Graduate Development Programme 2023 - Work For Scotland

Graduate Development Programme 2023

Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme 2023 - Investing in your potential.

The application window for 2023 has now closed.

Your career starts here

The Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme provides the opportunities and support you need to achieve your career goals and become a future leader.

The programme offers tailored support and an accelerated career pathway into leadership roles in the Civil Service, working on high-profile programmes, at the heart of government.

If you are passionate about public services and want to make a difference – this is the graduate scheme for you!

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Investing in your potential

Our 4-year programme offers a mix of work placements, allowing you to gain skills and experience in a wide range of business areas, roles and activities.

You will work with senior leaders and stakeholders delivering impact on a range of key policy areas including health, education and the economy.

We support you at every stage and provide a series of learning and development activities, with a focus on personal and career development.

What we offer

We offer more than just a salary – our comprehensive benefits package includes a range of flexible working options, a staff discount scheme and ongoing professional development to help you achieve your career goals and reach your full potential. We offer:


Who we are looking for

We are looking for graduates with leadership potential.

If you are ambitious, motivated to learn, enjoy taking on new challenges and working as part of a team – we want to hear from you!

Whatever your background, age or degree subject, we value who you are and what you can bring to the programme. In return, we will provide everything you need to develop your skills and fulfil your potential.

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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and we aim to recruit a workforce that is reflective of our diverse nation.

We want people who can bring fresh ideas and approaches to government, and we fully support recruitment and workplace adjustments for anyone who needs them.

Hear from our graduates…

Take a look at our videos and hear some personal perspectives from graduates on the programme and working at the Scottish Government:

The application process

We have a 4-stage recruitment process:

  • Application
  • Initial online assessment
  • Virtual assessment centre (including interview)
  • Offers made / appointment

You can find out more about the stages up to offer below…

1. Application

You will need to submit an application providing some personal details, your CV and a personal statement.

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2. Online assessment

After your application is received you will receive an invitation to complete the initial online assessment.

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3. Assessment centre

The virtual assessment centre will include further assessment and an interview.


Read our Candidate Guide

We have created a Candidate Guide which includes all of the information you might need on our graduate scheme, the recruitment process and what it is like to work at the Scottish Government.

Graduate Recruitment Candidate Guide

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