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Employers who recruit graduates with a 2.2: the public sector

Employers who recruit graduates with a 2.2: the public sector

If you think you're on course for a 2.2, you can still apply for many programmes in the public sector. Here we run through some of your options.
Several public sector schemes accept 2.2s and guarantee jobs once your graduate training is complete

The public sector includes a number of different departments and schemes that will accept candidates with 2.2 degrees. Several guarantee jobs once your graduate training is complete.

Intellectual Property Office

In the past the Intellectual Property Office has accepted applications for the role of patent examiner from students with 2.2 degrees. However, it has specified that applicants should have studied engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical or electronic), chemistry, electronics, physics, computer science or mathematics. Alternatively, candidates should have equivalent experience in industry.

Civil Service Fast Streams

The Civil Service has a number of roles for candidates with 2.2 degrees via its Fast Stream application process. Graduates with 2.2s can apply for positions in the following streams:

  • Generalist Fast Stream: Central Departments
  • Generalist Fast Stream: Diplomatic Service
  • Generalist Fast Stream: Houses of Parliament
  • European Fast Stream
  • HR Fast Stream
  • Project Delivery Fast Stream
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Social Research Service (with a relevant postgraduate qualification in social research)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Economic Service (with a relevant postgraduate qualification in economics)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Operational Research Service (with a relevant postgraduate qualification)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Statistical Service (with a relevant postgraduate qualification)

Ministry of Defence/Defence Engineering and Science Group

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) primarily recruits graduates for civilian roles via the Central Departments graduate scheme, outlined above.

The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) graduate scheme is an alternative route to a career in the MoD but is only open to candidates with 2.1s or above. The roles are, as the name suggests, predominantly engineering and science based, and thus require candidates to have studied engineering, computer science, maths, physics or a similar subject.

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue and Customs also comes under the Civil Service banner, but operates an entirely separate graduate scheme. The HMRC scheme is known as the Tax Specialist Programme and is open to graduates with a 2.2.

London Treasurer’s graduate finance scheme

The London Treasurer’s graduate finance scheme includes not only London boroughs but also the East Midlands region, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Applicants need not have studied a finance degree, but they should be comfortable working with numbers and have at least a 2.2 degree. You will also need GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at grade C or above.

NHS

The National Health Service (NHS) is open to applications from students who have 2.2s for all of its graduate management programmes. The current graduate management scheme breaks down into four different streams:

  1. Finance management
  2. General management
  3. Health informatics management
  4. Human resources management
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