Employer Insights

Access information obtained by staff visiting employers, or from students and graduates who are either working with or applying for positions with some of the top graduate recruiters.

 

 

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ABInBev | Aldi | Apple | Arcadia | Asda | ASOS | Atos

ABInBev

ABInBev UK is part of the world's largest brewer. They produce some of the world's best known brands including Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona. They offer a variety of graduate programmes and internship opportunities during which you will learn about how the entire business works. 

Read about a student's experience at an AB InBev assessment day.

Aldi

The Graduate Programme is tough and the company expectations are very demanding, but the rewards are excellent. A representative from the Aldi Academy held a day to clear up some of the questions frequently asked by potential candidates, and put together a handy Aldi Fact Sheet. A member of the Careers team put together a useful Aldi Report July 2014 to summarise what students should keep in mind. In addition, please read the Aldi 2015 update.    

This feedback from one of our Geography students tells you what they experienced at the Aldi Assessment Centre.

Read about the interview experience of a successful candidate for the ‌Aldi Graduate Area Manager position.

Apple

Apple are looking for their next leaders and they expect creative thinking and solutions from everyone, no matter what their responsibilities are. As one of the most popular companies to work for, read more about their graduate opportunities.

Find out about a student's experience of the recruitment process for the Apple Store Leader Programme and Apple Marketing Internship

Arcadia

Arcadia is the UK's largest fashion retailer with over 500 stores in more than 35 markets. Arcadia's well-known brands include: BHS, Miss Selfridge, Topshop and Topman. Arcadia offers graduate roles in the areas of buying, merchandising, finance and digital.

Read about a student's experience at an Arcadia assessment day.

Asda

Asda is one of Britain's best-known retailers, serving more than 18 million customers every week. They offer five routes into Asda and into the world of their parent group Walmart.

Read about a student's experience at an Asda assessment day for their graduate retail scheme and find out more about the ASDA Management Opportunity.

ASOS

ASOS is a global online fashion retailer with over 60,000 product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty. They hire graduates in entry level positions across all areas of their business including marketing, buying, merchandising, design, logistics and IT. They also offer internships for undergraduates required to undertake a 12 month placement as part of their degree.

Read about a student experience at an ASOS assessment day for an undergraduate placement.

Atos

Atos is a leading international IT services company with a client base of companies across all industry sectors. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organisations to create their business of the future.

Their ability to deliver Operational Excellence means that they are always ready and able to help their clients address whatever challenges they face. They place great emphasis on understanding and meeting the needs and priorities of their clients, including their sustainability objectives.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Atos Internship.

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Balfour Beatty | Barclays | BBC | Bishop Fleming | Boots | Bosch | Brakes Group | British Airways | BT

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group; they finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. With more than 100 years of experience in delivering highly complex infrastructure projects, they know how to operate with the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise, integrate with clients and local supply chains and work with local communities. 

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Balfour Beatty Graduate Programme.

Barclays

Barclays offers a breadth of opportunities for students, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates right across its business. There are openings in Corporate and Investment Banking, Retail and Business Banking and Wealth and Investment Management as well as a host of crucial business support functions such as Technology, HR and Marketing. Applications are welcome from graduates from all disciplines.

Visit the Barclays Graduate recruitment portal for more information about the opportunities on offer.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Barclays Technology Graduate Programme

Bates Chi & Partners

Bates Chi & Partners are a partnership of senior practitioners from different disciplines - Advertising, Digital, Social, Design and Content - sharing the same goals and the same mission as their clients. Their model is one of partners and peers delivering and expecting the very best of one another. They believe this is why they are consistently one of the most creatively awarded independent agencies in the world

Read about the experience of a student who attended an interview for the Bates Chi & Partners Graduate Job

BBC

The BBC has a variety of Digital and Creative careers available. For information and application tips, use the BBC Digital and Creative Careers report from an event in March 2016.

Read about the experience of a candidate with the BBC IT for Creative Industries Internship.

Bishop Fleming

Bishop Fleming is a leading provider of accounting, tax and business consultancy in the UK. They provide accountancy services from Worcester in the West Midlands to Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Truro in the South West.

With over 300 staff in the UK, plus access to a worldwide network of over 20,000 professionals in 95 countries, they are able to offer innovative solutions on a truly global basis to help you grow your business. They will inspire you to fulfill your potential.

Read about the experience of a candidate with the Bishop Fleming Graduate job

Boots

Boots is the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. Boots offers 7 graduate programmes, as well as a range of summer internships and placement year programmes.

Read about student experiences at assessment centres for the Boots Finance programme and the Boots Brand, Buying and Marketing programme.

Bosch

As a leading global supplier of technology and services, the Bosch Group has regional companies and subsidiaries in over 60 countries worldwide. They offer a graduate specialist programme as well as industrial placements.

Read about a student experience at a Bosch assessment day for a HR internship. 

Brakes Group

At its core, Brakes Group has two main passions: food and service. It is these passions that have made it the market leader in UK foodservice, and the second largest foodservice provider in both France and Sweden.

From locally-sourced to globally-sourced, and from specialist culinary ingredients to fully-prepared meals, Brakes Group sources and supplies a range of more than 50,000 fresh, ambient, chilled and frozen foods. This includes over 4,000 own-brand products and a wide range of non-foods, all at competitive wholesale prices.

Learn about the application experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who speculatively applied for the Brakes Group Graduate Job.

British Airways

British Airways flies 37 million customers and 788,000 tonnes of cargo to 177 destinations across the globe every year. It has reputation for customer service and quality.

British Airways offer a range of graduate programmes across different sectors.  Detailed information is provided about the recruitment process including how to prepare for the assessment stage.

BT

BT is one of the leading communications companies, serving the broadband, phone, TV and mobile needs of customers in the UK and in more than 170 countries worldwide.

Read about the interview experience of a Lancaster University students who applied for their BT Managemant Graduate Scheme

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Center Parks | Chase Pharmaceuticals | Civil Service Fast Stream | The Co-operative Group | Copperman Consulting

Center Parcs

The Center Parcs concept is to provide short breaks in the forest offering high quality accommodation, a range of leisure facilities and activities, all set within a protected and enhanced woodland environment.

Although Center Parcs does not operate a graduate scheme, they do have a wide range of career opportunities both within their head office and on location in their holiday villages.

Learn about the interview experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for a Centre Parcs Conservation Ranger position.

Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of medications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Chase Pharmaceuticals Graduate Program

Civil Service Fast Stream

A variety of schemes, internships and apprenticeships for students and graduates who have the potential to become the future leaders of the Civil Service. The application process is rigorous, and anyone interested should check the information provided for candidates.

All applicants progressing to the assessment stage will receive feedback on their performance. This example of Civil Service Candidate's Report was provided to one of Lancaster’s students and gives a good insight into what the Civil Service Fast Stream are looking for from candidates.

Two graduate Fast Streamers talk about their career to date and facilitate the policy game Dunchester Millions which is used to give an insight into the Fast Stream programme and how the Civil Service works..

Two members of the Careers team recently attended one of the Civil Service Assessment Centre report Feb 2015 running in London. A report of the advice and findings is available, and gives an overview of what to expect.  

The Co-operative Group

Over 70,000 people work across a range of businesses within The Co-operative Group including: Food; Funeral care; Legal Services; and Electrical. The Co-operative group are currently updating their graduate programmes so please check their website regularly for updates.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for the ‌???

Copperman Consulting

Copperman are experts who understand the world of finance and the challenges it brings. For over 10 years they’ve been working with clients like you to implement SAP and related software, sharing our extensive knowledge to make their organisation more efficient, drive down costs and support your business as it develops.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for the Copperman Graduate Programme.

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DE&S | Debenhams | Disney | Dyson

DE&S

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a bespoke trading entity, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Employing around 12,500 people and with a budget of £14 billion, DE&S plays a vital role in maintaining military operational capability by acquiring and supporting a wide range of world class equipment and services

To achieve their goals, they need people with diverse backgrounds and disciplines. These include: project management, engineering, information technology, finance, procurement and logistics.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the DE&S Graduate Job.

Debenhams

Debenhams is one of the best-known retailers in the UK. Debenhams employs over 25,000 people across 240 stores, 28 countries, 2 head offices and their online shopping channels. They offer a range of roles suitable for graduates.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for a Debenhams fashion buying placement.

Disney

The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using their portfolio of brands to differentiate their content, services and consumer products, they seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Disney Internship‌.

Disney Interactive

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt DisneyCompany that brings stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises four main lines of business: Licensing, Retail, Games and Apps, and Content. The combined segment is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations around the world.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Disney Interactive Internship

Dyson

Dyson designs, develops and manufactures a range of products including vacuums, hand dryers and fans. Dyson recruits graduates in the areas of engineering, finance and marketing

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for Dyson's finance scheme.

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easyJet | Enterprise Rent-a-Car | Environment Agency | Explore Learning

easyJet

easyJet boasts over 200 aircraft, 600 routes, operating from 130 airports, 30 countries and 22 bases. They look after over 50 million passengers annually. 

easyJet has many opportunities for those with an excellent academic record who are willing to relocate and have a genuine interest in the airline industry and a passion for the opportunity to work at easyJet. 
They also have a variety of vacancies both ‘on the ground’ and ‘in the air’.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the easyJet HR Graduate Programme.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Enterprise rent-a-car is the largest car rental company in the world. They recruit for their Graduate Management Trainee scheme with roles available nationwide. They also offer internships for students in the form of placement years and summer internships.

Read about the assessment centre experience for the enterprise rent-a-car management trainee summer internship scheme and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Graduate job.

Explore Learning

Explore Learning are a national network of learning centres providing Maths and English tuition to children aged 5-14, designed to enhance knowledge, confidence and enjoyment of learning.

Since they opened their first centre in 2001 over 100,000 children have joined Explore. Their ambition is to be the leading provider of after school tuition in the UK.

There are a variety of opportunities available with Explore Learning including graduate positions and part-time tutor work.

Two recent graduates write about their experiences of applying for an Assistant Director position with Explore Learning.

A Careers Consultant recently visited Explore Learning to gain more of an insight into the positions available within the centres.  Read more about this Explore Learning meeting.

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FDM | Fenwick | Fujitsu

FDM

Using a tailored blend of specialist training and skills development, FDM transform high-calibre graduates into professional IT Consultants through their FDM Graduate Programme.

The FDM Graduate Programme provides training with a minimum of two years of relevant commercial IT experience. FDM employs individuals with a passion for IT and the drive to provide an excellent service to clients.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for their FDM Graduate Job

Fenwick

Fenwick is the UK's leading independent store with a reputation for being distinctive, innovative and for sourcing the very best merchandise for our customers. Each store runs its own graduate scheme and looks after its graduates independently. Their graduate scheme commences every September and you will need to identify which of the following four stores you wish to apply to: Newcastle, Brent Cross, Canterbury or Kingston.

Read about the experience of a student who attend an assessment day for Fenwick's graduate buying scheme.

Fujitsu

Fujitsu is an IT company offering a complete range of products, solutions and services. From looking after applications and protecting data, to managing supercomputers around the world, they're helping businesses everywhere to become more innovative and efficient. Fujitsu employs 14,000 people across the UK and Ireland. Fujitsu offer an award-winning graduate development programme with roles available in the following specialist areas: commercial, marketing, service delivery, project management, procurement, sales, human resources, finance and technical. 

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment centre for Fujitsu's graduate scheme.

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Garbutt & Elliott | GFK

Garbutt & Elliott

Garbutt & Elliott is one of Yorkshire’s larger independent firms of chartered accountants, auditors and advisors. First established in 1848, today we are a team of over 130 staff, including 11 Partners offering tailored services for individuals and businesses.

We provide a full range of specialist services with experienced expert advisors covering a wide spectrum of sectors. Harvesting a positive culture we constantly aim to deliver exceptional service to our clients to inspire confidence and success.

Find out about the experiences of a Lancaster student who applied for an Garbutt & Elliott Graduate Position

GfK

GfK is the 4th-largest market research organisation in the world. More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s long-standing data science experience. This allows them to deliver vital global insights matched with local market intelligence from more than 100 countries. By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.

For information about graduate careers at GfK visit their graduate recruitment portal.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for their Project Management Graduate scheme.

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Harrison Frazer | Hilton Worldwide | HSBC

Harrison Frazer

They are a trusted advisor to many leading multinational organizations, providing not only effective search and selection services, but also providing market intelligence access through their dedicated research team. They don’t just provide a service; they listen to the situation, understand the problem, and provide the best solution.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for their Harrison Frazer Graduate Job

Hilton

Hilton is one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the world. Hilton offers a management development programme which operates in the UK and Germany. They also offer a finance graduate programme which is a longer programme including two 12 month placements in Europe, the Middle East and/or Africa.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment centre for Hilton's management development programme.

HSBC

HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. With an international network extending to 9,500 offices in 85 countries and territories.

HSBC run a number of graduate programmes both in the UK and overseas. Detailed information is provided about their recruitment and selection process to help you with your application.
As well as graduate opportunities there are also a number of other opportunities available throughout HSBC.

Read about the experiences of students who applied for the ‌Retail Management and Operational Leadership Management schemes.

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IBM | Intertek

IBM

In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. 

There are opportunities for students and graduates from any degree discipline. You’ll need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the business area you apply to, as well as being able to evidence the 7 competencies and characteristics that all employees share.

International candidates are now eligible to apply to IBM's Graduate programme. If the graduate is on for a 2:1 and passes all the usual application tests and gets offered a job, IBM will pay for their Visa sponsorship to work in the UK.

Read about a student's experience at an assessment centre for an IBM placement.

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Jaguar Land Rover | Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme | John Lewis | JWT London

Jaguar Land Rover

Innovative, trusted and pioneering. These are the qualities that Jaguar Land Rover seek in all of their employees. One of the top graduate recruiters in the UK with a range of career opportunities. They are ranked as one of the best companies to work for by the Sunday Times. 

Jaguar Land Rover will be recruiting 204 interns and from this year these internships will only be available to penultimate year students. They will also take on 318 graduates, including 178 engineers. Find out what Jaguar Land Rover  are‌ are telling universities about their opportunities in this report produced by Lancaster University Careers staff.

Read the report from our team on their visit to Jaguar Land Rover in 2016.

Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. It seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET participants at the person-to-person level.

Read about the experience of two candidates from Lancaster University who applied for the JET Programme.

John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership's 93,800 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses - John Lewis and Waitrose. They offer graduate schemes in a variety of areas including finance, buying, merchandising and technology. They also offer leadership programmes based in either John Lewis or Waitrose. Undergraduate students can also apply for an industrial placement year to gain experience in retail management or specific functions such as buying or supply chain.

Read about a student experience of an assessment centre for a John Lewis merchandising placement.

JWT London

JWT believe their heritage and experience set them apart from other communications agencies because they have been in business for over 140 year and some of their clients have been with them for over 100 years.  They were the first agency to introduce Account Planning 40 years ago.  As a company they are sometimes referred to as “The University of Advertising” because of their internal training programmes, culture of learning and their innovative work force.

Find out about the experiences of a Lancaster student who applied for an Account Manager ‌ position with JWT.

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Kantar World Panel | KPMG

Kantar Worldpanel

Kantar Worldpanel is the world’s leading provider of consumer panels and research solutions into shoppers’ purchase and usage behaviour. 

Kantar Worldpanel has been ranked at number 72 in the The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2014. They are part of the Kantar Group, one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks.

Kantar currently run a number of graduate schemes in locations all around the world. Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for a Kantar Client Services ‌position.

KPMG

KPMG

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Consultancy services to some of the world’s biggest businesses. In the UK alone, KPMG has 22 offices and over 10,000 partners and staff. It has a diverse range of graduate programmes offering various professional qualifications.

Read about the experiences of candidates from Lancaster University who applied for their KPMG Auditor and Technology Consulting graduate schemes.

Students are advised to sign up to KPMG's Smart Network if they are considering a career with KPMG. Depending on the criteria you specify, you will receive alerts to KPMG events such as networking events, employer presentations attendance at Careers Fairs and online chats.

Students are also advised to consider working for KPMG as early as possible in their degree if they want to enhance their chances of securing a place on a graduate scheme. There are 2 week placements at Easter for first years. Penultimate year students who undertake a summer placement will be fast tracked through the graduate training scheme application to interview as they will have undertaken the earlier components of the recruitment process for their placement. 

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Macfarlanes LLP | Marks & Spencer | Matalan | Mazars | Met Office

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes is a leading independent law firm with a distinctive approach offering a stimulating workplace and pathways to rewarding careers.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the ‌Macfarlanes vacation scheme

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer have a range of graduate programmes available as well as vacancies in all areas of the business including in-store, head office, logistics and international.

Read about the interview experiences of a Lancaster Student who applied for the Marks and Spencer Graduate Scheme and the Marks and Spencer Top Tips for achieving a place on a graduate scheme.  

Marks & Spencer also offer a range of 12 month placement opportunities - read about the experience of two students who applied for a Marks and Spencer Buying Placement and a Marks and Spencer Retail Placement.

Matalan

Matalan

Matalan is a leading clothing and homeware retailer with over 200 stores in the UK. Matalan offer graduate roles and undergraduate placements in a range of areas including buying, merchandising, replenishment, design and finance.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for a Matalan buying placement

Met Office

Met Office

Like millions of others, you probably know the Met Office best for the weather that you hear on the news or read on your phone. But did you know that our forecasts reach as far as space? Or that high profile organisations across the world – from governments and the military, to the NHS and utility companies, rely on their expertise to operate safely and efficiently?

The Met Office has a number of graduate schemes and placement opportunities in a range of different sectors.

Read about the experiences of two Lancaster students who applied for the Science and Computational Science Graduate Scheme and the Trainee Forecaster scheme. 

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Nestle | Network Rail | NHS | NonStop Recruitment | Npower

Nestlé

Nestlé

Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company; their products include food and beverages, cereals, confectionary, pet food and waters. They produce well-know brands such as Shredded Wheat, Kit Kats and Nescafé Coffee. They offer graduate programmes in the following areas: sales, marketing, finance, HR, nutrition, supply chain, information technology, manufacturing, quality assurance and engineering.

Nestlé also offer opportunities for undergraduate students including industrial placements and summer internships.

Read about the experience of a student at an assessment day for a nutrition placement at Nestlé .

Network Rail

Network Rail

Network Rail provide the entire infrastructure and transport network that keeps the country moving. Responsible for tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations, they touch millions of lives across Britain every day.

Network Rail has been ranked at number 95 in the 2013 Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list.

Network Rail offer a wider variety of graduate programmes across all areas of their business.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the Project Management Graduate scheme.

NHS

NHS

The NHS offer a broad range of careers. The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) is particularly popular. TARGETjobs provide suggestions on how to answer questions on the NHS STP application form, how applicants are short-listed, what to expect in the interview and tips on how to approach the interview questions you may be asked.

Their Leadership Academy is the graduate entry programme for future NHS Managers.

NonStop Recruitment

NonStop Recruitment

NonStop is one of the largest and fastest growing recruitment companies in Europe, specialising in the Pharma, Medical Devices, Technical, Care, Chemical and Digital industries. They are members of the APSCo group, with representatives on the board of the APSCo Life Sciences group, who ensure they meet the highest quality standards within the recruitment industry. Offices are located in the UK, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and they hold labour leasing licences across Europe.

Trainee opportunities in recruitment have exploded in the past 10 years and NonStop are at the forefront, they are always on the look out for new talent so please take a look through their website and hear from some of our present trainees then, if you think it's right for you, apply online.

Read about the experience of a Lancaster Student who applied to: Non-Stop Recruitment

Npower

Npower

Npower is a leading integrated UK energy company and is part of the RWE Group, one of Europe's leading electricity and gas companies. They serve around 5.4 million customer accounts and produce over 10% of the electricity used in Great Britain.

Under their retail brand, npower, they supply electricity and gas to residential and business customers and provide homes energy services such as boiler and central heating service and repair as well as loft and wall insulation.

Npower currently run a number of graduate schemes.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for the nPower Customer Service Graduate Scheme.

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Plum Ideas | Primark | Prior's Court Foundation | PSA Peugeot Citroën | PwC

Plum Ideas

Plum Ideas

Plum Ideas is a results driven agency based in the West Midlands, specialising in direct and brand communication, offering the full service from planning and strategy development to creative and production. which carries out a range of business to business and business to consumer marketplaces. This includes web design, brand design, marketing, and production of literature.  

Roger Adey gave us an overview of Plum Ideas.

Primark

Primark

Primark has over 250 stores across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Primark offers a retail management programmeand also a management development programme based at one of their head offices. All vacancies are advertised on their jobs page

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for a graduate buying role.

Prior's Court Foundation

Prior's Court Foundation

Prior’s Court Foundation is dedicated to bringing the highest level of expertise to support and improve life chances for people with autism.

At present, Prior’s Court Foundation do not offer a specific graduate scheme but do have vacancies in a variety of different roles.

For further information visit the Prior’s Court Foundation careers website.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for a support worker position.