What we offer

GCAS for Employers

GCAS breaks down barriers by supporting employers of all sectors and sizes, making it possible for you to create new impactful opportunities for graduates while benefiting your organisation.   

As proud partners of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, GCAS works with universities and community partners to bridge the gap between your organisation and talented graduates; helping to ease their transition into valuable work experience while you benefit from their skills, new ideas, and insight.

Recruiting a recent graduate for an internship will help you to: 

  • Gain new ideas and insight from a diverse new hire 
  • Develop and inspire existing team members 
  • Benefit from a highly skilled, motivated fresh outlook
  • Raise awareness of your industry and organisation 
  • Build a skilled workforce for now and in the future

GCAS Graduate Talent Pool 

Graduates in our Talent Pool are based in Scotland, aged 29 and under, and are currently unemployed or feel that they are not on the career track they’d prefer, so are available to start work almost immediately. We monitor diversity, protected characteristics, and graduates from widening participation backgrounds to ensure we are targeting our support at those who can bring diverse outlooks to your organisation and who will benefit the most from the opportunity.   

Generous funding contributions are available to organisations to enable you to employ one of our graduates up to 35 hours per week for approximately 6 months at National Living Wage (£9.50 per hour). We encourage you to pay our interns more than this to bring pay in line with the average salary of graduates in Scotland.

Funding is allocated to employers offering a high-quality internship in Scotland:

  • With clearly defined, tangible outcomes which is a developmental opportunity for the graduate and with a clear benefit to your organisation    
  • That are open to flexible working patterns, with a minimum of 16 hours per week 
  • In any sector 
  • Of any size 
  • Ending by 30th November 2022 

Benefits of using GCAS 

We operate out of four regional Hubs based in locations around Scotland; ensuring you have a local team available to support your recruitment needs, who understand the region you’re working in. 

You’ll receive support to scope an internship that’s right for your focus and sector, ensuring its beneficial for you and the graduate. We’ll take care of all the advertising and promotion of your vacancy free of charge.

We offer unrivalled access to graduates via university and community partnerships, and active weekly advertising to graduates in the Talent Pool via our newsletter and website. 

We also provide advertising through the following:

  • Partner websites and connections, including:
    • Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
    • Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG)
    • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
    • Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) 
  • GCAS Twitter and LinkedIn pages
  • Relevant Scottish university vacancy portals and teams

During the internship, we will also provide you and your intern with a package of support including: 

  • Professional Development Plan template you can use to set and review goals 
  • Access to the Just Graduated? What Next online course via Open Learn 
  • Peer support and learning with other graduates on internships around Scotland 
  • Regular review and check-ins from the GCAS team 

Access the Flexible Workforce Development Fund: SMEs

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund can help address key skills gaps and develop the skills your business needs now and in the future. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Scotland, in the private, public or third sector who employ less than 250 staff can access training up to the value of £5,000 provided by The Open University to support staff development.  Our training options focus on areas reflecting Scotland’s skills priorities – leadership & businessdigital & IThealth & social care, and the green economy.

The Open University will support SMEs through training at Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 10 – undergraduate – or SCQF Level 11 – postgraduate – and through industry recognised or accredited provision. 

Employers can use this fund to provide structured professional development to their graduate interns and their line managers as part of the GCAS Programme. 

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund is fully funded by The Scottish Funding Council. 

For further information and to apply visit: Flexible Workforce Development Fund | Open University