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Employers with HR graduate schemes

Which employers offer HR graduate training schemes?

All sorts of companies run HR graduate programmes, including the top employers in sectors such as retail, healthcare, construction and engineering.

As a graduate looking to get into human resources (HR), it may seem as if your options are virtually unlimited – after all, every organisation needs HR staff. However, there is one easy way to narrow down your job hunt. Some employers offer HR schemes specifically for graduates alongside their other training programmes.

Applicants for HR schemes normally require at least a 2.1 and the most commonly requested key competencies are ‘people skills’ and ‘business acumen’. HR schemes are usually open to graduates of all degree disciplines and many of them give you the option to work towards widely recognised Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) qualifications. To give you a head start, here’s a selection of HR schemes from a range of industries:


  • Balfour Beatty offers a two to three-year HR scheme within its business graduate programme.

Energy and engineering

  • Rolls-Royce runs a HR scheme within its graduate development programme.
  • BP offers a rotational three-year HR graduate development challenge programme.


  • KPMG offers a two-year HR placement within its business services graduate programme.


  • The NHS graduate management training scheme includes a human resources management option.

Public service

  • There is an HR option for graduates looking to join the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Retail and consumer goods

  • Unilever runs a three-year HR management scheme as part of its future leaders programme.