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Career starters

Starting your career at Scottish Enterprise

Our career starter programmes are aimed at those just starting their careers, or those starting a new career. We offer graduate roles, internships and apprenticeships to help give you an introduction to a department or multiple departments. But it’s not just these structured programmes that are available to career starters – keep an eye on our vacancies page for any other open vacancies that might be suitable for your skills and experience.

Our graduate programme

Our graduate programme recruits graduates into permanent roles in various departments across the business. You’ll be a vital part of your team, with your own responsibilities and projects to work on – of course, always with the support of your new team. You’ll have access to the same rewards and benefits as everyone else, including opportunities to develop your career through training opportunities, courses, mentoring, job shadowing and more.

We’ve already filled our latest round of graduate roles, but we expect to recruit again later this year. Keep an eye on our vacancies page for the next round of graduate roles. 

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We work with Career Ready to provide mentoring and internships to S5 and S6 pupils. These are two-year programmes involving an 18-month mentoring relationship with someone at Scottish Enterprise, plus a 4-week paid internship with us. We’ll aim to place you in a team and department that’s related to your career goals and help you get experience in the things you’re interested in.

We organise these internships directly with Career Ready and the schools involved. If you’re interested in an internship with us, speak to someone at your school who may be able to help.

Find out more about Career Ready internships



Our apprenticeships give you real-world experience in the workplace while you complete your studies. We offer two types of apprenticeships:

  • Foundation apprenticeships for school pupils who have chosen to do a college subject during their 5th and 6th years. You’ll have the chance to get real-world, paid work experience, where you can put some of the skills you’re learning at college into action. If you’re interested, get in touch with someone at your school who can help.
  • Modern apprenticeships offer roles in several of our departments. You’ll usually have the chance to work across different teams within your department to get an understanding of the different roles, whilst also working towards a vocational qualification related to your role. You’ll have your own responsibilities, as well as access to the same rewards and benefits as everyone else. This includes career development and training opportunities such as courses, coaching, job shadowing and much more. When our next modern apprenticeships are available, we’ll advertise them alongside our other vacancies.

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships

Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships

Support for young people

We know that joining a workplace as a young person can sometimes feel like a daunting prospect. Not everyone who’s starting or changing careers will be a young person, but if you are, we want to make sure that we can offer you any extra support you might need to settle into your new career.

Find out more about our culture and our support for young people on our culture and values page.

Other career starter opportunities

We don’t just hire those in the early stages of their careers through these structured programmes. Explore our current vacancies to find other roles that could match your experience and qualifications.

Our employer accreditations and awards

Disability confident employer

Disability confident employer

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Investors in young people - Gold Award

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