GMTS trainee Lauren tells us why she applied for the Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

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I'm asked why I applied with the NHS, and the answer is as Europe’s largest employer I knew that working within HR at an NHS trust would provide unique and invaluable learning opportunities. I didn’t want to apply for jobs where I thought that every day would be the same, I wanted to challenge myself and the reputation of the scheme, ranking 3rd (in the year that I applied) on the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers helped me decide.

I had read blog posts based on the experiences of current and previous trainees on the GMTS and they made the scheme sound really interesting. I liked that the scheme invests in its trainees and provides them with additional educational opportunities.

Take advantage of every opportunity! During my time at the Trust, I have had the opportunity to see so many interesting and exciting things that I never thought I would have the opportunity to see. People have taken time out of their busy working day to discuss what their job role involves and why they love what they do. This scheme provides excellent learning opportunities and networking potential, take advantage of these too!

My 6-week orientation was an incredible experience and one that I will never forget. I have been able to learn more about and shadow in departments that I never thought that I would have access to. I visited the laboratory, radiology, A&E, and theatres.

My tips for applicants would just be yourself, answer questions honestly, know the NHS values and ensure that they align with your own values as these values really are central to this scheme. Believe in yourself.

The scheme is extremely competitive, but don’t let that put you off from applying! you don’t have to be the finished article. The purpose of this scheme is to shape and develop future leaders of the NHS, but don’t be intimidated by this, you will receive lots of help and support along the way.