Graduate Programme

About the scheme

Our graduate scheme gives the opportunity of a 12-month placement to gain experience across corporate governance practice through a rotational programme. We don’t require you to have a specific degree, what we’re looking for is a keenness to learn and get involved in multiple projects at once, and an interest in working for government. Our main aim throughout will be to provide a bespoke learning and development programme, with regular opportunities to meet and learn from senior people across the organisation, in addition to a buddy and mentor to provide specific guidance. By the end of the programme, applicants will have developed the skills to pursue a career in either the public or private sector with confidence.


Next steps

If you are interested in applying, please look at the vacancies page and apply for an open role or register your interest for the next placement.

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The role

You’ll be working both as a team and individually to support organisations of national importance wherever you can across your assigned portfolio.

You will spend around 60% of your time in ‘shareholder teams’, responsible for organisations such as The Royal Mint, British Business Bank and HM Land Registry. You will have the chance to work on up to three of these across the 12-month placement, where you will be involved in anything from helping to create agendas for meetings with your portfolio organisations and deciding on the key questions to ask, attending meetings with the senior team, reviewing information going to the Board, and supporting the team to write advice for ministers on governance matters or even recruiting new Chairs to lead the organisations. The rest of your time will be spent as a member of our internal Project Management and Governance teams where you will help research and develop best practice drawing on the experience of collegues to solve issues and work with teams across UKGI to manage important projects.

No two days will be the same, it is a truly varied role which in part will be built around your interests. Our graduates really enjoy the variety their role gives them, as well as the opportunity to learn from both their private sector and civil service colleagues.

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