The UK Government is the nation's biggest employer and the public sector is constantly in need of top talent to keep the country functioning well. Here are some of the top graduate schemes in the public sector.
1. NHS Graduate Schemes
There are more than 1.7million people employed by the NHS in hundreds of clinics, surgeries and hospitals. These fantastic people provide care to the UK’s population of 63million. You can find a graduate scheme in HR, General Management, Finance or Health Informatics.
2. Civil Service Fast Stream
The Civil Service employs 42,000 employees and takes on 800 new employees each year – overall they were rated 11th. There are five fast stream programmes available with the Civil Service: the Graduate Fast Stream; the Analytical Fast Stream; the HR Fast Stream; the Technology in Business Fast Stream; and the European Fast Stream.
3. Secret Intelligence Service
The SIS (ranked 12th overall) maintains our UK National Security and our economic well-being. They collect and work with information to detect and prevent serious crimes as well as working on secret overseas operations. The SIS recruits graduates into language specialist and technology expert roles and is open to all students from degree disciplines.
4. Teach First
Teach First places graduates in inner-city schools in areas of need. Their role is to raise education standards and train graduates in leadership and teaching. Their scheme is unique in that they focus on attracting graduates who would not normally have considered teaching. The programme provides training in management as well as providing extensive links to businesses.
5. Local government – National Graduate Development Programme
The NGDP work with councils to support, promote and improve local government. The NGDP run a two-year management development programme for graduates from any degree discipline. This programme includes a range of placements based within a corporate function, a customer-facing area and a support service such as HR, finance, IT and legal services.
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Learn more about public sector graduate schemes, career paths and roles with Bright Network's Public Sector & Government Career Path Guide.