Graduate Training Scheme

Posted 1 week ago by Reed Specialist Recruitment

The REED Graduate Training Scheme (GTS) has a record of developing highly successful managers and is unique to our industry as you will have opportunities to work across three separate companies and/or in three different job functions to help develop you in to a well-rounded future leader for the business.

Development Routes for Everyone!

Everyone on the scheme will start in what we call an operational role, in one of our three main companies. Namely:

  • Recruitment Consultant in one of our Reed Specialist Recruitment (RSR) offices: Nationwide locations & On-Track-Earnings (OTE) of around £3-5K in year one
  • Media Sales Executive for the UK's leading online job board ( Central London or Manchester locations and expected first year bonus income of around £6-10K
  • Employment Adviser working on government welfare to work contracts (Reed in Partnership): Nationwide locations (NB no commission/bonuses for this role)

Rotation Opportunities & Progression Routes (Years 2 & 3)

Money-driven and keen to move in to management?

Most manager positions are available in our operational areas of the business (as above). The recruitment industry and REED itself are meritocratic by nature, and so those who perform well (i.e. bring in commercial income above target) and show a desire for management will have opportunities to progress rapidly up our Career Development Framework (CDF) in to roles such as Senior Desk Partners, Team Leaders and Team Managers whilst on the scheme.

You will also have opportunities to be enrolled on additional industry-leading training courses such as our four-day Future Leaders Programme, or even REED’s highly coveted Management Academy.

Want to try a different kind of challenge?

Every big business needs hard-working, commercially minded people behind the scenes too. After a successful first year on our training scheme, if you decide the operational management route isn’t quite the right path for you, then we’ll help find the right role for you in one of our support functions.

Rotation opportunities are available across a range of areas (dependent on business needs at the time), typically including roles such as (not limited to):

IT: Business Analysts, Project Managers

HR: HR Assistants, HR Project Executives

Finance: Finance Assistants, Finance Analysts, Tax Assistants

Marketing: Marketing Executives, CRM Assistants, Product Development Teams

The Graduate Training Scheme and University Placement Year are even managed by scheme members on their 2nd and 3rd year rotation roles.

As a meritocratic organisation it is worth noting that rotation opportunities are available to everyone, regardless of background. Whilst your qualifications and prior experience will of course influence hiring decisions, performance in your first year roles at REED and your ability to influence and impress internal stakeholders could well hold more power. For example we have an HR Assistant with a Criminology degree and a Finance Executive with a Bachelors in Ancient History!

Remuneration & Other Key Benefits

  • All new starters will begin on £23,000 (£27,000 in Central London) with a £1,000 joining bonus.
  • All GTS members will receive a basic salary increase 9 months in to each year on the scheme. By the end of the three years you will be on an average base salary of £30,000.
  • During your 2nd or 3rd year you can receive sponsorship to complete a Professional Qualification of your choice, such as CIPD, CIM, CMI, Prince2, or the Harvard HBX Core Certificate for example.
  • When starting you will be assigned a senior manager / director from the business as your personal mentor throughout your time on the scheme to help guide and develop your progress.
  • Bonus/Commission structures that reward your for your hard work (operational roles in RSR & only). Last year, our highest earning consultant on the Graduate Training Scheme earned a personal income in excess of £80,000 (not bad for someone who graduated three years ago!).
  • Unparalleled on-boarding / training when you start. RSR starters will even be enrolled as Graduate Apprentices and gain an NVQ / similar qualification by the end of their first year.

All new starters begin the scheme with a three-day induction at our dedicated training facility (the Reed Business School) in the Cotswolds where you will meet graduates on the scheme, successful alumni, and a range of directors including our company Chairman James Reed. If you’re really lucky you may even get to meet Sir Alec Reed, who founded the business in 1960 and still stays involved with the business and its charitable causes most days of the week!

What We Want From You

  • A 2.1 Bachelors degree or above (any subject)
  • Geographical flexibility - location preferences will always be accounted for when arranging placements, but most rotation opportunities will be based in London or Northampton where our Head Offices are located
  • Be commercially-minded and show an understanding of the recruitment industry / market throughout the application process
  • Be ambitious, with a desire for continual self-improvement and managerial aspirations
  • Be target-driven, resilient, and possess exceptional communication skills

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