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 | Accenture | Aldi | Amadeus | Apple | Arcadia | Asda | ASOS | Aston Martin | Atkins Global | Atos | AXA


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.



Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. 

Read about a student's experience when applying for a graduate job with Accenture. 


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.



Amadeus is a major Spanish IT provider for the global travel and tourism industry. 

Read about a student's experience applying for a placement with the company. 


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 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 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 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.

Atkins Global

Atkins Global

Atkins is a British multinational engineering, design, planning, architectural design, project management and consulting services company headquartered in London. Atkins offers internships, placements, and graduate roles. 

The Graduate Development Programme is a three-year framework, designed to help graduates develop the skills and knowledge they need to progress their early careers and achieve professional registration. The programme encompasses: a series of signature events and other core training modules; professional development; mentoring; and on-the-job experience. 

Read about a student's experience applying for the Atkins graduate scheme. 

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin is a British manufacturer of sports cars. They offer graduate, internship and apprentice schemes in a range of disciplines. 

Read about a student's experience when applying for an internship at Aston Martin. 


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.

AXA Insurance

AXA Insurance

AXA is one of the biggest insurance companies in the world, founded 203 years ago. They offer a range of roles in and outside of insurance. 

Read about a student's experience applying for an internship at AXA.  


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 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


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 logo

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 fulfil your potential.

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


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.



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 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


Carcanet Press | Center Parks | Chalk Global | Change 100 | Chase Pharmaceuticals | Civil Service Fast Stream | The Co-operative Group | Copperman Consulting

Carcanet Press

Carcanet Press

Carcanet Press is a publishing house with a special emphasis on poetry from around the world. Click here to read about a student applying for an internship with them in Manchester. 

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.

Chalk Global

Chalk Global

Chalk Global is the largest global independent digital agency that plans, buys and sells all forms of digital media transparently and agnostically. Read about a study applying for a graduate job there.

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.


DE&S | Debenhams | Disney | Dyson


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 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.


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 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.


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


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.


FDM | Fenwick | Fujitsu


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 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 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.


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 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.


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 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 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.


IBM | Intertek


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.


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.


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 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. 


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 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. 


Nestle | Network Rail | NHS | NonStop Recruitment | Npower



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.



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 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.


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 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.

PSA Peugeot Citroën

PSA Peugeot Citroën

PSA Peugeot Citroën offers exciting opportunities for graduates within various business functions including commercial management, human resources, finance, information technology and logistics. They also offer year long industrial placements.

Read about a student experience at an assessment day for PSA Peugeot Citroën's Commercial graduate scheme.




PwC are a network of firms in 157 countries employing over 184,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.

They offer career opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and experienced professionals.

PwC's Employability Brochure gives a good insight into how you can spend your time at university to develop the skills that employers seek.

Psychometric e-Learn supports students to prepare for this element of the recruitment process.

Interview e-Learn shows how to prepare and perform at your best within an interview.

Find out what PwC are telling universities about their opportunities in this PwC insight report.


RBS | Rolls Royce | Royal Mail



RBS is an international financial services organisation operating in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Asia. RBS offer a variety of graduate programmes. There are five core areas to choose from: Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial & Private Banking, Personal & Business Banking, Services, and Support & Control Functions. 

RBS also offer a range of internship opportunities including summer and winter internships and Spring week.

Read about the experience of a student who attended an assessment day for the RBS' HR graduate scheme.

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce is one of the most recognised brands in the world, providing integrated power solutions for customers in the aerospace, marine and energy markets. They are the world’s second largest provider of defence aero-engine products and a world leader in power for the offshore and onshore gas industry.

They have a range of opportunities for students and graduates

Read about the experience of candidates from Lancaster University who applied for Component and System Design Internship and ‌the Graduate Leadership Programme (purchasing) and the report from a recent Rolls Royce Visit by one of our Careers Consultants.

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail has been in operation for five centuries and is a household name. They are currently undertaking one of the biggest industrial transformations in the UK in recent history. Royal Mail offers several challenging graduate programmes: Operations, Central Operations, Commercial, Finance, HR and Technology. 

Read about a student's experience of an assessment centre for Royal Mail's finance programme





Santander is one of the largest and most successful financial groups in the world.

They offer a range of opportunities for students and graduates .

Read about the experience of a student from Lancaster University who successfully gained a place on Santander's HR internship programme and subsequently on their HR graduate programme.


TeachFirst | TK Maxx | Twistplay



Teach First is all about becoming a leader and achieving success – both for yourself and for others. It’s an intensive two programme. Beginning with the Summer Institute, the Leadership Development Programme combines working, qualifying and training as a teacher with leadership development training, coaching and mentoring, and a range of networking and internship opportunities. Through completion of your PGCE, you will also gain credits which you can put towards a Masters qualification. Upon completion of the programme, you will then graduate to become a Teach First Ambassador.

Find out more about Teach First opportunities

Read about the experiences of Lancaster graduates applying for the Teach First positions.

TK Maxx

TK Maxx

TK Maxx is part of The TJX Companies, Inc. – one of the world’s leading Off-Price apparel and home fashions retailer with an annual turnover of nearly $26 billion. 

TJX Europe have graduate programmes in the areas of Merchandising and Buying, Business Technology, Finance, Logistics and Distribution.

Read the extensive information on these graduate schemes as well as advice on the applications process.

Candidates from Lancaster University who applied for the graduate scheme have told us about their application experiences. You can also read more detailed feedback on what exercises were used at an assessment day for a graduate merchandiser role.



Twistplay are a UK based developer of video games for Smartphones, Tablets, PC and other touch enabled devices.

Visit their jobs page for information about their current vacancies.

Read about the experience of a candidate from Lancaster University who applied for a Game Developer position with Twistplay.





Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods. They have many popular products and brands including: Persil, Dove, Marmite, Cornetto, Pot Noodle, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry's and Radox. The Unilever Future Leaders Programme  will give you all the training and experience required to be a manager in two to three years. You'll be hired into a particular business area and will develop leadership skills by getting real responsibility from day one. Your options of business areas are: Customer Management (Sales), Supply Chain Management, Business & Technology Management, Research and Development, Financial Management, HR Management and Marketing. 

Unilever also offer international programmes in China, Africa and Russia which are available to graduates from these international markets who have studied in the UK.

Undergraduate students can apply for a variety of placement opportunities including industrial placements and summer internships.

Read about the experience of a student who applied for an HR industrial placement.