Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) Professional Careers Programme

Are you a disabled graduate looking for a rewarding role in NHSScotland? If so, apply for the NHS Professional Careers Programme at the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) Equality Academy.

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) is a user-led organisation, run by disabled people for disabled people. They believe that barriers in society disable people, rather than individual impairments.

Equality Academy

The Equality Academy was established to promote equality matters throughout Scotland.

The academy addresses the under-representation of disabled people in professional-level employment in Scotland. One of the key services they offer is traineeships for disabled graduates.

NHS Professional Careers Programme

The Professional Careers Programme is a 2-year salaried employment opportunity for disabled graduates. NHSScotland is a partner organisation, hosting placements for graduates on the programme. You will have a professional-level role and could work in any of the NHSScotland Boards.

Can I apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • self-identify as a person with a disability
  • hold a degree-level qualification in any subject
  • be unemployed or underemployed

The Social Model of Disability

GCIL promotes the social model of disability. In the workplace, this means that reasonable adjustments will be made to remove barriers to access. Reasonable adjustments can apply to premises, criterion, provisions or practices.

They also have lots of experience in working to identify the most effective support to allow disabled graduates to access the workplace.


Underemployment is defined as education-appropriate employment. The graduate traineeship offers roles to disabled graduates who haven’t had long-term employment at the level their qualifications should allow.

What does the Professional Careers Programme offer?

As a successful candidate, your programme will be tailored to your career goals. Opportunities are offered within one or a variety of departments across NHSScotland, including:

  • communications
  • finance
  • human resources
  • marketing

For successful applicants, the programme offers:

  • up to 2 years salaried graduate-level employment
  • coaching and support
  • professional and personal development
  • support into further employment

For any enquiries about the programme, email

NHS Professional Careers Programme success

To date, the programme has been successful in helping disabled graduates achieve their career goals. Over 90% of NHS Professional Careers Programme employees have been supported into professional-level roles after the programme.

Jen's story

When Jen finished her degree in Politics and Sociology, she found it difficult to secure relevant employment. Interviews were a barrier to access for her, so she was being turned down for graduate-level jobs. However, her application for the NHS Professional Careers Programme was successful.

Jen says the programme changed her own understanding of her disability. She explains "GCIL taught me that my disability is a part of who I am. It’s another characteristic, but it doesn’t define me."

At the end of her programme, Jen successfully applied for a role as a business partner in organisational development. Just 18 months later, she was promoted to organisational development adviser at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.