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Local Graduate Recruitment Initiatives

Are you a recent graduate still looking for your first graduate job? If you’re not already registered on our vacancy site, make sure you do so now! There are currently over 250 graduate vacancies posted here:

Did you know that there are several local initiatives funded by the Scottish Government to help unemployed/under-employed graduates into work? Here is a summary of these and eligibility criteria:

Glasgow Commonwealth Graduate Fund

To qualify for support through the Commonwealth Graduate Fund Initiative you must:

  • Have been unemployed or underemployed since graduation for at least 13 weeks
  • Live within the Glasgow City Council Boundary and can provide residency criteria
  • Have graduated since May 2009
  • Be legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom for a minimum of 2 years from your potential start date of employment

Register at to establish eligibility. You will then be invited for an appointment at city council to bring certificates and other evidence. Once confirmed you can view and apply for jobs. Brief vacancy details are also posted on our vacancy site at .

Renfrewshire Council Graduate Internships Programme

Those eligible to apply for the internships will:

  • Be a graduate with a degree aged under 25
  • Live in Renfrewshire
  • Be unemployed or under-employed in part-time work or jobs which don’t use their education and skills

Vacancies are advertised at  and also on our vacancy site

Also see the Invest in Renfrewshire Website for more information:

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Funding has been secured to pilot a scheme to support graduate recruitment and business growth in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Up to 100 graduates unable to find a job will be supported by the pilot in its first year.

To be eligible to apply for a vacancy under this scheme, you must be:

  • A recent graduate
  • Unemployed or under-employed

NB You do not need to live within any specific boundaries for this scheme

UWS has close connections with the Chambers of Commerce in these areas and we look forward to promoting these vacancies on our vacancies site when the scheme is up and running.

The full press release can be found here:

South Lanarkshire Job Fund

Managed by Routes to Work South. Not specifically aimed at graduates, however there may be vacancies of interest and you may register if you live in South Lanarkshire.

For more information visit:

To register visit:

West Dunbartonshire Graduates for Business Growth

West Dunbartonshire Council are offering financial incentives to local businesses to create graduate job opportunities.

To qualify for support you must be:

  • A recent graduate (degree level or above) and have graduated within the last two years
  • Currently be unemployed or working in non-graduate level employment
  • A resident of West Dunbartonshire

For more information contact:


Glasgow 2014 Vacancies

No specific graduate scheme, however many vacancies are graduate entrant level. Visit

Vacancies are also advertised on our vacancies site:

Strathclyde Police

Currently recruiting and interested in hearing from UWS graduates. Visit


Don’t forget these Scotland-wide initiatives, vacancies for which are also posted on our vacancies site:

Talent Scotland –

Open to all graduates who:

  • Have graduated from a higher education institution within the past two years.
  • Have no more than one year of relevant (graduate level) work experience since graduation.
  • International graduates must have up-to-date visa documentation that covers the full length of the placement.  Contact the Relocation Advisory Service for more information and advice.
  • Have good English language skills appropriate to a business environment.

Adopt an Intern –

Adopt an Intern aims to provide opportunities for graduates to gain paid and meaningful work experience and to establish a sustainable, fair and accessible internship culture in Scotland.

Check out their information for graduates page for more information:


Remember you can use our services for up to 2 years after graduation. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Calling UWS Alumni

We are looking for Alumni to contribute case studies that will help current students recognise the employability skills they bring to UWS, and those they develop while they are here, that enhance their career development. If you are a graduate of UWS, or any of its former institutions, who has a career story to tell, or if you are a recent graduate who has secured your first graduate job, we would love to hear from you.

Download a case study form: Case study template

Civil Service Faststream Events – Glasgow & Edinburgh

Hoping to join the Civil Service? Or just wondering what to do with your skills when you graduate? Think Fast Stream! Come along to a friendly session where you can learn all about the UK Civil Service’s graduate recruitment scheme: the different options, the assessment process, and just what a civil servant does, anyway. (Everything. (Mostly not all at once.))
Scottish-based Fast Streamers will talk about their work in areas such as DWP, DfID and the Scottish Government, discuss the experience of being on different “streams”, including generalists (policy), economists, and EU specialists, and give you an inside story on the highs and lows of being on this competitive, intensive programme. There will also be a Q&A to answer all your questions.
The next recruitment round for the UK Government’s Faststream graduate scheme will be open from September to November 2012. The events are:
10/10/2012 2pm Glasgow (Europa Building, Argyle Street)
17/10/2012 2pm Edinburgh (Thistle House, Haymarket Terrace)
[Spaces are limited, and available first come first served. Please give your full name when registering as this is required for security. Spaces are limited so if you find out you cannot attend, please remember to cancel your booking.]
For more detail about the faststream, please see the Cabinet Office website:
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