Employer Eligibility

We are passionate about supporting as many employers as possible, to ensure recent graduates are able to access high-quality internships that will help them on their future career path. With that in mind, the programme is open to organisations of any size, in all sectors, who can host a high-quality internship opportunity.

To be eligible for funding, GCAS internships must: 

  • Be based in Scotland 
  • Have clearly defined, tangible outcomes   
  • Be open to flexible working patterns (minimum of 16 hours per week) 
  • End by 30th November 2022 

Scoping your internship 

GCAS aims to bridge the gap between university and graduate-level work. By offering an internship through GCAS, you will play a huge part in helping disadvantaged graduates to access the labour market and help them get on the right career trajectory.  

We are looking for high-quality internships which will support graduates to develop their skills and better position them for future employment opportunities.  

We understand that roles vary in different sectors, and the level of opportunity to start in the film industry may differ from that in a life science company or environmental agency. The GCAS team are here to help you to scope your role and ensure it will be beneficial and sustainable, for both the graduate and for your organisation. 

Where possible, we encourage our employers to consider paying more than £9.50 per hour, as the national average full-time salary for graduates is £24,000 – £27,000 per annum.  

To ensure that the internships are available to all graduates who meet the GCAS eligibility criteria, we encourage employers to consider being flexible with the hours required to complete the internship (e.g., reduced hours or days).   

Supporting a recent graduate 

By taking part in GCAS, employers will commit to providing their successful graduate with: 

  • An induction 
  • Adequate facilities, materials, and equipment 
  • On-the job training 
  • Support and supervision
    • GCAS provides a Professional Development Plan template 
  • Support to access guidance from GCAS where appropriate

Examples of support you could provide include: 

  • Developing their skills in the workplace 
  • Organising a ‘buddy system’ to connect them with colleagues to support them day-to-day
  • Sharing advice about your career journey, or arranging a mentor within the organisation
  • Providing opportunities to network, or get involved in relevant courses and events
  • Encouraging the graduate to make use of support through GCAS