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Graduate Training Programmes

Graduate training programmes are structured training schemes for graduates usually run by large companies.

Graduate schemes and graduate training programmes are offered by many large companies and usually last between one and two years.

Grad schemes differ from 'graduate jobs' because they have structured training similar to an internship, this often involves work in a number of different departments. Graduate jobs tend to just be jobs that are aimed at recent graduates, and won't always involve training.

Airbus Defence and Space

Scheme: Airbus Defence and Space UK Graduate Programme Application Period: Positions released from October to December Location: UK Usually Portsmouth/ Stevenage Subjects: Engineering; Physics; Maths 



Scheme: Technical Graduate Programme or Technical Consulting Graduate Programme Application Period: As advertised Location: UK (Space and Defence unit based in Leatherhead) Subjects: Computer science or IT/STEM based subjects that required the use of complex programming 



Scheme: Graduate Development Programme Application Period: Positions released October Location: [email protected] Sailsbury; Fareham; Sevenoaks; Gosport; Harwell Subjects: Primarily STEM subjects 


European Space Agency (ESA)

Scheme: Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) (1 year contract) Application Period: Positions released mid-November Location: Europe-Wide Subjects: Engineering; Physics; Biology; Medicine; Business; Law 


HE Space

Scheme: Various Positions Application Period: As advertised Location: Europe-Wide: Harwell; Noordwijk; Bremen; Munich; Darmstadt; Houston Subjects: Engineering; Science; Management; Finance; Administration; IT 



Scheme: Various Graduate Opportunities Application Period: Early Autumn onwards Location: UK- Various Subjects: Science; Maths; Engineering; Technology; Business 


RAL Space

Scheme: Graduate Training Schemes / Graduate Internships. Other STFC positions available Location: UK – Oxfordshire Subjects: Mechanical; Thermal; Electrical Engineering; STEM subjects 


Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Scheme: SSTL Graduate Development Programme Application Period: Applications open late Autumn / Winter Location: UK Surrey  Subjects: Astronautics; Space Systems Engineering; Physics with Space Science; Electronic Engineering; Software Engineering; Mechanical Engineering 


Telespazio VEGA

Scheme: Various Positions Application Period: As advertised Location: Europe-Wide Subjects: Primarily STEM subjects 


Thales UK

Scheme: Engineering Graduate Development Program & Business Management and Finance Graduate Development Programmes Application Period: Recruits on a rolling basis  Location: UK- Various Subjects: Maths; Physics; Engineering; Computer Science; Business; Finance; Economics; Accounting 


Reaction Engines

Scheme: Graduate Program Application Period: Applications opens around October Location: Abingdon, UK Subjects: Science; Maths; Physics; Engineering; Computer Science



Portia Bowman

Portia works at Thales Alenia Space UK is a graduate of the University of Leicester (Space Exploration Systems MSc (SEEDS) and Physics with Astrophysics BSc).

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