The Foundation was established to address the challenge faced by Scottish growth companies to compete in the global marketplace; and the need to grow the confident entrepreneurial capabilities of the Scottish graduate community. The perceived constraint is not one of technology or innovation – Scotland has a proud history in both of these – but one of people. People who have the entrepreneurial global mindset Growing more competitive businesses of scale is central to the medium and long term growth strategies for Scotland. The success of these strategies depends significantly on t he availability of human capital ie entrepreneurial talent with the vision and drive to create or transform businesses into global businesses of scale. The Saltire Foundation was created by Scottish Enterprise to address this specific challenge. With the support of the GlobalScot network, The SaltireFoundation accelerates the development of Scotland’s potential business leaders by offering unrivalled opportunities to work with, learn from and network with some of the world’s leading business players..
The Foundation runs two outstanding programmes centred on excellence: a prestigious one year Fellowship and an International Undergraduate programme. The Undergraduate Programme provides students with the opportunity to participate in an eight-week internship at the international branches of a wide range of influential companies. The Fellowship Programme is a world-class, year long programme that equips the Fellow with the skills and attitude required to take a leadership role within Scottish business. It blends teaching at the #1 ranked business school in the world for entrepreneurship with hands on international experience at a major, global company then a Scottish high growth SME. If you’d like more information on the Fellowship, you should visit the Saltire Foundation website.
The Undergraduate Programme offers some of Scotland's most talented students a unique opportunity to work with senior level, influential people in the world's leading companies. It WILL accelerates YOUR confidence, skills and ambition. For many it is a defining moment in their lives.
Interns are at a variety of locations around the globe.
Here is an insight into some of the host company organisations from last YEAR many of whom you will recognise, who provided first class project opportunities for undergraduates like yourselves last year. This summer our host companies CONTINUE TO BE all prestigious global organisations who will give successful applicants a true taste of how business operates at the very highest level. THESE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO VIEW AND APPLY FOR ON THE SALTIREFOUNDATION WEBSITE FROM 18 TH FEBRUARY
We are looking for people who can act as ambassadors for SCOTLAND. Successful candidates won’t only be representing themselves, but will be representing their University, the SaltireFoundation and Scotland. Professional behaviour, an absolute “can-do” attitude and using your initiative will be expected of you at all times – in work and outside of work. Candidates will be selected on their individual merits, with academic achievement being only one of the factors we consider.
With only limited places available for talented students in Scotland, the programme standards are high. Competition for places is extremely high and there are strict eligibility criteria in place. It is really critical that you make sure you meet all the outlines requirements before submitting an application. Successful candidates will gain an invaluable insight into the workings of high-level international business operations on a practical level. You will return energised with a fresh passion and enthusiasm, ably equipped to seize the rich opportunities that Scotland has to offer.
Scotland’s Challenge Constraint in growing global businesses of scale is not technology or opportunity but human resources: Improve marketing & sales capability Global mindset Confident, entrepreneurial capabilities Future Business Leaders
Two Programmes The SaltireFoundation will help create these future business leaders via two routes: Undergraduate Internship Programme Fellowship Programme 100 students per year (5 year goal) 20 fellows per year
Undergraduate Programme <ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><li>To establish a highly competitive international summer internship programme for undergraduates which will develop and enhance international networks for Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to gain practical work experience in an international context and increase skill set and ambition of Scotland's students. </li></ul><ul><li>Being involved in a demanding project of real commercial significance. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with senior level executives. </li></ul><ul><li>Immersing yourself in the culture of one of the world’s key business locations. </li></ul>
Interns 2010 Poland New York City Japan (at summit of Mt Fuji)
Interns 2010 Boston, USA Malmo, Sweden Shenzhen, China
<ul><li>We are looking for Ambassadors for Scotland with the following attributes: </li></ul><ul><li> Professional Motivated </li></ul><ul><li> ‘ Can-do’ attitude Independent </li></ul><ul><li> Up for a real challenge Ability to work under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated to alumni activities </li></ul><ul><li>And who we’re not looking for… </li></ul><ul><li>X Those just seeking employment abroad </li></ul><ul><li>X Those with no long-term commitment to Scotland or the SaltireFoundation </li></ul><ul><li>X Anyone looking for a paid holiday </li></ul>Who we are looking for…
Eligibility Criteria <ul><li>To apply you must: </li></ul><ul><li> be available for 8 week overseas placement starting mid July 2011; </li></ul><ul><li> be in the UK for 4 weeks prior to undertaking 8 week placement (for visa processing, PR activity, networking/briefing events); </li></ul><ul><li> not have previous international business placement experience (as part of your course or other); </li></ul><ul><li> be in your penultimate year of undergraduate study returning to Scotland for final year in 2011; </li></ul><ul><li> be studying at a Scottish university; </li></ul><ul><li> be able to demonstrate your commitment to Scotland; </li></ul>
What happens next? <ul><li>Information Sessions Jan/Feb 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Applications open 18 th February 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online application forms (www.saltirefoundation.com) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications close 28 th February 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Speed interviews Glasgow, 23-24 March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone interviews begin April 2011 (Date TBC) </li></ul><ul><li>Placements confirmed by 15 th April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Pre placement briefing June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Visa application process May/June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Placements begin July 2011 </li></ul>
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