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Who is a Graduate Programme for?

Graduate programmes or schemes are offered usually by larger companies to students who have recently graduated from university.

What is a Graduate Programme?

Typically you will be on the programme for 12-24 months and this will often involve you moving around the business on a rotation, experiencing the different departments in the area you have joined. There will also be time spent understanding the wider business and your role in it.

The Graduate Programmes are often available in specialisms ranging from HR, Finance, Marketing and Retail to Law, Engineering and Management. Your choice of degree will influence the programme and company you target when applying.

When recruiting, companies will often look for students who have had experience through an internship/placement in the industry during their degree. The opportunity to gain this experience with a company in your chosen sector can be invaluable and really strengthen your application.

More information about internships can be found here. 

As a graduate trainee you will benefit from a structured development plan focusing on developing the skills and experiences aligned to your future role and the values the business believes are important for you to have as you progress through the business.

At the end of the programme, the aim is to ensure that you are ready to progress into a role aligned to the value you have added during the programme. You will know about the business, the department you will join and the role. You will have also learned more about yourself and what makes you the best you can be.

For more information about Graduate programmes please visit:

Careers Advice | Graduate Schemes

Career Finder | UCAS 

Applying for a Graduate Programme:

Applications for Graduate Programmes vary from company to company and are usually well in advance of your starting date to allow for a rigorous selection process. Searching and Applying for a graduate Programme can be done in a number of ways:


Graduate Jobs

Prospects | Graduate Jobs