Graduate Eligibility

GCAS is part of the Young Person’s Guarantee. The programme has been allocated funding by the Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council to bridge the gap for graduates facing barriers to entering the labour market.  

You are eligible if you are:  

  • Unemployed or employed in a non-graduate level role that does not fit into your future career plan  
  • A recent graduate (summer 2019>) from:
    • Dip HE, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or PhD levels of study
  • Aged 29 or under 
  • Based in Scotland 
  • Have the right to work in the UK* for the duration of the internships you apply to 

*Resident or currently in the country, for example, via the Graduate Visa Route. Although some may be able to do so, there is no expectation on GCAS employers to sponsor visas. For more information on visas, visit UKCISA:  

UK Council for International Student Affairs 

We know that some graduates can find accessing employment especially challenging for a variety of reasons, including background, ethnicity, disability, and location. If you feel this describes your situation then this programme is designed to help you in particular. We are interested in knowing about additional challenges you have faced in your graduate job hunt to enable us to tailor the support we provide with you. Below are a few examples of some of the challenges graduates commonly face, but we’d like to hear from you even if your situation does not fit directly into one of these examples.

Examples include if you:  

  1. Are from an under-represented group, e.g., with protected characteristics such as disability or ethnically diverse background 
  1. Entered university from a widening participation background, for example: 
    • Primary and Secondary school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, e.g., those in receipt of free school meals or from low attaining schools 
    • Vulnerable or more marginalised groups such as young carers, care leavers, those with refugee / asylum seeker status, or who are estranged from family
  1. Are finding your employment opportunities are limited by location (where you live or want to work) outside the main urban hubs of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen