Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a multi award winning scheme that introduces you to health service management.

As an NHS GMTS trainee you'll benefit from mentoring, support and first-class training from some of the most brilliant minds in and outside the NHS. You’ll experience some truly life defining moments and be able to influence decisions that improve the lives of millions of people. And, after two years (or two and a half if you choose Finance), you'll be ready to take your career further than you thought possible as you apply for senior NHS roles.

If you share the commitment to providing a world-class healthcare service and have the determination and drive to meet challenges head-on, you will find success with the NHS.

The NHS graduate scheme is run nationally, and you will need to apply through the national website.

Hannah, Surgery and Critical Care - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

When I began the application process, knowing that upwards of 17,000 people had expressed an interest in the scheme for circa 200 places, made me somewhat apprehensive of my chances of being successful, however I had a keen interest in the NHS and had always wanted to play my part in making a difference to patients, so thought I would give it a go!

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Will, Planning and Contracts Manager - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

The scheme is a great experience and is potentially a springboard to a great start to a healthcare leadership journey, but it equally isn't for everyone. The scheme is a fast-track scheme, so expectations are high, and trainees are expected to take on responsibility and be resilient to set backs. 

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Charlotte, HR - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

I first became aware that the NHS had a graduate scheme whilst looking at ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ list in my final year of university. The scheme sounded really interesting, and I particularly liked the fact trainees are given the opportunity to do a range of placements and also get to have their input into the scheme.

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Tom, General Management - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

The experiences I had in my orientation helped me understand the healthcare system I was beginning to work in and allowed me to form connections which went on to help me during my placements.

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Lauren, Resourcing Advisor - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

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.

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Julia, Project Management - NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme Trainee

I first became aware of the graduate scheme when searching for open positions on the NHS' website. The program seemed like a fantastic opportunity for someone like me with a serious interest in healthcare but no practical experience in the industry. 

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Within Hertfordshire and west Essex we have developed an integrated induction programme that will give you the unique opportunity to understand the services provided by each of the health and social care organisations and their role within the wider health and social care system.

Below is an example of the type of areas that may make up part of your induction.

  • Systems leadership overview

  • Mental health and learning disability services

  • Acute hospital services

  • Social care - care homes

  • Commissioning health services

  • Social Care - adult care services

  • Ambulance service

  • Primary care

  • Community Care

How to apply

Using the Match-me tool allows you to see if this Scheme is right for you before you apply, you can also see if you meet the entry requirements. You will also be able to chat to trainees that are already on the scheme.

If you would like to find out more information and how to apply visit the NHS GMTS scheme website.

Local County Council Graduate Management Training Schemes

Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils also offer Graduate schemes, and you can find out more about their schemes by heading to their websites:

Hertfordshire County Council

Essex County Council


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