Develop in-demand skills and gain industry experience

Are you a recent STEM graduate, resident in Scotland? Would you like the opportunity to undertake a fully paid six-month placement through the National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland’s Manufacturing Skills Academy?

You will work with one of NMIS’s Scotland-based industrial partners, typically a small or medium sized company, or within one of the NMIS technical teams. This will give you vital work experience, help you learn new skills and kick-start your career.

Depending on where you are in Scotland you could be matched locally with one of NMIS’s industrial partners based in areas such as Aberdeen, the Highlands, Dumfries, Fife,  Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and surrounds, the Scottish Borders or within an NMIS specialist technology centre.

Candidates will be matched to a role that focuses on their skillset, which could be anything from new product development to research, photonics, digital manufacturing, materials expertise, designing and prototyping electronic and embedded systems and more.

How to apply

NMIS are looking for enthusiastic recent university STEM graduates to help drive the future of manufacturing in Scotland. If you meet the conditions below then please complete the online form below and provide NMIS with your CV and a short video.

This will allow NMIS to shortlist candidates and match you with a project or an industrial partner close to where you live. NMIS will contact you if you qualify for the next stage of the application process – an online meetup.


Applications close on 12th April and training is due to start on 3rd May 2021.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Conditions of employment

Trainees will be employed by the University of Strathclyde at grade 01 of the published pay scale. By filling in the form, you confirm that you are eligible to work in the UK. Please refer to the conditions of employment here.

NMIS graduate training is funded by the Scottish Government’s National Transition Training Fund (NTTF). Funding is conditional on the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants should be aged 25 or over* and struggling to find work
  • Graduated recently in a STEM-related subject, and
  • Reside in Scotland

*while priority will be given to candidates aged 25+, those under 25 may still apply and will be considered.