost; and the graduates get to work on a wide variety of tasks and have more input than they would in a typical graduate scheme. They agree that having no previous industry experience can even be a bonus, as Orrin and Scott (the graduates) came with no preconceived ideas.

About the show

Hear from business owners across the Highlands and Islands who have employed graduates and students through our Technology Placement Programme. This podcast series is hosted by Craig Steele, a computer scientist, published author, and creative technologist who loves nothing more than talking about anything digital or techy.

The Technology Placement programme is part of the Northern Innovation Hub which is funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal and the European Regional Development Fund. 

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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.

Pat Munro

Our Technology Placement Programme was a great help to Pat Munro.

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Pure Water International

How our 50% funded Technology Placement Programme has rapidly accelerated product development for Pure Water International

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How Inverness-based medical device product designer and developer iDE8 is helping medical device companies develop the technologies to help improve health across the globe

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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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