Graduate Development Programme: candidate guide 2023

Guidance for candidates applying to the 2023 Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme.

Requesting adjustments

We want people who can bring fresh ideas and approaches to government and we fully support recruitment and workplace adjustments for anyone who needs them.

Recruitment adjustments:

You can find out more about requesting adjustments to our standard recruitment processes on our website at: Candidate Support - Work For Scotland (

For a personal perspective, you can also read our blog on adjustments by staff member Muireann: Recruitment Adjustments Scottish Government (

If you would like to request an adjustment or speak to a member of our team about adjustments in advance of your application, please contact us at:

Workplace adjustments:

The Scottish Government has a dedicated workplace adjustments team who provide advice and support to staff and line managers on providing adjustments in the workplace.

Inclusivity is a core value of Scottish Government. If you are successful in securing a place on the programme, the team will ensure that any adjustments you need to do your job are in place for you on the first day in your new post.

Accessibility options for assessment:

The assessment platform provides some self-service accessibility features for candidates through the use of a tool called ReciteMe.

The ReciteMe toolbar can be used on the assessment platform to:

  • make changes to the font type, size and colours
  • customise the background colour
  • use the reading ruler
  • focus on a small sections of text for usability
  • magnify text on the screen

Use of screen readers:

We have created a version of the assessments which are optimised for use with screen-readers.

If you intend to use a screen-reader to complete the online assessments please contact us in advance of your assessment at:


Sarah Wright:

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