Graduate schemes and graduate training
Graduate schemes and graduate training programmes are offered by many large employers. They typically last a year, but some extend to 18 months or even two years. It's the defined time frame and structure that normally distinguishes a graduate scheme or programme from the wider class of 'graduate job', which is the catch all term for entry-level roles that require people with graduate level education.
A single employer can run more than one type of training programme within their organisation. For example, investment banks typically run separate streams for their operations, sales and trading, investment banking and technology roles, among others.
Engineering employers can run a management programmes or finance schemes alongside their engineering training. Accountancy and professional services firms will specialise in training graduates in particular areas of work such as tax, audit, assurance or advisory.
Graduate employers promote their graduate jobs, schemes and training opportunities on targetjobs.co.uk and in sector-focused careers publications like TARGETjobs Finance and TARGETjobs Engineering. These publications can be picked up free from most university careers services or departments, or you can download the latest editions on our graduate careers publications page.
Employers offering graduate schemes are very active on campus during the autumn and spring terms.
Employers offering training programmes are also very active on campus during the autumn and spring terms, taking part in graduate recruitment fairs and hosting employer presentations and events. (Graduate recruiters doing the ‘rounds’ of universities to promote their opportunities and meet with candidates has traditionally been called the ‘milkround’.)
Graduate schemes enable new recruits to settle quickly into a professional work environment, receive relevant skills development and get hands on experience, either working in a specific role within an established team, or through working on a number of assignments in different areas of the organisation over the duration of the programme. If an employer has a large graduate intake, it is more than likely that you will have opportunity to network and socialise with your peers.
The golden rule of graduate schemes: apply early, even if the employer has an 'open' or 'ongoing' recruitment process.
You may have opportunities to work overseas or at different locations in the UK, or you may be based in one place. If you would prefer not to travel and you like a regular home life make sure you are aware of how much mobility is expected when you consider careers and employers.
Training in career areas such as engineering, accountancy, human resources, law, construction, management and property is often accredited by a relevant professional association. This type of support will assist you in qualifying to practise professionally.
The majority of training schemes have application deadlines between November and December for programmes starting the following September/October. You need to do your employer research and be ready to apply early during the first term of your final year.
An increasing number of employers have ‘ongoing’ or ‘open’ recruitment processes meaning that, in principle, they take applications year round. Despite this seeming flexibility, you are still advised to apply early. While these recruiters don’t give a hard and fast deadline, they may make offers from the start of the application period and they may close their scheme once they have filled all their vacancies. Some employers do give a specific closing date, but also state that they will close their recruiting process as soon as they have filled their spaces.
For recruitment success, make sure you’re clued-up on the applications and interview methods used by employers (check out our employer hubs for employers with tips to get hired). Many large graduate employers use online application systems to sort prospective candidates for their schemes and training opportunities. If your application is successful you may then be invited to an assessment centre or interview. Be prepared for psychometric tests – they can crop up in online applications and at interviews and assessments.
Accountancy and financial management and financial services and insurance graduate schemes and programmes
- London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) business graduate programme 20 December
- BGL Group finance graduate programme 21 December
- AIG commercial underwriting graduate programme 23 December
- Moody's Analytics enterprise risk solutions graduate programme 23 December
- Standard Life fund solutions graduate vacancies 25 December
- Aviva global graduate leadership programme 31 December
- Nationwide graduate programmes 31 December
- Johnson & Johnson financial leadership development programme 31 December
- INEOS commercial graduate scheme 31 December
Banking and investment graduate schemes and programmes
- Lloyds Banking Group retail banking graduate leadership programme 31 December
Civil and structural engineering and construction and building services graduate schemes and programmes
- Gerald Eve graduate planning consultant graduate role 9 December
- ISG graduate trainee role 11 December
- Mace graduate development programme 16 December
- BP graduate opportunities in engineering 30 December
- Skanska quantity surveyor graduate programme 31 December
Consulting graduate schemes and programmes
- EY consulting services graduate programme 22 December
Consumer goods graduate schemes and programmes
Engineering graduate schemes and programmes
- nucleargraduates science and engineering graduate programme 11 December
- Atkins aerospace, defence, security and technology graduate development programme 21 December
- Rolls-Royce graduate development programmes 23 December
- Shell process engineering graduate programme 31 December
- Jaguar Land Rover commercial engineering graduate scheme 31 December
- Bechtel mechanical engineering graduate programme 31 December
Hospitality, leisure and travel graduate schemes and programmes
- GLL trainee manager graduate scheme 11 December
- Thomas Cook commercial future leaders graduate programme 15 December
HR and recruitment graduate schemes and programmes
- Korn Ferry Futurestep graduate talent acquisition programme 15 December
IT and technology graduate schemes and programmes
- Fidelity technology graduate programme 14 December
- Telefonica UK (O2) technology graduate programme 15 December
- Gist IT graduate project management trainee scheme 18 December
- Close Brothers IT graduate programme 22 December
- Deutsche Bank graduate technology programme 31 December
- IBM software developer scheme 31 December
- Royal Mail technology graduate programme 31 December
Management and business graduate schemes and programmes
- Balfour Beatty international business graduate scheme 15 December
- Capital One business analytics and marketing scheme 20 December
- RBS international business operations graduate scheme 23 December
- Willis Towers Watson graduate development programme 30 December
- Phillips 66 commercial and marketing graduate development programme 31 December
Media, journalism and publishing graduate schemes and programmes
- Thomson Reuters EMEA Reuters journalism training programme 9 December
Retail graduate schemes and programmes
- Amazon.co.uk e-commerce graduate programme 16 December
- Arcadia buyers administration assistant roles 24 December
- Fenwick graduate buyers training scheme 31 December
This is just a selection of what you can apply for on targetjobs.co.uk just now. To find more, go to the graduate job search. You can find out more about the UK's most popular graduate employers in a range of career sectors from our UK 300 pages.