6 graduate schemes starting in 2021 you should apply for right now

Lara Billington
Content Marketing Executive

If you'd like to join a graduate programme next year, now is the time to apply for your place.

The screening process for graduate schemes tends to be quite long, which is why lots of them open for applications very far in advance. So even if you're not set to graduate until next year, if you want a place on a graduate scheme waiting for you, you need to get yourself into gear to avoid missing out.

The opportunities below all start at various points throughout 2021. Check them out and get your application in soon.


1. Lidl - Sales Graduate Management Programme

  • Where: Nationwide
  • Salary: £37,000
  • Deadline: ASAP
  • Starts: September 2021

In year one at Lidl you'll rotate around a range of roles, from Customer Assistant to Deputy Store Manager, so that by year two you'll be prepped and ready to take on the role of Store Manager, running a team of your own. It's a challenging role but don't worry, you'll receive comprehensive training at Lidl's training academy which will equip you with the skills to succeed.



Applications have opened for next year's Teacher Training Programme with Teach First. On the programme you'll gain internationally-recognised teacher training qualifications, earn a full salary from day one and unlock the potential in children from disadvantaged backgrounds. If that sounds like something you'd be good at, apply early for the best chance of getting your first-choice subject and location. 


Bakkavor are one of the largest players in fresh prepared food manufacturing and work with the biggest names in supermarket retail. Register your interest for one of their graduate programmes and you'll be the first to hear when they go live. They offer opportunities in a range of areas: product development, finance, human resources, manufacturing, food technology and commercial, so there's something for everyone! 



There are places available for German-speaking graduates on AlphaSights's Graduate Associate Programme, starting in January. As an Associate, you’ll act as the connection point between clients and industry experts across the globe, putting your language skills to good use as you conduct high-level research, frequently speaking to people on the phone and via email. Interested? Click below to find out more and apply.


The work Standard Chartered do doesn't just have an impact on clients in the UK, but across the world. When you join their Graduate Programme you'll be seen as, and treated like, a future leader of the company. You'll collaborate on real projects, receive immersive training and be exposed to a range of clients and areas of the business. Ready to make your mark? Apply now. 


Don't miss this opportunity to join one of the biggest Professional Services firms in the country, PwC, on their Tax Graduate Programme. As part of the Tax team you'll help PwC's global clients stay ahead of the tax changes that impact their business. You'll develop a deep understanding of tax, receive close support from your team and have plenty of opportunities for progression. Register your interest now! 



None of these jobs taking your fancy?

Check out plenty of other graduate job opportunities on the GradTouch website here.