United Learning

United Learning graduate scheme 2020

United Learning

United Learning is a group of schools whose main aim is to provide excellent education and improve the life chances of children and young people across the country. We make it our mission to bring out ‘the best in everyone’ – students, staff, parents and the wider community.

Since 1884, we’ve been committed to providing the best education and opportunities for the children and young people that attend our schools, improving their life chances.

Now with more than 80 schools in our Group, ranging from independent schools to state primary, secondary and all-through academies, we’re proud to say we’re supporting children from every walk of life.

Uniquely, we unite the state and independent sectors, to give more opportunities and get the best out of every pupil and member of staff, creating education and career development opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise exist.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Alice
  • Role: Graduate Trainee
  • Joined: September 2019

"...the range of opportunities available is vast."


I joined the United Learning graduate programme in September. Having just graduated from university, I was apprehensive about starting work in an office environment. However, the comprehensive and thorough induction I was given provided me with the foundations and confidence to begin working within each department.

Being entrusted with responsibility and working with colleagues who are encouraging and have an interest in my personal progression, has allowed me to develop vital skills in a short space of time. Soon after joining it was apparent that the range of opportunities available is vast, and United Learning is a stimulating, varied and rewarding place to work.

  • Training & Profiles

In your first week at United Learning you will be invited to an Induction week at our Central Office in Peterborough. During this week, you will meet key people including your assigned mentor and our Graduate Scheme Co-ordinator – Rebecca Wareing. Rebecca’s role will be to support you during the whole of the two-year programme, including any welfare needs, and ensure you have the best opportunity to learn and grow in the organisation.

A number of face-to-face training and skills-sharing sessions will also form part of the programme, to support in continually developing your knowledge and understanding of the organisation. Key speakers and senior managers from other departments will be invited to meet and spend time with you, as well as external speakers from time to time. Every trainee will be assigned a mentor for the whole of their two-year programme.

You will be subject to a six-monthly performance review, in line with our process for all Central Office staff. Your specific personal objectives will be agreed with Rebecca and the relevant Head of Department for each placement.

You will also be expected to attend the annual ‘Back To School’ training day to develop your knowledge of schools, and also attend our biennial Central Office away day.

  • Application Procedure

What are we looking for?

When you apply, tell us about yourself: your achievements, ambitions, interests, what you are passionate about, and why you want to work for United Learning.

During the recruitment process, you will need to demonstrate United Learning’s values:

  • ambition
    • confidence
    • creativity
    • respect
    • enthusiasm
    • determination
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