Graduate Training Scheme

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.

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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.

The programme structure

The programme is formed of three 4-month placements and one 12-month placement. Your placements are structured to give you exposure to a variety of roles and perspectives, both within central departments, such as marketing, finance, student services and HR and the Colleges and Schools which are home to our academic departments.

 Placement Structure

Although responsibilities within each placement will vary, all are stretching and challenging to allow you to rapidly develop high-level skills. In the first year, the shorter placements will give you a clear project and opportunities to showcase what you have achieved, with a strong developmental element.

In year two, the longer placement will enable you to build on the skills and knowledge you have already developed, allowing more substantial work to be undertaken alongside the regular cycle of business and the chance to work with a department through a full academic year. You will receive regular support from your placement supervisor and line manager, but are expected to be proactive and take ownership of your projects.