Graduate schemes

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Careers with Asda

There’s one purpose behind our graduate schemes: to fast track and develop our future leaders. There’s no limit to how far you can go at Asda. So you can expect to learn at pace, developing your leadership skills through ongoing behavioural and technical development. These have been designed to enable you to reach a senior role within three to five years.

Benefits include: Competitive salary with twice-yearly pay reviews • 24 days’ holiday (increasing annually) • 10% off your Asda shopping • Annual bonus scheme • Sharesave plan • Stakeholder pension • Discounted airport parking • Free eye tests at Asda opticians • Great value dental and health cover • Childcare vouchers to help with childcare costs • Discounted travel insurance

Desirable degrees: any degree discipline is considered for our graduate programmes.

We offer summer internships in our finance department as well as 1-year industrial placements for many of our Head Office functions.


Careers with CEMEX

Professionals in Development Graduate Programme

Degree/Diplomas/Certificates Typically – Business/Engineering & Civils/Science disciplines

  • Managers/Quarry managers
  • Surveyors
  • Planners
  • Estate Managers
  • Business Staff (finance, marketing, human resources etc)


  • Company car, dependent on grade
  • 20-25 days annual holiday
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Training
  • Relocation (if applicable)
  • Company-paid sick pay
  • BUPA Care
  • BUPA Cash Plan
  • BUPA Dental
  • Eye care, eye tests and eye care vouchers

Desirable degrees: Degrees in science, maths, engineering, environment, geology, building, surveying and business.

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Careers with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

You can enter the CIMA qualification after studying at university and may gain exemptions from the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting if you have studied a relevant qualification.

View our exemptions database to discover if you’re eligible.

CIMA works with a large range of employers who offer CIMA training as part of their graduate programmes. To view the latest CIMA training vacancies on CIMA MY JOBS visit

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Careers with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Our Management Training Programme allows you to develop the skills you’ll need to move into senior management. With our help, you’ll hone your talents in key areas such as sales and marketing, customer service and finance. It’s entirely possible to be a Branch Manager within just two years of starting, and it really is up to you how fast you move up.

A competitive starting salary as well as a host of benefits including:

  • Life assurance
  • Income protection
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Adoption assistance
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leaves
  • Bike4Work
  • Child care vouchers and more.
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Careers with Morrisons

Fresh is what we’re aiming for and the same applies when we’re looking for future Managers within our dynamic business. The freshest talent bringing fresh ideas to the business. We offer an opportunity to learn and professionally train within the following:

• Finance • Manufacturing • Property & Development
• Retail • Marketing • Retail Operations
• IT • Merchandising • Supply Chain
• Logistics • Personnel & Training • Trading
• Technical

Benefits as shown above.


Careers with OPITO

There is a constant demand for high-quality graduate applicants across the oil and gas industry with a wide range of technical, commercial and support opportunities are available. Most opportunities are for students with degrees in engineering and applied sciences, entry requirements will vary depending on chosen university and course (visit for more information). Openings for those who are qualified in the arts, languages, social sciences and business studies will usually be on the commercial side of the oil industry, in areas such as marketing/communications, business development, distribution, finance and law.

As a first step toward your career in oil and gas visit our information portal Here you will be able to use our online tool to match your personality to industry job roles and find details of oil and gas companies working in the UK. Most companies have comprehensive graduate recruitment web pages containing a wealth of information about graduate opportunities. Larger companies also visit universities to give presentations and attend careers fairs. Most graduate training schemes are advertised during the autumn term for the following September start. In order to succeed and compete well, good preparation is essential for effective applications and job interviews.

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Careers with Syngenta

All vacancies are posted online at

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Careers with Institution of Engineering and Technology

With thousands of courses covering engineering and technology topics, there is an overwhelming array of choices within this sector. You may make these choices based on location, what kind, of course, is offered and other attributes of the university.

By accrediting courses, the IET aims to provide you with information on whether the course is on a par with others in the UK setting a benchmark for engineering qualifications. This is because our accredited courses must meet some or all of the underpinning academic requirements for professional registration to achieve accreditation. For more details please visit:

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Careers with Tata Steel

2:1 or above is the minimum requirement and for some programmes, we require specific degree disciplines. Opportunities are available across the UK for Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Technical, Research, Development & Technology, Process Control & Automation, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain & Logistics, Finance, Human Resources and Technical Consultancy.

Postgraduate sponsorships are available across a variety of technical and engineering programmes. The majority of these are supported by grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Minimum entry requirements are a 2:1 or 2:2 supported by a Masters, in a related degree.



Careers with NATS

NATS has many Graduate Schemes spanning Engineering, Operational Analysis, Programmes, Supply Chain as well as placements for candidates with backgrounds in Business Studies and Marketing. Across all of the schemes, you’ll be able to develop your talents through a carefully designed mix of on-the-job and classroom-based training. It’s the ideal foundation for a career in your chosen area.

If you’re looking to make the most of your degree, then our graduate scheme is an excellent next step. It will give you first-class technical and interpersonal skills, invaluable hands-on experience in a professional environment, broad industry exposure and a well-rounded knowledge of Air Traffic Control.

Benefits: as the above plus competitive starting salary

Desirable degrees: We look for a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in the relevant discipline, together with strong technical knowledge and good analytical abilities.

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Careers with National Grid

Our Graduate Development Programme offers you a fantastic insight into a number of career paths within National Grid that are crucial to its future success. These range from Technical Engineer, Commercial Analyst, Finance Analyst, Procurement Buyer and Information Services.

Benefits include: Starting salary is £25,600 Bachelors degree and £26,600 for a Masters degree with a £2,000 welcome payment.

National Grid was rated 5th in the JobCrowd Top Companies for Graduates to Work for in 2013-14 and 1st for the energy and utility sector. Also awarded Power Team of the Year in 2012 for the best in class bespoke management performance system by the National Skills Academy for Power.

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Careers with Tesco

We offer a variety of different graduate programmes across our offices, stores and distribution centres.

Store Management Programme: A fast track programme to develop graduates to a Store Manager role after two years. This programme gives graduates the foundations for becoming a future leader of Tesco with a target goal of Director after 5 yrs. We also have specialist pre-registration pharmacy and optometry programmes.

Office Graduate Programmes: A wide range of specialist programmes including (but not limited to) Buying/ Procurement, Marketing, Merchandising, Property, IT and Finance.

Distribution Management Programme: A fast track management programme that focuses graduates to understand all areas of distribution and logistics management.
Requirements: 2:1 degree needed. UCAS points and degree discipline requirements vary depending on the programme. Applications open in September.

Benefits: Same as above.

Please visit our website for more details:

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Careers with TNT

As a graduate at TNT, you will manage key projects with potential budgets of up to £100k. Our award-winning training will provide the foundation for you to progress into a senior management position within 5 years. A sound education and strong results are very important. However, we are equally as interested in what kind of person you are. People who want to join TNT want to seize opportunities, share and develop a vision.

Benefits include:

  • Salary £25,000 per annum
  • A place on our Certificate in First Line Management programme (accredited by the ILM)
  • A tailored development programme
  • Contributory pension
  • 21 days holiday, rising with service (1 day per year) to 26 days
  • Voluntary reward scheme
  • Access to our award winning training
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Careers with Zurich

Desirable degrees: We Will consider any degree format, but for Actuarial roles, we’re particularly interested in hearing from Graduates in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Economics or related subjects

Entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and at least 280 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Benefits in addition to those above includes:

  • A minimum salary of £24,720 (£27,745 for our actuarial graduates)
  • A full study support package and mentor
  • Reward shares
  • Relocation assistance (up to £1,000) and London weighting allowance
  • Regular sports and social events and opportunities to complete community and charity work
  • Flexible Benefits – dental cover, season ticket loans, buy or sell holiday entitlement (up to 30 days a year)

For more information visit:

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Careers with Co-operative Food Group

Whichever programme you join, you will get right to the heart of our commercial approach to business, with the sort of training and development most graduates can only dream of. We offer graduate programmes in • Finance • Business Management • HR • Retail Operations. All our programmes give you the opportunity to build a wealth of skills and experience to fast-track your career. The support provided includes a senior mentor, a personal development budget and the opportunity to undertake professional qualifications, to name but a few!

Benefits: as above plus • Starting salary of £24,000 • Salary increase for meeting objectives • Free life assurance

Desirable degrees: We accept applicants from all degree disciplines

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Careers with Cristal Global

Cristal Global employs post-graduates across a range of disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

The company is currently launching a 2-year graduate programme for Chemical Engineers which will give the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of our business.

Benefits include: Competitive (industry-benchmarked) salaries • Annual bonus • Company defined contributory pension scheme • 25 days annual leave • Company sick pay • Company-supported learning and development opportunities

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Careers with Sheffield Forgemasters International

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Careers with Kellogg’s

We offer training to entry-level graduates in Sales and European Finance. Other opportunities available in Human Resources, IT, Marketing, Research & Development or Supply Chain

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday per year + the option to buy or sell additional days
  • Pension
  • Performance related bonus
  • Flexi-time + summer working hours
  • Kellogg’s share incentive plan
  • 53rd week bonus payment
  • Cornflex benefit scheme
  • Free on site gym
  • Free car parking
  • Subsidised onsite restaurant
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Careers with Whitbread PLC

We offer graduate schemes in Finance and HR. Whether you join Costa Coffee, Premier Inn Hotels and Restaurants or our Group finance division, you can be sure that your career will be varied, fast-paced and challenging.

If you are more interested in Operations we also offer a fast track development scheme for graduates working in our busy sites.

Benefits: as above, plus • Starting salary of £22,000 to £26,000, depending on the department you join • BUPA healthcare • 10% bonus scheme • Sharesave scheme (SAYE) • 25 days holiday

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Careers with CB&I

As a Graduate Engineer, you will be part of CB&I’s Engineering team, working on projects, having tasks allocated to you by the Lead/Principal Engineer and is expected to complete the work under supervision and guidance from the Lead or Senior Engineer. Graduate Engineers at CB&I will gain working experience that follows the requirement set by the professional engineering institutes needed for Chartered membership.

Desirable degrees: First or Upper Second Class Honors in Engineering (MEng) degree in one of the following disciplines: Civil & Structural • Electrical • Instrumentation & Telecoms • Process • Safety & Environmental • Mechanical

Benefits include:

  • 25 paid annual days p.a. (opportunity to buy 5 additional)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme (BUPA)
  • Dental Insurance Plan
  • Pension Scheme
  • Professional institute fees paid annually
  • Interest-free Annual Season Ticket loan available
  • Family Friendly policies
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Careers with United Utilities

United Utilities offers a variety of opportunities for graduates.

Benefits: As above plus you will gain practical experience on the job to supplement your studies.

Desirable degrees: Engineering and Science bias

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Careers with Logica

During 2012 Logica is looking to recruit in the region of 240 graduates to fulfil roles on our projects across the UK with a longer-term view of developing their capabilities and leadership potential. Graduates may be involved at any stage of the business lifecycle from business consultancy through system design and development, implementation and integration, testing and support to training, applications management and service operation and support.

Benefits: as above plus starting salary of £21,600 for our OS Practice, £26,000 for PTS

Desirable degrees: We recruit from a range of disciplines including computer science and other numerate/logical courses, business information systems, and other joint honours degrees with a strong focus on business and IT.

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Careers with Nestlé


Careers with UNISON

UNISON is a supporter of lifelong learning and encourages all staff to undertake studies that will help them develop in their jobs and their careers. The Learning Support Scheme is a programme of support for staff who wish to undertake a course of study to enable them to gain further qualifications e.g. graduate degrees, post-graduate and professional qualifications.

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Careers with National Trust

No specific training is offered but if you’re a student or recent graduate, National Trust voluntary Internships are specifically designed for people looking for a career development opportunity. Internships are part-time and usually last 3-6 months during which you will work on a specific project. You will gain experience and learn specialist skills from experts at some of the most unusual and treasured places and spaces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will support your personal development and help you move into your chosen field of work.

Benefits: • Practical work experience and skill development • Experience of working for a sector leader • Greater understanding of our work • Opportunities to network with people already working in the sector • Hands-on experience to use in future job applications • Increase in self-confidence

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Careers with IMI

Our Global Graduate Development Programme provides our businesses with high calibre graduates and high potential interns. Over a two year development period, our graduates will undertake four assignments in different business disciplines across the Group.

We believe in the potential of our graduates. We want them to get to grips with our global business and so at least two placements will be based outside their home country.

Criteria for applications: • A 2.1 degree in an engineering discipline • Excellent written and spoken English with another language desirable • Aspiration to become a future global business leader • Desire to pursue ongoing professional development with genuine responsibility for delivering results

Start your leadership journey now.
Show us your ambition and we’ll equip you to make an impact on the future of our business.

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Careers with Lafarge

Whether you join our Graduate Programme in a Manufacturing (process, engineering, quality etc) or Commercial (i.e. sales, marketing and customer operations) environment, you will develop a broad appreciation of our business operations through our graduate scheme.

Benefits: as above.

Desirable degrees: for Manufacturing: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering. For Commercial, Business-related degrees are preferred but not essential.

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Careers with ARM

The aim of our Graduate Development Programme is to develop potential and expand the opportunities on offer to graduates – giving an incredible variety of potential career paths. We support continuous learning and development through a blend of on-the-job and formal training, mentoring and a knowledge network while encouraging graduates to achieve professional chartered status.

Desirable degree subjects include Electrical and Electronic Engineering, General Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Maths and Physics.

Benefits include:

  • Starting salary for technical roles – £28,000
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Restricted share units
  • Pension
  • Life insurance
  • Relocation expenses as appropriate
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Careers with Harrods

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Careers with Aldi

We’re looking for exceptional people. Aldi offers one of the most challenging, rewarding and sought-after training programmes in the UK. We have the awards to prove it. Of the top 100 Graduate Employers in the UK, we’re currently at No.6. The training covers the complete spectrum of management, from store operations, product trading, financial administration, logistics and property management.

Benefits include: • £40K starting salary that rises in stages to £65,500 after four years • Fully expensed Audi A4 • Pension scheme • Private healthcare • Life assurance • Five weeks holiday • Fantastic career prospects including international secondment opportunities

Desirable degree: minimum 2:1


Careers with ACCA

ACCA has an exclusive partnership with Oxford Brookes University, so you can also gain a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, which is available exclusively to ACCA students who wish to obtain a degree while studying towards the ACCA Qualification.

However, if you are a graduate with a relevant degree, exemptions may mean fewer exams to sit.

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Careers with National Skills Academy for Power

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Careers with GE Oil & Gas

Our Leadership Programmes centre on a comprehensive rotation policy, which allows graduates to gain hands-on experience and training across a wide range of challenging projects and areas within the business. GE offers Leadership Programmes in the following: Commercial Leadership, Edison Engineering Development, Finance Management, Human Resources Leadership, Operations Management Leadership and GE Capital Risk Management Programmes.

Candidate criteria: Minimum of a 2:1 degree, discipline-related • Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative • Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills • Relevant work experience.

GE programmes provide World-class training and development • Varied rotational assignments • Significant responsibility and opportunity to contribute to business results • Pathways to accelerate your career • Regular networking events and exposure to senior leaders • Buddy & mentor programme • Bi-annual performance-based salary increases and a culture that recognises and rewards excellence.

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Careers with Portakabin

We regularly look to recruit graduates either directly into related roles to the qualifications achieved or for graduate training programmes, where we will develop your skills and experience in a particular area. For example, Purchasing, Engineering, Marketing or Human Resources.

In all cases, we provide well structured, professionally designed programmes to thoroughly develop your knowledge and understanding of Portakabin Group operations and to help you to develop your career.

Each year we also look to recruit a number of Commercial Trainees for our Hire Division, providing well-established training programmes to give experience and develop skills in our commercial, projects and works business areas.

In addition, we sponsor our people to gain further professional qualifications such as Finance qualifications (CIMA, ACA); Human Resources (CIPD) and Engineering (BEng) which are suitable for their roles and career progression.

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Careers with Hewden

Careers at Hewden will take you straight to the centre of our business. You will be part of a highly skilled team that works within our depot network or in one of many support roles.

We look at a longer-term view of developing your capabilities and leadership potential. You will receive cross-functional exposure and work on live projects to deliver real business improvements. You will be in a real job from day one. We will consistently encourage you to challenge current processes and ways of working, providing new ideas for operational improvement. We recognise and encourage ambition and will provide you with mentors to help you reach your own career goals.

Desirable degrees: We accept applications from all degree disciplines – minimum of a 2:1. You must be prepared to work anywhere in the UK and have a full driving licence.

Benefits include:

  • Salary increase after 12 month period
  • Opportunity to work closely with the leadership team
  • Opportunity to be in a managerial role within 12-18 months
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Careers with Capco

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Careers with Virgin Media

Our graduate programme is designed to equip you with the skills and experience you need to set up a great career at Virgin Media. It’ll stretch you, challenge you and bring out your best side in everything you do. You’ll have the opportunity to rotate through a number of different roles which will broaden your experience and expose you to a number of areas in the business. We have opportunities across Virgin Media, including Engineering, People, Finance and Sales.

Desirable degree: You’ve obtained or you’re predicted to obtain a 2:1 or above.

Benefits include • Competitive salaries at £26,000 • £2,000 welcome aboard bonus • The potential for a 5% annual performance bonus.