Frequently asked questions

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When can I apply for the scheme?

Applications will open in October 2019 until early January 2020 for September 2020 entry. For information on applying visit our application process page. 

Do I need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply?

Yes, to apply for the scheme you must be eligible to work in the UK. Unfortunately we are unable to sponsor you for a visa. 

When does the programme start? 

Our new Trainees will start at the beginning of September 2019. 

How many vacancies do you have?

We will recruit up to six Trainees. 

What is the salary?

Trainees will receive a Grade 6 salary (currently £27,025) and will have access to other employee benefits such as our pension scheme.  

What degree classification do I need to apply?

You need to have achieved, or be predicted, either a 2:1 or first class degree to apply to the scheme.  

Do I need to have graduated from the University of Birmingham to apply?

No, the scheme is open to graduates from all Universities who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in the past three years. You can apply if you are still studying, although if you are successful in the assessment process, your job offer may be conditional pending your final degree classification.  

Do I need management experience?

The scheme will provide you with management experience across a variety of different areas. However, those who have previous experience, for example through an internship, work experience, part time job or through an extra-curricular activity, will find the application process easier. 

What are the stages of the recruitment process?

There are three stages of the recruitment process:

  1. Online application
  2. Assessment centre
  3. Final interview

To read more about each stage please visit our application process page.

What can I do to boost my chances of getting an interview?

We are looking for candidates who show a passion for working in Higher Education and in particular for working in Birmingham. We will be looking for previous relevant experience – whether this is paid, voluntary or through extra-curricular activities – which show that you have the skills to be a graduate trainee. Valuable experience could include being a student ambassador, completing a personal skills award, or your role in a student society.  For more ways to boost your chances, view our hints and tips for applying. 

What is the assessment centre like?

The assessment centre will last half a day and will involve activities such as group discussions, individual interviews and written tasks. Although the day will be challenging, it will be a valuable experience and will give you the opportunity to meet members of senior management and previous Trainees and learn more about working at the University.

Will I get to choose my placements?

We will consider your preference when allocating placements. However, an important aspect of the scheme is to provide you with a variety of experiences across the University; therefore we will arrange your first year placements for you before you arrive. For the second year placement, we will work with you to identify a placement that will broaden your experience and continue to build on your skills.  

Where will I be based?

You will predominantly be based on the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus (PDF - 825Kb). Some placements may require an element of travel. 

Will I get a job at the University at the end of the scheme?

Although Trainees do not receive a guarantee of employment at the University following the two-year training period, our trainees have an excellent record of securing jobs in the University after the scheme. The wide range of skills and experience gained throughout the scheme will also be greatly beneficial for those who wish to pursue roles outside of the University.