What is a graduate programme?

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What is a graduate programme? How do you apply? How long is it? Are there fees to pay?
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What is a graduate programme? How do you apply? How long is it? Are there fees to pay?
Hi s817


Hoping I can offer some help with your question.

Generally speaking - larger organisations and companies have graduate training schemes sometimes called programmes. They are designed to support people who are graduating from university to gain experience is a specific field of work such as accountancy, law and I.T.

Most companies advertise their graduate training programmes directly through their websites so you may need to spend some time searching and researching what is out there, some may use popular job sites like Indeed or Reed.

Most graduate training programmes are classed as employment so you will be paid a wage and there shouldn't be any cost to you. The length of the programme will be down to each individual employer however they normally last between 1-2 years. What you need to be aware of is some companies offer graduate internships which are very different. They tend to be unpaid work experience placements to help you gain skills and are normally short term.

If you're interested in finding out more here is a really good website to help you get started: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...aduate-schemes

More than happy to help if you have further questions and if you would like to speak with a careers adviser in more depth you can call us on 0800 100 900.

Good luck with everything - Sophie.
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What is a graduate programme? How do you apply? How long is it? Are there fees to pay?
It's just a generic name for large companies that hire graduates 'in bulk'. Most small and medium sized businesses just hire people when they have a vacancy, and they bring the person it for a specific job and induct them in the way of the business and train them in the role individually. however, some companies are large enough to need/want a more packaged process, two main reasons for this, either just straight numbers of graduates they need in, or because they have several different sectors of work, and they don't trust graduates to accurately 'self select' which area they want to work in. Therefore graduate schemes quite often rotate people around 2, 3, 4 or more sections of the business, and at the end of the scheme come to a mutual decision about which section people work in more permanently.

Some companies have more prestigious graduate entry programmes, but don't be fooled, most of them are just sausage machines, to churn out the employees they want in bulk after university hasn't produced the final article.
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It's just a generic name for large companies that hire graduates 'in bulk'. Most small and medium sized businesses just hire people when they have a vacancy, and they bring the person it for a specific job and induct them in the way of the business and train them in the role individually. however, some companies are large enough to need/want a more packaged process, two main reasons for this, either just straight numbers of graduates they need in, or because they have several different sectors of work, and they don't trust graduates to accurately 'self select' which area they want to work in. Therefore graduate schemes quite often rotate people around 2, 3, 4 or more sections of the business, and at the end of the scheme come to a mutual decision about which section people work in more permanently.

Some companies have more prestigious graduate entry programmes, but don't be fooled, most of them are just sausage machines, to churn out the employees they want in bulk after university hasn't produced the final article.
It's not just for bulk hiring. Some grad schemes only take a few people each year and will suspend the programme if there's no business need.
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It's not just for bulk hiring. Some grad schemes only take a few people each year and will suspend the programme if there's no business need.
'bulk' is relative. if a business only needs 10 grads a year, that is still 'bulk' for that business.

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