Interns, apprentices and graduates in Scotland

In Scotland, internships, apprenticeships and universities and can provide the right people for your business and help fill a skills gap. Find out more.


In Scotland, internships, apprenticeships and graduates can help fill a skills gap, add a fresh perspective and even develop your existing workforce.


Interns are usually graduates or undergraduates who take part in a paid or unpaid placement programme as part of their educational course. An internship can last a few weeks to a year, depending on your business requirements. Where the intern is entitled to be paid will depend on the type of placement and work they are doing.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships can help you train new staff or enhance the skills of your existing employees.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supports 25,000 Modern Apprenticeship each year in over 80 frameworks – from healthcare and financial services to construction and IT. They contribute towards the cost of training, and work with you to make sure the apprenticeship meets your needs.

You can choose from three different types of apprenticeship programmes in Scotland:

  • Foundation apprenticeships with local schools
  • Modern apprenticeships
  • Graduate level apprenticeships


Scotland has the highest educational attainment in the UK and the highest concentration of universities in Europe. As a result, your business is connected to an exceptionally skilled and well educated workforce.

The career departments of colleges and universities in Scotland can help you find work-ready graduates and alumni with the right qualifications for your business.

Scottish Development International can connect you to the right universities to help you find skilled graduates for your business.