Graduate opportunities in the public sector

Want to make a real difference with your degree? Ever considered a a public sector graduate scheme?

Here are 5 top opportunities for graduates in the public sector:

The biggest graduate recruiter in the UK, Teach First places graduates in schools with a higher-than-average proportion of free school meals or in areas of deprivation. After a five-week training course you head straight out into the classroom, working with young people while completing your training. At the end of the scheme, you’ll have a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a salary starting at £20,909 in inner London, increasing to £28,660 in your second year.

Dealing with everything from finance to health, the Civil Service offers graduates a diverse range of roles within which to specialise, while supporting the delivery of high quality services for the public. You will develop a portfolio of experience across different placements in government departments and agencies. You’ll benefit from an accelerated career path to leadership roles, with a starting salary of £28,000.

For schemes working in local government, also check out the National Graduate Development Programme.

Think Ahead trains social workers for adult mental health services. Learning on the job, you’ll work in an expert team alongside clinical professionals, developing your leadership skills. If you are placed in London, in your first year you receive a bursary of £19,100, after which your salary can increase to around £30,000.

This scheme offers different paths into management in the NHS, including finance, Human Resources and policy. You’ll get a feel for the range of work available in the NHS through a series of regional placements, and a route into a rewarding and challenging career. Training salaries start at around £23,000, plus London weighting.

Police Now seeks to transform communities, reduce crime, and increase the public’s confidence in policing, by recruiting and developing outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline. On this two-year leadership programme you will train as a neighbourhood police officer, working on the job with expert mentorship. The basic starting salary can be as high as £29,607 with the opportunity to join the Fast Track programme to become an inspector.

For more information on a wide range of public sector jobs visit prospects.ac.uk

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