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Graduate scheme

Looking for graduate opportunities? Would you like to be involved in shaping an important part of the NHS?

SCW runs a highly-regarded and well-established graduate management scheme. The scheme offers a unique opportunity for graduates to help transform the way health services work for patients and communities. Working together as a partner in the system, we bring a unique mix of NHS and commercial experience to support our customers, partners, patients and service users to address and find solutions to challenges.  

Would you like to be involved in shaping an important part of the NHS?

Our graduate management scheme spans two years and offers candidates 'action-based learning' and professional development in areas ranging from Transformation and Consultancy, Business Intelligence, Finance, Human Resources and Information Governance, giving graduates the opportunity for hands-on business training.

Candidates will be aligned to a service line, spending time in a range of teams or projects related to, and interlinking with that service. This allows candidates to experience the breadth and depth of SCW services. All this will be teamed with an ongoing learning and development programme, including activities such as:

  • Masterclasses delivered by specialists within the organisation
  • Action Learning Sets
  • Activities relating to the wider healthcare economy, such as joint projects
  • Industry-specific professional qualifications (such as Prince 2).

Is the graduate scheme right for you?

We operate in the commissioning support sector, which is still a developing and challenging environment. In the commercial landscape in which we find ourselves, our clients don’t have to use us. Instead, they choose to use us, because we deliver quality and value and because we help them to make a difference. 

With this in mind, we’re looking for ambitious and driven graduates who are keen to take the initiative and get things done in a resourceful and efficient manner.  Find out more about what we're looking for.

If you're not sure this is for you, take our survey and find out.

Values matter to us, which is why we’re looking for aspirational, collaborative, insightful and respectful people who’ll help us achieve our vision and put patients first. Find out more about SCW values.

How to apply

Applications for the 2021 intake are now closed. Please bookmark this page and come back in January when we open up for 2022 applications. 

What to expect

Successful graduates undertake a period of induction where they are introduced to all aspects of the business. You will then be aligned with a specific department, gaining hands-on business experience, completing projects and pieces of work within each area.

We provide a range of services to our customers from Business Intelligence and Analytics, Corporate and Customer Finance to Sales, Communications and Contract Management.

Locations for these services vary. We span 14,400 square miles across beautiful rural England, punctuated by growing and vibrant urban locations. Serving a population of more than 12 million, we are one of the largest commissioning support units in the country. Our graduates are expected to work across locations so that they can experience the full width and breadth of what we offer.

At the end of your 24-months training we will ask you to undertake a project to demonstrate that you’re ready for your first appointment, but don't worry we will support you every step of the way.