Public Sector: A - D


  • Army. The Joint Graduate Training Scheme (JGTS) offers the opportunity for employees of commercial organisations to undertake Army Reserve Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as part of their internal graduate/management training programmes. This might be as part of the employer’s own Graduate Training scheme or as an addition to other formal training. Individuals who commit to this scheme will be expected to serve as Officers in the Army Reserve for at least three years, continuing to develop their military skills in parallel to their civilian careers. You must have formal employer sponsorship.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream There are a number of options. The Generalist Fast Stream is subdivided into four options: Central Departments (every major dept apart from Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Diplomatic Service, House of Parliament and Science & Engineering. In addition there is an Analytical Fast Stream, an HR Fast Stream, a Digital & Technology Fast Stream, a communications faststream, a European Fast Stream and a Northern Ireland Fast Stream. In the Diplomatic Service Your first two years will be spent in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, one year delivering policy, the 2nd delivery service. You’ll then go abroad for a three or four year posting. In the House of Parliament, you’ll be joining several hundred parliamentary staff working in support of the business of the Houses, their committees and individual MPs and Members of the House of Lords. Science & Engineering is open to people with degrees in science, engineering, mathematics, computing or other numerate disciplines. Science and Engineering Fast Streamers (SEFSers) play an essential part in the government’s action on issues as diverse as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.

    The Central Departments option offers a standard four-year programme. In your first two years you will undertake a series of six month postings intended to give you a broad base of experience. You will experience at least four of: operational delivery, policy development, corporate services, people management, commercial awareness, financial management and project management. At the end of your first two years, you will transfer to another department which will employ you from then on, and where you will undertake two longer postings occupying the second two years of the programme.

    The Analytical Fast Stream is aimed specifically at people who want a career as one of the following: an Economist in the GES, A statistician in the GSS, a social researcher in the GSR or an operational researcher in GORS. The HR Fast Stream is a three-year programme, which offers you the opportunity to train as an HR professional and prepares you for a range of senior HR roles.It consists of two 18-month placements in different but HR roles, usually in different government departments. As a TiB Fast Streamer, you will undertake a series of intensive placements, and will get to work with technology leaders across the public sector. The placements will be tailored so that you develop skills across a number of different IT areas.

    The European Fast Stream is designed for people whose ultimate ambition is to work permanently for one of the EU institutions (such as the European Commission or European Parliament) and become a European civil servant. You will be based in a major UK government department with significant EU-related responsibilities. There you will benefit from EU-related postings and will also have the chance to work in the European Commission for five months on an internship (as long as you have not already worked there before). Your training will include intensive coaching in French or German. The NI Fast Stream is a demanding programme which offers you the opportunity to join the Civil Service at middle management level. This programme provides a wide variety of job opportunities. You could find yourself working on policy, operations, finance or in direct support of Ministers.

Learn more about The Civil Service assessment process and online tests HERE

  • Civil Service (Government Economic Service). This is a Fast stream programme for Assistant Economists. You need an economics or post grad qualification in economics. The GES is the UK’s largest recruiter of economists, with over 1400 professionals in more than 30 Departments and Agencies. They are involved in all aspects of Government policy. GES Economists are based in London, Newport, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield, Cardiff and Liverpool. As a government economist you could work in areas like macroeconomic modelling, competition policy, international financial issues, labour market trends, taxation, housing benefits, local government finance, public health and criminal justice. There are also research opportunities, where you’ll be in close contact with universities and researchers.

Learn more about The Civil Service assessment process and online tests HERE

  • DESG (MOD). This is the corporate development scheme for engineering and science graduates seeking a career within the Ministry of Defence. It is accredited by a number of Professional Institutions including IMeche, IET, RINA, IoP, IMarEST and RAeS. The Scheme is tailored to individual development needs and will last for a maximum of two years and includes a range of in-house work placements, industry secondments and formal training courses. The Defence Engineering & Science Group (DESG) is a community of 13,000 professional engineers and scientists working within MoD Civil Service to equip and support the UK Armed Forces with state of the art technology.

  • Defence Science & technology Lab. They recruit around 60-70 graduates and post graduates each year to join their two-year graduate development programme from a huge range of scientific and technology disciplines, such as Applied Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Biological and Health Sciences and Research and Development. All graduates are encouraged to join their Chartership scheme. Dstl is all about maximising the impact of science and technology for UK defence and security - giving the right science and technology advice at the right time. They provide the government with a wide programme of research and scientific and technical support, delivered from internal and external resources. Their science and technology work covers a range of applications and disciplines including social science, mathematics and engineering and includes research, advice, consultancy, technical and systems risk management, and related activities.

Public Sector: E - I

  • Environment Agency. They run graduate programmes for civil engineers and business and IT graduates. The civil engineering programme takes between three and four years to complete. Your work will focus on four core areas: Technical, Commercial, Professional and Management Skills. Once you have obtained your charted status you'll be a Flood and Coastal Risk Engineer with Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. They are seeking graduates with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. Business and IT graduates will work to implement and develop information systems and help deliver important environmental projects - all of which help to create a better place for people and wildlife in England and Wales. 

  • European Commission. The European Commission offers a five-month internship for university graduates from the member states of the European Union and to a limited number of nationals from non-member countries. These training periods entail work experience in one of the Commission's departments and run from 1 March and 1 October each year. Every year, there are about 1.400 places available. Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may work in the field of competition law, human resources or environmental policy.
  • European Union. There are a large number of traineeships open to gradautes who wish to work for The EU. These are genereally 5-12 months in length and opportunities exist in the committee of the regions, council of the EU, court of justice, european central bank, european court of auditors, economic & social committee, external action service, european investment bank, european parliament, european ombudsman and Fusion for Energy. 
  • Front Line. They will train you as a childrens social worker. Frontline’s graduate programme is a unique opportunity for high-achieving university leavers to join one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. The programme offers you an exciting new route into a rewarding career in children’s social work. You’ll benefit from intense practical and academic training, coupled with a leadership development programme. Throughout the two yearyou will work with children and families to bring about positive social change. In the first year, Frontline participants will be placed in local authorities in Greater London and Greater Manchester. Before that, The Summer Institute will give you five weeks of intensive preparation before starting in your local authority. You will be taught by world leading academics, experienced children’s social workers who know the realities of child protection, and leadership experts who will help you bring about change. In Year 2 you will be a qualified social worker* and you will be working with difficult and complex cases.
  • GCHQ. You have the scope to apply for a role in any of the business areas  -  some of the roles require a specific or specialist degree, whilst others are wide open. GCHQ technical specialists work with – and often develop – unique, highly advanced technologies. Their Analysts piece together complex data. And their corporate support teams enjoy a broad range of work. They are also a major employer of Language Analysts – native speakers of at least one specific language. Working with a wide variety of material, you would  support vital operations and help inform government policy. You coud work within: advanced technology research, analysis, network security, corporate services, information assurance, information management, IT, language specialisms, maths & cryptography, project management and technology and engineering.

  • Government Finance Profession. They oversee the implementation of strategies for improving management of financial resources across central government. They offer the Financial Mangement Development Scheme. A comprehensive training programme will combine tailored job placements at a variety of locations with a three to four year programme of study towards a professional accounting qualification. You'll also have your own personal mentor to guide and advise you, and management training to develop your leadership and communication skills, as well as your ability to think for yourself. Opportunities are far ranging with the chance to specialise in financial management or internal audit. Closing date is 20th October. 
  • Government Legal ServiceGLS lawyers work for just one client - the Government of the day - which requires advice and support on a huge range of domestic and European affairs. The diversity of work reflects the wide range of activities within Government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation and prosecution and a wealth of specialist areas. During the course of the two year training contract, you will spend time in four key areas of practice. Each ‘seat’ lasts six months. You will have at least one seat in a litigation team and one in an advisory team. Where a Government department does not have its own in-house litigation team, trainees will spend one seat in the litigation team of another department. Over the course of your training contract you can expect to gain experience of communication and practice support, legal research, writing and drafting, interviewing and advising, negotiation, advocacy and oral presentation. The GLS offers a range of focused training, including programmes on administrative law, civil litigation, criminal law, EC Law, human rights and legislation amongst other topics.

  • HM Revenue & Customs. They recruit for 120 places on their Tax Professional Development Programme. The intensive four year programme includes core modules designed to equip you with essential knowledge, alongside job-specific modules related to your particular role. Modules cover both technical (tax) knowledge and the professional skills you'll need to apply that knowledge effectively and deal efficiently with your customers. You'll learn to deal with complex tax cases, confidently negotiate with customers and their professional advisors and to lead and influence teams. You need a 2.2 degree.  Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by HMRC HERE.

  • HM Treasury. They recruit for policy advisors. As a Policy Adviser, your job is to provide the government of the day with the best advice possible to help them to make decisions in the interests of the public. You are there to be the expert on a particular policy area. The role is varied. One day you might be analysing data, the next you could be in Parliament supporting Ministers in a debate. You can expect to write briefings for Ministers and senior managers, and respond to written questions from MPs or members of the public. There’s every chance you’ll be managing challenging projects. Throughout, you can expect to work with all sorts of government departments, external organisations and individuals to debate and shape policy. You need a 2.1 in any discipline to apply. 
  • Imperial College London. They offer two graduate schemes; a Graduate Management Training Scheme and a Financial Management Scheme. The former comprises a series of placements encompass teaching, research, students, finance, people, planning, income generation and service provision. Placements are augmented by training and external study opportunities, enabling participants to be well-placed to apply for managerial positions at the end of the three-year scheme, or during their third year. You need a 2.1 degree in any discipline and an interest in higher education and personal and professional development. The College may also provide up to two thirds of the funding for an appropriate professional qualification.
  • The Intellectual Property Office. The Intellectual Property Office is the United Kingdom’s principal authority on intellectual property (IP) with responsibility for granting patents, registering trade marks and designs, and leading on policy for all IP including copyright. It is based in Newport in Wales. They recruit graduate patent examiners who scrutinise both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application, comparing the new invention against those found in patent databases, before considering whether or not to grant a patent. You require a degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics; or industrial experience at that level.

Public Sector: J - Z

  • Kent County Council. They offer 2 graduate programmes - one in management and the other in finance. The management stream is a 2 year programme. On the scheme, you will undertake four 6 month placements in key areas of the council that may include education, environment, heritage, HR, policy, social care, or youth services. The finance stream is a 31/2 year development programme. On the scheme you will undertake work placements. Each placement lasts 12 months.They offer the opportunity to study for CIPFA’s Professional Accountancy Qualification. both positions are based in offices in Kent.
  • Local Government Association. The ngdp is a two-year graduate management development programme, run by the Local Government Association. The programme has been set up to provide local government with the high-calibre managers their communities need – and to give committed graduates the training and opportunities to make a positive impact to the sector. They can provide you with a launch pad for a successful leadership career in local government. National Management Trainees (NMTs) are employed by a participating authority on a two-year, fixed-term contract. The programme is built on a series of placements in key areas within a council and offers a range of experiences and challenges. You are given a broad understanding of different aspects of local government in strategy, front-line service and support. Over the two years you will also benefit from being part of a national peer group, giving you the opportunity to take part in a national induction event, join an established knowledge-sharing network and participate in an accredited series of learning and development components. Any degree discipline can apply. 

  • M15 Security Service. MI5 safeguards the United Kingdom against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, sabotage and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. They offer 2 year graduate development programmes in the following areas: intelligence officer (IODP), intelligence and data analysis (I&DADP) and technology. The IODP is a structured two year programme designed to teach you about MI5 investigations and give you the confidence to run them. You either complete two postings of one year's duration, or one posting of two years. These initial roles are designed to develop key skills relevant to intelligence work. The I&DADP is a structured two year programme, placing you at the heart of MI5 investigations and training you up to use advanced data analytical techniques.You will answer critical questions such as “who is using this mobile phone?”, “where are they located?” and “what are their activities?”. The technology programme is also a structured two year programme that gives you the experience, knowledge and skills you need to be an effective technology professional in the pioneering IT department. The programme has two streams - Business and Specialist ( software develpment and cyber).

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process for MI5 HERE

  • Met Office There are opportunities in Forecasting, Technology, Science, Engineering, Marketing and Corporate Services. Applicable degrees for forecasting include meteorology, physics, mathematics, environmental sciences and geography. They provide an Initial Forecasting Course designed to train and test your meteorological knowledge and build your operational forecasting experience. Mechanical and electronic engineering degrees are required for the engineering roles. Some of the scientific roles are primarily IT based and focus on the development and maintenance of specialised scientific software applications, which underpin Met Office Science Programmes. As a Business Graduate Trainee you will experience each of the business areas in this area. You will work within each stage of both the marketing and sales cycles, from product development to sales completion and the different aspects in between. Degrees in Business, marketing or sales are required. There is a wide range of roles available in Corporate Services including HR, Communications, Finance, Planning & Audit, Legal & Procurement, Property & Facilities Management, Audit, and Corporate Governance.

  • National Audit Office. They offer a graduate professional training scheme leading to qualification as a Chartered Accountant. The scheme is open to graduates from any degree discipline and comprises a 40-month training contract. Once fully qualified and depending upon performance they may offer graduates a permanent contract as an Audit Principal. They work to promote economy and efficiency in government and focus on the big systemic, cross-government, and crosscutting issues. They are independent of government and the Civil Service. The Financial Audit work involves auditing 458 accounts across government departments and a wide range of other public sector bodies,  representing hundreds of billions of pounds.

  • NHS. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a comprehensive programme that aims to equip graduates with the expertise needed to become successful leaders in the NHS. The graduate scheme consists of four specialisms each of which includes a post graduate academic/professional qualification: Finance Management, General Management, Human Resources Management and Health Informatics Management. They require a 2.2 in any degree subject. 

Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of the NHS HERE

  • Ofcom. They are the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. Their Graduate Scheme offers opportunities across a diverse range of disciplines. There is the opportunity to follow a Generalist, Finance,  IT, Economic, Technologist or Spectrum Engineering pathway. You will embark on a series of intensive job placements across different business areas and move regularly between projects, sections and departments. So one week you might be involved with new policy directives; the next, monitoring television content standards. You will be based at the London office (Riverside House) for the duration of the scheme. The Generalist pathway is wide and varied ranging from Market Intelligence to Broadcast Content Policy. If you wish to pursue an engineering or technology career, you are likely to have a degree in mathematics, physics, engineering or similar subjects. Economists play a central role in setting Ofcom's strategic direction, developing and applying regulatory policy, promoting competition and carrying out market investigations. An economics-based degree, particularly covering modules in microeconomics, industrial organisation, and /or regulation would therefore be ideal. If you wish to pursue an IT career, you are likely to have a degree in Computer Science or a related subject, with a keen interest in Technology. Finally finance careers will require you to pursue an accounting qualification. Starting salary is £27k. 
  • Police. The Metropolitan Police offer a three year Police Officer Graduate Entry Programme. This three-year course gives you exposure to the full range of police service delivery, acting as the springboard for a diverse and absorbing career as an officer in the MPS. There is also the possibility of entry onto the Accelerated Graduate Development Programme (AGDP). This will be a three-year scheme with the College of Policing. It's a highly intensive programme designed to produce the leaders of tomorrow. On the GDP, the first 12 months will will focus on your Probationer Training and the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme. In year 2, you will be working within a Borough Operational Command Unit on three operational placements - covering Investigative [intelligence led approaches to solving local crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle crime], Police Response [fast paced immediate response to a range of 999 calls] and Partnership roles [building relationships with the local community providing reassurance and working with people to solve long-term local issues]. The final period of the scheme will see you experience leadership and career development modules, focusing on your leadership, management and strategic development. Learn more about the Police Numerical Ability test HERE
  • Royal Navy. They have a range of officer roles which include engineering, environmental, logistics, training etc. You could be flying helicopters, on board ships or using sophisticated weapons. There is a plethora of opportunities within the Royal Navy, The Royal Marines or the Royal Fleet Auxillary. Any degree discipline is acceptable. You need to be fit and pass fitness and medical tests.
  • Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Although SIS does not have a specific graduate training programme, they recruit graduates as language specialists (Mandarin, Arabic and European languages) and Technology experts; Graduate Network and Electrical/Electronic Systems Engineers and Graduate Software Development Engineers. 

  • Teach First. Teach First are a charity working to end educational inequality. They believe inspirational teaching and leadership is key to helping every child succeed, regardless of their background. Since 2002 over 7,000 graduates have joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales and helped change the lives of thousands of young people in low-income communities. The LDP is a personalised programme encompassing high-quality training, supportive coaching, work experience and a PGCE qualification. The skills and experience gained can be taken forward into any career. That’s why many businesses recognise the programme’s ability to effect change and develop leaders for the future. Put simply, they know that graduates who can engage, stimulate and inspire in the classroom can handle pretty much any situation in any organisation. Learn more about Teach First assessment process and online tests HERE.

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