From embracing a youth strategy to the establishment of the Digital Stars network, Post Office has shown a commitment to supporting young people and bringing a fresh perspective to our business. This is why now is such an exciting time to welcome our 5th cohort of graduates to the business on Monday.
As many of you know, the Post Office Graduate Management Programme comprises of three 6-month placements across our Retail, Financial Services & Telecoms, and support Head Office functions. The objective of the programme is to give the graduates a true flavour of where the business is going and how we plan on getting there. The scheme also allows graduates to complete a project management apprenticeship, at the end of which they gain a recognised qualification. This year we decided to shake things up, and for the first time we have four IT and six general management graduates. The Legal, Risk and Governance team will also be welcoming an intern on a placement year.
The graduates will spend their first month in an induction programme, so that they can get acquainted with everything Post Office. From visiting branches to cash centres, the induction will ensure that the graduates have a true understanding of the sheer scale of what we do. The induction will also give the new graduates the opportunity to meet and hear from a number of senior leaders from around the business, giving them the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the business before starting their first placement.
Two of our current graduates told us why they love the scheme. Danielle Pearce (DMB Programme) said: “The scheme has been an amazing opportunity to learn more about the commercial sector. Post Office has given me a range of experience in different teams and ensured that the graduates have the opportunity for career development, for example through our project management apprenticeship.”
Paul McConnell (Post Office Insurance) told us: “I’m so grateful for the breadth of experience this programme has offered me, and for the responsibility that my teams have entrusted me with. I couldn’t be more excited about the final placement to come, and whatever comes next.”
If you would like more information regarding the graduate programme or are interested in bidding for a graduate to join your business area, please contact Kelly Godden (Head of Talent). Unfortunately, the bidding process has now closed for the next round of placements, but applications will be opening in a few months’ time for placements commencing in April 2019. In the meantime, please keep an eye out for the graduate intake starting Monday 10 September. Let the induction begin!
Keep an eye out for updates from our new graduates over the next few weeks as they embark on their induction in the business.