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More companies sign up to support Saltire scholars


New cohort: (left to right) Ryan Muir – University of Strathclyde; Sheryl How – Heriot Watt University; Fai Johnson – University of Glasgow; Alexandra Dobrea – University of Strathclyde


Project Heather, which is behind Scotland’s new Stock Exchange, and the jeweller Hamilton & Inches, are among a number of first-time hosts joining a global exchange for young people.

They will provide opportunities to students taking part in this year’s Saltire Scholar Internship Programme, organised by Entrepreneurial Scotland.  

Now in its 13th year, the programme will see a record 178 students working for between eight and 12 weeks with a range of organisations around the world.  Other first-time hosts are Aberdeen Standard in Singapore, Plexus Corporation in Wisconsin, as well as Mitsubishi, 99 Cents Only, Italo and Network Rail.

There are many returning host companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Petroleum Experts, Edinburgh Airport, Liberty Mutual and Alexander Dennis. 

The students begin their internships on 10 June, with 85 travelling overseas and the remainder undertaking placements around the UK.

Following their internships, scholars will become part of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s exclusive Saltire Alumni that is made up of 1200+ individuals who have participated in Saltire leadership programmes.  

Sara Cook, head of Saltire Scholar Programme at Entrepreneurial Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to have our largest number of students taking part in the Saltire Scholar programme this summer. For many Scottish businesses finding talented people with the right attitude, skills and ambition is a real challenge therefore developing the next generation remains a priority.

“At ES we are committed to diversity and are proud to demonstrate gender balance with 53% female participants to 47% male participants in this year’s cohort.” 

Students harness data power

Data scientists are being placed in organisations across Scotland as part of a drive by The Data Lab to enable employers to harness the power of data and artificial intelligence across industries. 

Organisations will take on one full-time data MSc student for a three-month paid industrial placement, as part of The Data Lab’s MSc programme.

Since launching in 2015, 416 students have been sponsored by The Data Lab, with 133 having completed placements at more than 76 organisations, spanning private, public and third sectors. This summer, nearly 100 students will be starting a placement before graduating from their MSc course.

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