Early careers - Scottish Government Jobs

Early careers

Helping you to reach your full potential

We are passionate about providing early career pathways into the Civil Service and investing in the next generation of our workforce to become the leaders of tomorrow.

We offer the chance to make a real difference in a range of exciting roles, with ongoing support, learning and career development to kick-start your career.

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Graduate Development Programme

Our Graduate Development Programme offers an accelerated route into a leadership role at the Scottish Government through a fully-supported 4-year programme of work placements and learning.

We recruit for the programme every 2 years and the next application window is expected to open in 2025.

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Modern Apprenticeships Positions

We recruit Modern Apprentices for a wide range of roles and positions. Our apprentices have the opportunity to work and study at the same time, gaining valuable work experience whilst also earning a salary and achieving a qualification.

Apprenticeships are advertised throughout the year.


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Graduate Apprenticeship Positions

We support our staff to develop their skills and offer graduate apprenticeships to employees who would benefit from undertaking a formal qualification related to their role.

Graduate apprenticeships are currently only available to existing staff members, with information on how to apply shared on our internal channels.

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Internships and work experience

We also offer a variety of internship opportunities and paid work experience for students and young people to gain valuable experience in a specific professional area or role.

Entry-level roles

We also recruit entry-level positions across a wide range of business areas and professions throughout the year.

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