6 graduate programmes all final years should apply for now

So, your last winter term been and gone - suddenly graduation and the real world don’t seem all that far away...

Below you’ll find six top employers who are already opening their virtual doors for the graduate intake of 2018 – which could include you.



1. MBDA - Electronics Test Systems Engineer

  • Stevenage
  • £26,000
  • Deadline: 30 January 2018

MBDA are a world-leader in Defence, with UK and international opportunities waiting for graduates this September. Benefit from an outstanding training programme as you are supported to work towards your Chartered Engineer qualification, with flexible working and paid overtime available alongside a generous starting salary.





2. ICS – Volunteering Programme

  • International
  • Volunteering placement
  • Deadline: 9 May 2018

Working alongside local volunteers, you’ll be using your skills to help some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America with ICS. Placements last between 10 and 12 weeks, starting from March 2018, with 99% of previous volunteers stating the programme helped their professional development.




3. RWE Supply & Trading - Finance Graduate Programme

  • Essen and Cologne, with possibility for rotations across the UK and Netherlands
  • Competitive salary
  • Deadline: ASAP

Rotate across key Financial departments within this world-leading Energy trading company, home to the largest trading centre in Europe. You'll be supported by senior leaders and have the opportunity to take on real responsibility - previous grads have gone on to lead exciting new projects across the globe.




4. Rustlers - Graduate Scheme

  • Kirkham, Preston
  • £19,000 - £22,000
  • Deadline: 28 February 2018

Starting in July, this grad scheme will accelerate your progression into Management across 18 months, as you gain vital work experience in business areas ranging from Sales and Marketing to Food Technology and Operations. Performance-related bonuses, a subsidised gym membership and plenty of other company perks are up for grabs too.




5. Softcat – Graduate Account Executive

  • Nationwide
  • Up to £24,000 OTE
  • Deadline: 2 May 2018

The Softcat training scheme is structured to ensure you work your way up to leadership, and the fact that over 80% of their current managers started here shows that it works. You’ll also benefit from uncapped commission and regular rewards including exotic trips abroad to Hawaii, Las Vegas and more.




6. Lidl - Graduate Management Development Programme

  • Nationwide
  • £36,000 + company car
  • Deadline: 9 February 2018

The Lidl Management Development Programme gives you the opportunity to experience all areas of the business, along every stage of the supply chain, before honing your skills and experience to cement your own unique position within the company. Interested in an international career in Retail Management? You can start here.




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