Collaborating with Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Business school students

This week a new group of graduates appointed through ScotGrad – Highlands and Islands placement programme will benefit from tailored business skills training, designed to support the delivery of graduate and student placements throughout Highlands and Islands.  The ScotGrad – Highlands and Islands programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The seven graduates who are working on innovative placement projects with organisations across the region will attend the three-day residential training at Cromarty Arts Trust Old Brewery.

Interactive training

The course, delivered by Strathclyde’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, enables the graduates from all fields to further tailor their expertise to a business environment. The training is highly interactive and gives graduates practical experience in areas including pitching, negotiation and the use of business models which can be applied on the delivery of their placement projects.

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship is part of Strathclyde Business School, which was named UK Business School of the Year in the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards.

Martin Gannon, a Teaching Associate at the Hunter Centre, said: “The graduates taking part come from a range of backgrounds, both academically and now professionally. Some are working with social enterprises, which have additional social and cultural aims but face the same challenges as any other organisation.”

Karla Sam-Sin, ScotGrad programme manager at HIE, said: “The training as part of the ScotGrad – Highlands and Islands programme offers valuable business skills training to help graduates and students by using real-time examples so participants can understand the challenges an organisation and their employees can face.

“The training is also designed to help participants create and develop their own business support network, regardless of whether their placement is in Kintyre, Stornoway or even Unst, as many of the graduates and students continue to keep in touch long after their ScotGrad placement has been completed.”

Comments from graduates who have attended the previous programme include: “Learning about the Business Model Canvas and its practical use will be useful in my role. The training has improved my confidence to sell my ideas and the products I will be developing,” and: “I plan to use a lot of the pitching and sales elements in my role and marketing plan.”