Graduate Schemes 2018

Graduate Schemes in 2018 are open for applications. See what is available and start an exciting career journey.

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What actually is a graduate scheme?

Graduate schemes, or graduate programmes, are set periods of employment that mix professional training and a real job. They traditionally last between one and three years and provide graduates with all the training, support and qualifications they need for their chosen careers. For example, these can include ACA/ACCA professional qualifications for careers in accountancy or chartership for careers in engineering.

Why a graduate scheme is perfect for your career

Graduate schemes give university leavers a complete grounding in their chosen career. Rotational graduate schemes also provide an opportunity to experience different departments within a company such as sales, marketing and finance and allow them to decide where their talents lie. Graduate schemes are usually the best way for graduates to work at some of the most prestigious and respected companies.

When is the best time to apply for a graduate scheme?

The traditional cycle for graduate schemes is as follows:

  • September to December/January – Graduate schemes are open for applications.
  • February to June – Applicants are screened and processed with offers given to successful students.
  • September – Successful graduates who have accepted offers start their schemes!

Students should apply to graduate schemes while they are in their final year at university. Applicants should send applications off as soon as possible, employers have been known to close their schemes early.

New trends in graduate schemes in 2017 and 2018

The top graduate employers in the UK increased their graduate recruitment for a fifth consecutive year in 2016 and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. According to a report from High Fliers Research, graduate recruitment at the top 100 companies is expected to increase by 4.3% in 2017.

Other positive signs for graduate schemes in 2018 indicate sectors like Retail and the Public Sector expect to see a significant rise in graduate vacancies.