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Helping Scotland’s Graduates Onto The Career Ladder


A new, highly successful Graduate Intern Programme, part-funded by the Scottish Government, is helping students to make a real contribution across the public, private and third sectors. The Intern Programme is the brainchild of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), an independent think tank, which has been over-whelmed by the success of the initiative and the positive response from all participants. Each placement, lasting a minimum of 3 months is paid, either through the government grant or by the organisation itself, with both the graduates and their employers recognising the mutual benefits of the innovative initiative.

The CSPP is now gearing up for the second year of the Programme and expects to be able to support more graduates across yet more Scottish organisations in 2011 and beyond, even looking to extend the placements internationally. Following the results of the first year of the Intern Programme, the CSPP is planning to roll out the initiative and involve even more organisations to further extend the diversity and geographic reach of the companies involved.

The success of the initiative is also a result of the CSPP’s close association and working relationship with the Scottish Universities’ career teams and services, where vacancies are advertised and promoted on their websites. Participating organisations over the last year have included – McGrigors LLP, Edinburgh City Council, Capability Scotland, YMCA, McTaggert & Mickel and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Further information is available on the CSPP website –

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