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Graduate scheme

The graduate scheme is a training programme, run by NHS Digital, to develop our workforce to meet the future needs of our business.

Overview of the graduate scheme

The scheme lasts two years and includes accreditation to professional qualifications, alongside on-the-job experience across different placements. 

An important part of NHS Digital's graduate scheme is the ability to move around the organisation, typically on six-month rotations. The training focusses on specific professional knowledge, business, leadership and management skills and the experience needed to prepare you, the trainee, for a future within the organisation. 

All our graduate trainees are invited to complete the Edward Jenner and Mary Seacole leadership and management development programmes with the NHS Leadership Academy.

Professions you can apply for

There are a number of professions you can apply for as part of the graduate scheme

Be part of a team delivering high-quality software that can make a real difference to patients.   You could be working on systems which handle thousands of transactions a second, or on websites which handle millions of visitors a day.   Your software skills will be put to great use, and you'll know that your work helps everyone in the country.

NHS Digital is all about data, and data science means that the NHS can make better decisions.   There is no data science challenge bigger than health, and we need talented data scientists who can use data to transform how health and social care work.   There is no shortage of data, and your challenges are on the biggest scale. 

We need talented graduates to help with product management and digital delivery.   We work in a modern, fast-paced Agile environment, and you'll be part of teams who are delivering projects of all types to help make health and social care better.

We need talented graduates to help with content design, user research and user-centred design.   We work in a modern, fast-paced Agile environment, and you'll be part of teams who are delivering projects of all types to help make health and social care better.

The scheme was a unique opportunity for me to begin a new career in digital which is enriched by my knowledge and experience as a clinician. The programme has a clear structure and unparalleled access to training, support and education. The encouragement from my managers and the Academy to develop myself and to grow as a digital practitioner is so encouraging and inspiring.  I know that I will complete the programme with a skillset and professional experience that will open a world of opportunities to me.

Find out more about our previous trainees

Trainees from across our apprenticeship, graduate and placement schemes share their experiences of working for NHS Digital in their trainee stories.

Professional qualifications

We support our graduates to gain professional qualifications alongside the experience they gain across their placements.  

Some examples of the professional qualifications we offer include:

  • Certified Product Owner
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Certified UX Professional
  • APMG Change Management
  • BCS Business Analysis Practice
  • Prince2
  • SQL
  • AWS 

People are shocked when I tell them that I’m a Cyber Security Apprentice, and I like that. Most of my friends at school went on to study arts subjects, but I realised quickly that if I wanted to impress people, I had to be different.   Cyber security is a complex area and there are days when the sheer scale of the work and the knowledge required to do this job amazes me. I’m working alongside very knowledgeable people – some with over 30 years’ experience.

Find out more about Charlotte's story

Charlotte Roe is a 19-year-old from near Leeds. Read more about how she landed an apprenticeship in NHS Digital's cyber security operation in Smashing the stereotypes - our cyber apprentice.

How to apply

All our roles are advertised on our careers pages. 

Most of our trainee adverts are live in October and November for the following September starts. Some roles are advertised throughout the year.

You can sign up to job alerts to be one of the first to know when our adverts are live.

Further information

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    The Academy at NHS Digital

    The Academy at NHS Digital gives exciting ways to join the forefront of digital health, whilst learning new skills as part of one of our structured schemes.

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    Apprenticeship scheme

    An apprenticeship combines a practical job with study. The standards are designed by industry organisations and end with a qualification, ranging from GSCE to degree level.

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    Summer internships

    Summer internships are an eight week fixed-term paid opportunity. Interns are usually undergraduates or further education students looking for industry experience in their summer vacation.

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    Industry placements

    Industry placements form part of a student's degree course and involve working in a role related to their degree subject for 12 months.

Last edited: 22 November 2019 2:54 pm