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Scotland offers workplace experience to international students

The Workplace Experience Programme for International Students is a Scottish government-funded project to help international students at Scottish universities gain exposure to employers in Scotland through a range of opportunities, including work shadowing, mentoring, company visits, short projects and placements. Companies involved range from multinationals to small/medium enterprises (SMEs). As well as giving students experience of the workplace in Scotland, these opportunities also help to expand their transferable skills and develop a local network of professional contacts.

All international students (including students from European countries) currently studying at a Scottish university are eligible to apply for the programme.

The programme plays an important role as part of an overall strategy for universities as they continue to develop internationalisation links and partnerships.  There are real benefits for the company as projects are focused on business improvement by utilising, for example, the use of the student's language skills and cultural knowledge to increase confidence and opportunities to trade overseas.

Overall, student and company comments are overwhelmingly positive:

"This programme will be significant in helping employers engage with international students. In the past, I have enjoyed working with students from different parts of the world and I am delighted to have an opportunity to work closely with a few of those studying in Glasgow this year." Business Mentor, Maclay, Murray & Spens

This article first appeared in Phoenix (May 2012). 

Tags: work placement work experience Scotland international students placement internationalisation Sector

Created on: 21 May 2012

Last updated: 21 May 2012

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