Fresh Talent Initiative
The Fresh Talent Initiative was a Scottish Government policy framework to encourage people to settle in Scotland. The initiative was launched in February 2004 by then First Minister, Jack McConnell as a way of countering the 'biggest challenge facing Scotland' of its falling population.
Since immigration is a matter reserved to the UK parliament in the legislation that established the Scottish Parliament in 1999 (the Scotland Act 1998), agreement had to be obtained from the Home Office for a key part of the initiative: to allow overseas graduates from Scottish universities, who express the intention of living and working in Scotland, to stay on for two years following graduation to seek employment. The Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme was up and running by summer 2005, applying to those who graduated that year.
- New Scots: Attracting Fresh Talent to meet the Challenge of Growth scotland.gov.uk, accessed 4 November 2008
- FOREWORD scotland.gov.uk, accessed 4 November 2008
- ENCOURAGING STUDENTS AT SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES TO STAY IN SCOTLAND scotland.gov.uk, accessed 4 November 2008
- Scotland's Fresh Talent plan angers English universities ukimmigration.com, accessed 5 November 2008
- Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk, accessed 5 November 2008