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Graduate Development Programme: FOI release

Published: 2 Jul 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
2 Jul 2021
Graduate Development Programme: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100218330
Date received: 28 Jun 2021
Date responded: 30 Jun 2021
Information requested

I would like to request information on the Scottish Government’s Graduate Development Programme.
Specifically, I would like information on:
1) the number of applicants to the programme over the last 5 intakes;
2) the number of applicants who reached the interview stage over the last 5 intakes; and
3) the number of applicants who were offered a place on the programme over the last 5 intakes.

Response

The Scottish Government's Graduate Development Programme was created in 2015 and recruits biannually (every 2 years). Since the programme started there have been 4 intakes to the Graduate Development Programme and the information requested for each of these intakes is detailed in the table below;

 

Year

 

Number of applications

Number of applicants invited to assessment centre/interview stage

Number of applicants offered a place

2015

1474

110

22

2017

2797

151

22

2019

2883

168

21

2021

2605

174*

30

*the assessment centre for the 2021 Graduate Development Programme recruitment campaign was split into 2 parts for the first time. Of the 174 who were invited to the assessment centre, 77 candidates were invited to the final interview stage.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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