Graduate Development Programme

Recruiting Soon

Register your interest now: applications for the Scottish Government’s Graduate Development Programme (GDP) open in January 2019, with successful applicants starting in September 2019.

Is the GDP for you?

The Graduate Development Programme is right for you if you’re bright, collaborative and motivated to learn. We’re looking for talented people, from all walks of life, who want to make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland.

We want to reflect the make-up of modern Scotland in the talent we recruit and the work we do. We believe that by valuing diverse perspectives, we can better serve the people of Scotland. Furthermore, by having a culture that is open and inclusive we aim to make a fairer, healthier and more prosperous Scotland for everyone. To support this we offer a wide range of flexible working options and workplace adjustments. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, Stonewall Diversity Champion and hold a gold Healthy Working Lives award. So if you’re right for us, we’ll make it work for you.

What is the GDP?

The Graduate Development Programme is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s Talent Development Plan. We want to recruit and develop high calibre individuals, offering you the chance to realise your potential while taking on real responsibility and tackling some of the biggest issues facing Scotland today.

We’ll invest in your potential by offering a clearly defined four-year development programme with active career and performance management.

The programme is designed to help you to gain:

  • Experience You’ll rotate through a range of diverse and challenging postings, allowing you to accelerate your career.
  • Capability – You’ll undertake a mix of organised and self-directed learning, helping you gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed.
  • Exposure – You’ll work with a range of senior staff within the Government, wider public sector and beyond, allowing you to develop a strong network and learn from others.

Interested in applying?

Then click on the register your interest box and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when applications open. You just need to provide us with your name and email address and we’ll do the rest. 

We respect your privacy. So don’t worry, we won’t use this information for anything except keeping you up to date with GDP recruitment news and to ask your opinion of the campaign. You can read more on how we’ll protect your data here

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