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What you'll be doing

Our graduates are integral to our vision of being the best managed business in the sector. Using your natural intellect, commercial mind-set and passionate interest in the world’s people, politics and services, you will be continually striving to improve the way we manage our business, support citizens and deliver innovation in our services. 

To do this we will be asking you to build your understanding of our business, our values, our contracts, and our people as you undertake a 24 month rotational programme. You’ll choose between an ‘Operational’ or ‘Functional’ role: 


Working within Operations means being involved in the frontline of our business. Over the course of two years you’ll complete two placements at sites in a regional cluster. This could mean working in a hospital, prison, environmental services centre, a marine site, or at London Cycle Hire. Either way, you’ll develop an understanding of what it takes to deliver public services, work with our customers, manage and lead teams, and roll up your sleeves and pitch in with front line work! 


As a global company of 50,000+ employees we rely on the support of our Corporate Functions to keep the business running smoothly and efficiently. This Graduate Programme will see you become part of one of these teams - rotating around the key functions to help you understand the people, systems, skills and processes it takes to manage them. Armed with that knowledge you’ll be in an excellent place to help towards our journey of continuous improvement and to apply your ideas and problem-solving abilities. 

Which programme is right for you?

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Development Through Experience

Your development will not be left to chance. Each placement will be carefully designed to help you develop strong management capabilities through critical experience, focusing on the following areas:

•    Servicing our customers: supporting our contract managers in order to understand our customers and the markets we operate in.
•    Excellence in service: being part of the contract delivery team or supporting the contract delivery team with interventions delivered within your function.
•    Supporting our people: supporting your contract manager in managing the workforce or by providing them with the tools to help them do it.
•    Supporting growth: being involved in conversations about bid opportunities or service growth in our existing contracts.
•    Effective business management: being involved in a business risk mitigation, change management or continuous improvement.

Supplementary Training

What is expected of you at each stage of your development journey will build as you progress through your placements. Meanwhile, although your education in operational or functional management will be first and foremost through your on-the-job learning, you will also complete career-enhancing supplementary training and development courses, aligned to the key pillars of our business strategy. 

This will include enrolling you in a supplementary qualification. For those on our functional programme this will be a qualification that closely relates to your area of work. And for our operational programme you’ll enrol onto a course that will equip you with a set of highly transferable skills on which to progress your management career, including (but not limited to!), people, projects, finance and change management.