Graduate scheme

The Reed graduate scheme has been developing graduates into successful senior managers and leaders of our global business for over 20 years. Our graduates and co-members consistently tell us they love working here, and we have won awards on both Glassdoor and Milkround.

Apply today if you have ambition, resilience and want to help us achieve our purpose of improving lives through work.

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Job crowd 2021 - graduates top company to work for

Unlike many graduate schemes, ours offers you a unique degree of flexibility around where (and how far) you take your career with us.

We need people to join us who demonstrate ambition, a track record of hitting targets and want to make a difference to our communities through our company purpose of improving lives through work.

Before applying, take some time to explore this site to find out why our graduates’ and co-members feedback led us to become a ‘Top Company for Graduate to Work For’ (JobCrowd) and a ‘Best Place to Work’ on Glassdoor.

Saveena Bains - REED Early Careers and Graduate Scheme Manager

Saveena Bains

Graduate Scheme Manager

Graduate training scheme

  • Min. 2:1 Undergraduate Degree (any discipline)
  • £23,000 starting salary (up to £27,000 in London)
  • Qualification sponsorship (after 12 months)

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Graduate scheme Q&A

In Autumn 2020 Graduate Scheme Manager, Saveena Bains spoke to three members of the graduate training scheme. They talked about their experiences and gave advice for anyone thinking of applying for our scheme, or a graduate scheme generally.

Watch through the playlist on the left/above to find answers to your burning questions, or watch the whole session on our YouTube Channel here.

Topics covered in the video(s) include:

  • Differences between graduate schemes and direct entry jobs
  • Transferrable skills you can develop at university
  • How to differentiate yourself from other applicants
  • Advice for transitioning from university life to full-time work

Your 3 year journey with us…

Every five minutes someone in Britain starts a new job through one of our businesses.

From day one on the Reed graduate scheme (and for your first year with us), you could be helping us achieve our purpose and company goals through any of the four ways below:

  • Negotiating job listing packages for businesses as a sales executive at so job-seekers can find and apply to a range of opportunities on our site
  • Working with household-name brands and organisations (from major banks to the NHS) on high-volume recruitment needs through one of our national contracts within Reed Talent Solutions
  • Using expertise in your chosen specialism to help local businesses fill their permanent or temporary job vacancies as a recruitment consultant at Reed
  • Supporting the long-term unemployed back to work as an employment advisor at Reed in Partnership

In addition to world-class training, delivered in-house and online, all our graduates begin their journey at Reed with an induction at the Reed Business School in the Cotswolds.

You’ve completed your first year objectives, made a good impression on your colleagues and networked with the wider business…

So what comes next?

A few months before your rotation due date, the graduate team will contact you with a list of opportunities available around the business. These will depend on business needs at the time, but could include any number of vacancies from HR, finance, learning & development, business improvement, marketing… The opportunities are endless!

If you are happy in your operational role, you are welcome to stay in your branch/office, provided you and your manager can demonstrate clear progression and a desire to lead a team. Should you pursue this route in one of our sales or recruitment roles, your earning potential will be much higher for your duration on the graduate scheme, and you will have opportunities for further training and development through our future leaders programme.

In addition to world-class job training, delivered in-house and online, all our Graduates begin their journey at Reed with an induction at the Reed Business School in the Cotswolds. Here you’ll get to meet your peers and work together on ideas to help grow the business, before meeting a range of current Graduate Scheme members and company directors.

Alongside the Rewards and Benefits available to all co-members, as a member of the Graduate Training Scheme you can expect:

  • A senior mentor to coach and advise you through your time at Reed and an optional ‘buddy’ from one of our previous year’s intakes
  • Funding for a professional qualification of your choice, so you can become an expert in your chosen area (from year 2)
  • Performance-related salary increases for each year on the scheme, tied to your performance against agreed annual objectives and demonstrating the core attributes we expect of our graduates

Application Form

We’ll gather your basic details so we can check your eligibility for the scheme and to make sure we can contact you. We then want to know why you think we’re a good match.

Tip: Make sure you check over your application for mistakes (maybe ask someone to take a look), and ensure you outline your strengths and motivations which can be directly related to working for Reed.

Psychometric Testing

We’ll invite you to complete our online General Ability Assessment. Thinking logically and pulling out the relevant data is a vital part of any leadership position in our business.

Telephone Interview

Speak with one of the Early Careers team to discuss your motivations and hear more about the roles and Life at Reed. We want to get to know you so we can match you to the right team in the business and get you off to a flying start.

Role Play

Depending on your choice of first year role, you’ll complete a telephone role play or video dilemmas assessment. This will give you an insight into the day-to-day job and a chance for you to demonstrate your strengths relative to the role.

Placement Interviews

The Early Careers team will book interviews for you to determine where you will start at Reed; taking in to account your preferences around locations and specialisms.

Managers will look for your motivation to join the team and your understanding for the role. The Early Careers team will assist in this preparation by sending you useful documents and checking in with you before your interview.

Director Interview

Future leaders… meet our current leaders!

Our directors across the business place the Graduate Training Scheme in high esteem and so insist on having 1-to-1 interviews with each applicant to determine whether they think you have the potential to be a future leader for our business.

They will look for you to be enthusiastic about your potential future with Reed and have a good understanding of what’s expected of you. In return, they’ll give you a unique insight into the business and their tips for success!

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