Graduate Scheme



The role

What will I be doing?

We have an opportunity for two graduates to join our programme starting in September. We are looking for candidates who want to make a difference to children and young people across the country, whilst developing and learning new skills. Our graduate scheme will give a unique insight in to how a national group of schools can work together with central support.

Graduates joining our two-year programme will undertake various placements by supporting departments in undertaking project work as directed by the Head of Department in areas such as Strategy and Performance, Marketing, HR, Technology and Finance.

The programme of rotation gives you the opportunity to be involved in a range of projects and activities. As part of a project team, you’ll be undertaking work of strategic significance, directly in support of United Learning’s aims, whether it be digital strategy, leadership programmes, diversity and inclusion, or an education with character. No project or placement will be the same! You will learn how to manage projects and deliver programmes which help contribute to educational outcomes and school improvement.

Throughout the two years, you will build key skills and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you meet the key competencies to progress your career within United Learning. At the end of the two-year training programme, depending upon the performance of the trainee and the availability of suitable vacancies, our trainees will be offered permanent roles within a Central Office team.

How will I be supported?

You will be supported and encouraged to take ownership of your personal development, continually learning through different projects and roles. Through regular meetings, you will be supported and guided through your work. You will be guided by experienced members of the team, and you will find that by having a designated mentor, you will always have access to advice and support. To support your ongoing development, there will be opportunities for training and professional qualifications.

Where will I be based?

You will be based in either our London or Peterborough office and will spend some time in one or more of our schools so there will be an element of travel.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for future leaders who have:

  • Support for our purpose and belief in our underpinning ethos – the best in everyone.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to manage competing priorities to challenging timescales.
  • The ability to understand, analyse and interpret a range of information sources, particularly data relating to educational attainment.
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • An intellectual curiosity, openness to learning and ability to innovate to achieve results.

Your qualifications

Minimum degree classification: 2:2 or on track for one in any discipline and have graduated by September 2022.

At United Learning, we look for more than just your academic results and will assess your application on a number of different factors. We are looking for ambitious, resilient, and motivated candidates who have a strong work ethic and the desire and potential to develop.

Rewards and Benefits

  • 26 days’ holiday.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Flexi-time.
  • A wide range of retail benefits through our partners, Perkbox.

If you believe you share in the values of United Learning and are interested in working for an organisation which aims to provide you with a broad and varied experience, then we look forward to receiving your application.

United Learning

United Learning is a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better with good career opportunities, benefits and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All positions are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We are working hard to become a more diverse organisation – which is key to our commitment to bringing out the best in everyone. We welcome applications from everyone committed to this ethos and would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in the Group as a whole. We always appoint on merit. We are open to discussing flexible working options.

Where support is better shared

United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

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United Learning

We are a group of schools aiming to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. We seek to improve the life chances of all the children and young people we serve and make it our mission to bring out 'the best in everyone' – students, staff, parents and the wider community.

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