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Employer Engagement and Curriculum Development

The University of the Highlands & Islands and its partner colleges are fast-growing hubs of innovation and insight, with powerful local and national networks and a growing international presence. There are a number of ways that businesses of all shapes and sizes can interact with students and staff, including:

  • Advertising vacancies, voluntary, graduate and placement opportunities on our JobShop for free
  • Offering student/graduate placements, internships or work experience opportunities
  • Delivering presentations or participating in seminar and workshop programmes
  • Collaborating with students by offering employer-led projects or case studies
  • Collaborating with staff in an advisory capacity to ensure curriculum is informed by business and industry

Find out more about our Careers & Employability team and access employer resources

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Benefits

Benefits of collaborating with our students and graduates include:

  • Access to a wider talent pool for recruitment
  • Access to bright new ideas from motivated students and graduates
  • Raising awareness of your organisation and any opportunities available
  • Addressing short-term support/work needs
  • Shorter placements or temporary interns can be a key resource
  • Influencing the quality and preparedness of people coming into the labour market
  • Well-informed succession planning and workforce development
  • Giving back to the community by supporting students/graduates in their development and prospects
  • Helping to shape the curriculum so it is relevant to your needs as an employer

Graduate Career Advantage Scotland (GCAS)

Graduate Career Advantage Scotland (GCAS) breaks down barriers by supporting employers of all sectors and sizes, making it possible for them to create new impactful opportunities for graduates while benefiting organisations and boosting Scotland’s economy. They operate out of regional Hubs based in locations around Scotland, ensuring employers can access a local team to support their recruitment needs and which understand the unique features of Scotland’s regions. 

Funded via Scottish Funding Council, they work with universities and community partners to bridge the gap between employers and talented graduates; helping to ease the transition into valuable work experience while employers benefit from up-to-date skills, new ideas, and fresh insight.

GCAS offers a flexible model to support as many graduates and employers as possible. Visit their website for full details on how your organisation could benefit from their support in hiring a graduate! 

Visit the GCAS website or email GCAS@ed.ac.uk