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The University of Birmingham is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. With over 8,000 members of staff working across a huge variety of roles, running an organisation of this size and complexity offers a challenge to rival that of any major business or public sector body.

Our Graduate Management Training Scheme provides ambitious and high calibre graduates with an entry point into a dynamic and stimulating career in university management and leadership. The two-year programme includes a rotation of placements across different areas of the University’s Professional Services complemented by a tailored training and development package and mentoring from a senior University director.



Applications for September 2024 entry are now closed.

Find out why our previous Graduate Trainees chose our scheme

The programme structure

Throughout the two year programme, you will receive regular support from your placement supervisor and line manager but are expected to​ be proactive and take ownership of your projects. 

Although responsibilities within each placement will vary, all are stretching and challenging to allow you to rapidly develop high-level skills.

Year​ one

The first year is formed of three 4-month placements structured to give you exposure to a variety o​f roles and perspectives, both within central departments, such as marketing, finance, student services and HR and our academic departments.   

The short​er placements will give you a clear project and opportunities to showcase what you have achieved, with a strong developmental element.​

Year t​wo

A longer 12 month placement will enable you to build on the skills and knowledge you have already developed, allowing more substantial wo​rk to be undertaken alongside the regular cycle of business and the chance to work with a department through a full academic year.

Training and benefits

Here at the University we take professional development seriously. If you’re enthusiastic you will find the support and opportunities you need to succeed. Working as a Graduate Trainee at the University of Birmingham brings many staff benefits, from generous holiday leave, to reward and recognition.  

Graduate Trainee Scheme training and benefits

Contact us

If you have any questions about you can email the Graduate Training Scheme.