The ASPIRE Programme is a two-year programme open to graduates of all disciplines and is tailored to allow you to explore both our business and your own talents. We’ll challenge and stretch you, but it’s up to you to make the most of this intensive learning opportunity. You’ll rotate around every area of our business and have plenty of opportunities to show us what you can do and find out where your talents fit best. To help you on your way, you'll have a personal coach, and dedicated mentoring from a Managing Director. There’s also plenty of support to study for professional qualifications awarded by industry bodies that will be recognised wherever you go in your career.
In year one, you’ll do six two-month placements on rotation, designed to give an all-round insight into our business. You can read about your rotation departments here. Year two is a chance to specialise in your chosen area. The projects are longer, the challenges greater, the experience more focused and intense. An additional element of the programme will involve working as a graduate group to develop ideas, then plan, organise and implement a variety of events to raise money for charity as well as create a legacy for the business and industry as a whole.
Throughout the two years, development modules will focus on leadership and project management skills to help you make an impact right away. You’ll also be supported with training in vital skills such as communication, presentation, motivation and performance management. For a detailed overview of the programme, click here.
It’s challenging, but we will help you achieve your potential and you’ll leave the programme with the leadership skills and technical understanding to be a successful future leader of our business.
£24,000 (£27,000 in London /Aberdeen)
To join this programme, you’ll need to be:
- Minimum 2:2 degree-qualified, or hold an equivalent or higher qualification
- Self-confident, articulate, resilient
- A lateral and innovative thinker
- Able to work on your own initiative
- Able to rapidly absorb new and complex information
- Passionate about the customer and a role model of this behaviour
- Energetic and enthusiastic about achieving your goals
- Driven, self-motivated and results-oriented
- A strong communicator
Who we’re looking for
We’re more interested in what you could do, than what you’ve already done. We take your record into account but really we want to know why you think you have potential. What can you show us that makes you think you have the leadership potential to make a real difference at an industry-leading commercial operation? We have identified some characteristics that we think do well here. Think carefully about how you match up to our competencies and see our article here for more advice on applying.
1. Big picture focus.
You’re well-rounded with the initiative to make decisions and the awareness to understand how they will impact the wider business.
2. Putting the customer first.
You understand the importance of customers and always look to improve their experience.
3. Engage others to deliver.
You work well with people and understand the importance of teamwork, the difference in team members, and the value of honest, open feedback.
4. Builds relationships.
A confident communicator in any situation, you’re sensitive to other people’s views, but can present your own in a positive and persuasive manner.
5. Focused on success.
You’ll work tirelessly to achieve objectives; thinking laterally, overcoming challenges, resolving issues and delivering.
6. Drives change and continuous improvement.
You adapt positively to new challenges, and don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone especially to improve yourself and the business.
How to apply
1. Applications open
Remember, selection is a two-way process. We want to find out more about you. But it’s equally important you find out about us too.
Applications will be open between October and March, although some locations close their vacancies early so you are recommended to apply as soon as possible.
2. Apply online
Search and apply for the programme here, and make sure to attach your CV.
3. Video interview
If you are successful, you will be invited to participate in a video interview, where you will be asked questions about your key skills, commercial awareness and motivations.
4. Assessment centre
These will be held from January onwards, where we will see how well you think on your feet and react to a working environment.
5. Final interview
Final interviews will take place from February onwards, with a Director at your local office.
6. Job offer
Successful applicants will receive their offers from mid-February onwards.
7. Start your job
Start on programme with us at the end of August/start of September.