Graduate scheme


Scheme duration: 2-years
Location: Nationwide
Salary: £26,500 (increasing to £30,000 in year 2) + amazing benefits
Deadline for applications: 31st May 2022


Fast-track your way to becoming a qualified occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing manager with our Graduate Scheme.

Consisting of at least two rotations at one of our 18 UK-wide operational depots, this scheme provides you with first-hand experience of leading people and exposure to the key operational areas within our business – all with the overall aim to establish and maintain the highest Health, Safety & Wellbeing standards within Gist. Here’s what you can expect to be doing as a Graduate at Gist…

  • Once you join us you will have the opportunity to undertake the IOSH Managing safely course, with the expectation to undertake the NEBOSH General Certificate on completion of the 2-year scheme
  • You will implement and manage the company’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing system and provide general support to your site
  • Provide health, safety and environmental advice to meet all appropriate legal and IMS policy standards. This includes but not limited to; warehouse safety, driver & fleet safety, vehicle maintenance unit safety, facilities management, environmental compliance, health and wellbeing, cultural improvement and emergency preparedness.
  • Review accident trends, hazard reporting trends and assist site management in the development of site Safety Action Plans relevant to the Safety issues/risks identified.
  • Assist and support site management in the investigations into relevant accident, incidents and injuries.
  • Assist operational teams with emergency planning and arrangements, including testing of emergency plans.
  • Carry out HSW management system audits/inspections at our sites and offices
  • Monitor and ensure outputs from audits/inspections/reviews and any corrective actions are raised and owned by leadership teams at your respective sites.
  • Pro-actively participate in the HSW Function discussions to support a continuous improvement programme.


With over one fifth of our senior management team coming from our graduate scheme, our schemes have been setting graduates up for success for a number of years.

Throughout your time with us you will receive training and development programmes that are designed to equip you with the knowledge, best practice, skills and techniques to set you up for success. This will be delivered in conjunction with your regular progress meetings to ensure you are working towards a career plan that meets your needs and aspirations.

  • From day one you will gain real management responsibility, rapid progression, industry leading training and coaching
  • You will receive structured on-site, central and external training opportunities, as well as regular performance reviews to ensure you are receiving the right support and opportunities
  • You will be allocated a mentor who will be a senior manager in our business and will be there to offer support and guidance on your career within Gist


We’re looking for driven graduates who thrive in fast-paced and challenging environments, to become our future leaders. If you fit the following criteria, you’re perfect for this scheme:

  • You have achieved or are on track to achieve a 2:1 in occupational health and safety or a related discipline
  • The environment is fast-paced and not your normal 9-5. You may be required to work shifts, nights and weekends in order to ensure that our HSW agenda is being delivered throughout our 24 hour operational cycle
  • Due to the nature of our scheme you must be flexible with your location of employment for the duration of the scheme, as you could be based in any one of our numerous UK sites for each of your placements
  • You are passionate about Health, Safety and Wellbeing and environmental development
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • You proactively look to transform, adapt and improve things around you. You want to exceed expectations
  • Change isn’t a scary word for you. You thrive on new challenges, new people and pick things up quickly and effectively
  • You hold a full UK driving license by the start date of the scheme


  • You will receive a starting salary of £26,500 (increasing to £30,000 in year 2)
  • We know that moving can be worrying and stressful – we give you time to find the right place and will support you with this move
  • Whether it’s personal or professional, the Employee Assistance Helpline offers counselling, financial and legal advice as well as an online health portal
  • 25 days holiday
  • Discretionary performance-related bonus scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Healthcare
  • My Benefits – offering great discounts across retail and leisure outlets


We are keen to ensure our selection process gives you a clear insight into our business, and most importantly offers you a good understanding of what life is like on the Graduate Scheme at Gist.

1. Head to and complete our online application form
2. If successful you will then complete a 20 minute video interview where we will get to know you, understand why you’re interested in Gist and hear about why you’d be a great fit for us
3. Following a successful video interview, we will invite you to one of our virtual insight days where you will get the opportunity to learn more about Gist, meet our people and complete some interactive assessments
4. If we think you show potential, you will be invited to our final stage assessment centre at one of our depots. Throughout this day, you’ll show us why you should be on one of our schemes

Please be aware that in order to be successful you need to be available for one of the virtual insight days and one of our assessment centres on-site (taking place in March and April) and be able to start the role in September 2022

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