Or is public sector management more your thing?

Then you’ll probably know already that the NHS Management Training scheme is now open.

See my previous post for a ppt that lists many other possible public sector schemes.

They say:

Applications are now open for the highly-rated NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Choose from four specialist routes, depending on your career interests: finance, health informatics, human resources and general management. Whichever route you choose, you’ll benefit from excellent career prospects, and thorough preparation for a successful career in the NHS – one of the largest employers in Europe.

Throughout the scheme you’ll undertake practical placements that develop your skills and experience, alongside study for professional qualifications in your chosen field. At the end of the scheme (which lasts for two and a half years if you’re on the finance route or two years for all other routes) you’ll have built a network of valuable contacts and a full CV that demonstrates your employability.

But it isn’t just the job prospects that make the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme so popular. The scheme has fantastic retention rates as benchmarked by the Association of Graduate Recruiters and you can find our trainees throughout the NHS in senior roles, including our current Chief Executive.

You can see why for yourself on our Facebook page with real career timelines and by asking questions to our current and past trainees.’

Come and have a chat with me about your application and the psychometric testing you’ll have to go through.

New NHS STP programme – bioinformatic genomics

The NHS Leadership Academy (which administers applications for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme and STP) has very recently stated the following through its Facebook page and through Twitter:


Exciting news – Bioinformatic Genomics vacancies added to STP 2013 Intake


No firm details yet but we will shortly be recruiting an intake for Bioinformatic Genomics to start in September 2013.  


As soon as we have firm details we will publish but there will be roles across England plus 1 in Cardiff.


Candidates who unsuccessfully applied for the current STP intake can still apply for this new specialism. The recruitment process will be the same as the process for the current STP intake. We hope to advertise early May and will close around the end of May. Interviews will take place in June in Birmingham City Football Club.


Bioinformatics lies at the intersection of informatics and science. Candidates can apply with a range of relevant degrees (e.g. biological, biomedical, natural sciences, computing/informatics, computer science, mathematics, etc). The strongest candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of both science and informatics.


In this specialism it is important for candidates to realise that they will be rotating through clinical settings in their training and it is likely that many graduates will spend time in employment in clinical settings in the NHS.


You can read more information about the specialism here  http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/healthcare-science/careers-in-healthcare-science/careers-in-life-sciences/genetics/bioinformatic-genomics/


Please do not post any questions yet about applying for this scheme as we do not have any further information BUT we promise to share it with you ASAP

You may want to share this with colleagues as once finalised, the application window will be quite small. Note that one post will be in Wales, the rest in England.

NHS Careers recommends that colleagues follow/advise potential applicants to follow the Grad Scheme on Facebook and #nhsstp on Twitter. NHS Careers and Alan Simmons (Careers Specialist at NHS Careers)  will also endeavour to tweet about the application cycle once it opens.

NHS Scientist Training Programme: applications are live

**The deadline for this post is passed, but this may help you identify employers, job titles or skills you need to research your next posting**

Info from another careers adviser:

‘I have just ascertained that the STP (Scientist Training Programme in the NHS) vacancies have just gone live and can be accessed via www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/hcstp  and the vacancies will also be advertised in the New Scientist tomorrow.  The above link will be mentioned in the New Scientist advertisement. Applicants must look at the link which will take readers to the Scientist Training Programme pages on NHS Careers for further information including the updated FAQs, which are excellent and include one about completing the application form. The link includes details of the posts available and a generic job description and person specification. Applicants should tailor their application to their area of interest. These pages also contain a link to the application website. Again, the application should only be begun once applicants have read the material on the NHS Careers link as above.

I am pleased to say that there will be significant increase in the number of vacancies available. The closing date is 10am on 1 Feb 2013.

The graduate management scheme on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/nhsgraduatescheme/events lists the open days at trusts, which ideally, students should visit before making an application. These are taking place NOW. For example on Monday in Newcastle, on Wednesday in Bristol.

I understand the selection process will not have changed much from previous intakes.’

Please do let us help you with any applications!