7 graduate schemes tech students can apply for in 2021

Amy O'Neill

As remote working and distance learning become our new norm, the technology sector is expanding more than ever before. Whether you’re a recent graduate on the hunt for your next opportunity or set to graduate in the coming months, we've found a bunch of roles to give you a taste of what's out there!

There are graduate schemes and entry-level roles from Barclays, Sage UKI, Capital One, and more.


1. NHS Digital Graduate Scheme 

The NHS Digital Graduate scheme lets you experience a rotation of technology sectors from Product Development, Cyber Security, IT Operations, Data Services and Platforms and Infrastructure, which will help you broaden your understanding of NHS Digital and give you the opportunity to work on high-calibre projects.

To apply, you’ll need a 2:1 or above standard in Computer Science, Maths or a closely related subject. If you have achieved a 2:1 or above standard in a non-STEM related subject, a Masters degree within the relevant field will also be accepted. Positions are available in both Leeds and London.

Apply here by September 2021


2. Barclays Graduate Scheme

Barclays offer graduate schemes in technology, cyber and security, customer banking solutions, and risk assessment. With such a wide range of programmes available, you’re bound to find your niche alongside one of the UK’s oldest and most recognisable banking firms. In order to apply for this graduate scheme, you’ll need a Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Chemistry or an Engineering-related degree.

Apply here


3. Sparta Global Technology Consultant Graduate Programme

​​​​​​Winner of the 2018 Women in Tech “Female Grad Employer of the Year” award, Sparta Global are always on the hunt for the next generation of leaders in technology. As a company, diversity, inclusive leadership, and equality stand as their core values. If you have a Computer Science/STEM degree and want to explore and expand your unique skill set, then Sparta Global are encouraging you to come on board their industry-leading training programme.

Their graduate scheme offers roles in Software Development, Automated testing, DevOps Engineering, Data Engineering, and Data Analysis, as well as providing you with permanent employment for at least two years.

Apply here


4. Sage UKI Product and Tech Graduate Programme

Sage UKI are currently recruiting graduates for their October 2021 uptake. If you’re application is successful, you’ll find a place with the UK market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems. With roles that suit an array of exciting career paths – from software/UX developers, software testers, network and Cloud operations engineers, data scientists, and product managers – there really is something for everyone, regardless of your disciplinary background.

Their graduate programme lasts for two year and requires a relevant technical degree such as: Computer Science, Software Development, IT, Graphic Design, Project Management, or a related degree with a keen interest in STEM and the Tech industry.

Apply here by May 2021


5. TravelNest Graduate Software Engineer - entry level role

TravelNest is an Edinburgh-based travel tech start-up. Their product allows holiday-home owners to access and advertise to upwards of 30 top travels sites, including some of your favourites like Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, at the touch of a button. As a small, emerging enterprise, your role with have large impact on the company’s future direction, with a fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard and do meaningful work from day one. 

As part of their open and collaborative working culture, this opportunity is open to remote candidates with the view to relocate. They also offer an attractive salary, stock in the company, remote working, and unlimited holiday leave.

Apply here


6. Aviva Graduate Technology Infrastructure, Network and Operations Management 

Aviva's Graduate Technology scheme allows you to gain valuable experience with a range of pivotal technology sectors from infrastructure and hardware, to the networks and software that make so many jobs possible. Aviva also pride themselves on their wide pool of graduates, and so all you need to apply is an interest in technology and a 2:1 degree in any subject with at least five GCSEs at A*-C grade (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

In return, Aviva offer a generous starting salary from £25,000 (depending on your skills, experience and qualifications), a permanent role from day one, a professional qualification aligned to your role, and much more.

Apply here 


7. Capital One Software Academy Programme

Capital One are currently recruiting tech-savvy graduates for their their Software Academy. You can download their brochure right from their website and get an in-depth look at each role. But we’ve collected the CliffsNotes for you right here…

As part of the Software Academy, you’ll learn how to build actionable systems, languages, and frameworks in order to enhance Capital One’s customer experience and develop your own skills as an engineer. You don’t need a Computer Science degree to apply, but you should have baseline coding skills in any language.

The role is based in Nottingham, UK, and starts at £35,000 with a £5,000 joining bonus.

Apply here