More and more employers have abandoned the traditional period of graduate recruitment. The old milk-round period is dead – long live all year round graduate recruitment.

With this in mind, we thought we’d show you the best graduate schemes still available which you can start this year. Some employers like to spread the recruitment over months and months, not these guys – they’re still looking for amazing graduates like you!

So don’t panic if the September to December application has passed you by, here’s some awesome role you can apply to today!

1. Explore Learning – Assistant Director

Explore Learning have always opted for all-year-round recruitment and believe they can find inspiring Assistant Directors to help run their centres at any time of year. This role allows you to combine the best bits of teaching and education with actually running as business and managing areas like marketing, sales and advertising.

What you need:

  • A strong degree classification
  • Experience of working with children
  • A minimum of Grade B in Maths and English GCSE

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2. Direct Line Group - Graduate Programme 2017

Direct Line Group want future leaders to help me the challenges of a changing world and could be one of the reasons there Graduate Programme is open for applications until the end of April. The Graduate Programme last three years and successful applicants will work in four different areas to learn all about Direct Line Group’s different departments and functions.

What you need:

  • A good honours degree
  • Commercial awareness
  • The potential to become a future leader

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3. Pendragon - Graduate Management Programme

Pendragon is a nationwide network of car dealerships and its offering a fantastic opportunity for you to start a career in sales and management. One of the most unique and impressive things about their Graduate Management Programme is the direct approach they take to your career progression. Ambitious graduates can progress to be a Sales Leader in their business in as little as two years, with all the benefits and rewards that brings.

What you need:

  • At least a 2:2 degree
  • Customer service experience
  • A hard work ethic

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4. Hewlett Packard Enterprises – Various opportunities

For a company the size of Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE), it comes as no surprise to learn they have a wide range of vacancies available. HPE doesn’t just need graduates in Software Development roles, but also has opportunities in Business Development, Technology Consulting and a Marketing Internship on offer.

What you need:

  • Motivation and a drive to learn
  • A 2:1 degree in a relevant area
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

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5. Hat Group of Accountants - Graduate Trainee Accountant

Hat Group of Accountants is a prestigious firm based in various locations in Manchester and London. The firm does not have a recruitment time frame because they are looking for the right people, not just who is available. The fantastic Graduate Trainee Accountant role is designed to give graduates like you the grounding and training to start your career in accountancy.

What you need:

  • A 2.1 degree classification in any discipline
  • 5 GCSEs (grade A-C) including a B grade in Mathematics and English
  • Strong performance in university modules throughout university

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6. Enterprise Rent-a-Car – Management Trainee

Enterprise Rent-a-Car have always been at the cutting edge when it comes to graduate recruitment and have operated a year-round-recruitment model for years. The Trainee programme is a fantastic offer for graduates to start careers not just jobs. Enterprise’s traineeships give graduates the opportunity to drive their own careers with the help of supportive and encouraging teams.

What you need:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • A hard working approach
  • A sales aptitude

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7. Decathlon UK - Student & Graduate Opportunities

Much like Enterprise, Decathlon have run a non-stop approach to student and graduate recruitment for their large network of sports retail outlets. The company believes the right candidate for their programmes and company are available all year and they care about finding passionate and enthusiastic members of staff. The opportunities vary from roles in-store to roles at head office and successful applicants can find themselves working on anything from retail to sales to advertising and marketing.

What you need:

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We’ve got loads more awesome Graduate Schemes starting in 2017 available at the moment so don’t worry, get applying and keep going!

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