NHS Graduate Management Trainee Scheme – now open!

Are you values-driven, passionate about the UK’s NHS and ready to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges?

Consider applying for the NHS Graduate Management Training System (GMTS), your gateway to senior NHS roles!

What is the scheme?

The GMTS is the National Health Service’s flagship graduate scheme. For more information on the difference between graduate schemes and graduate jobs, check out our recent blog post. 

The scheme is designed to identify and invest in the NHS chief executives and leaders of the future, and will fast-track you to top NHS roles, giving you the potential to make a real difference to life in the UK.

There are 7 different streams in the GMTS and you can only apply to one in each recruitment cycle:

  • Finance Management
  • General Management
  • Health Analysis
  • Health Informatics Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Policy and Strategy Management
  • The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Health Policy Fast Track Scheme

For more information about each stream and where they can lead, visit this page. 

For every stream you can expect diversity, responsibility and challenge, and you’ll be expected to complete placements on multiple teams across a region (link to locations). The scheme will really invest in you as an individual and so you’ll be completing at least one financially-supported professional qualification as you go.

Unsure if this scheme is for you? Check out the GMTS’s “Match Me” tool which can help guide you.


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Who can apply?

This scheme is open to graduates with a 2:2 or higher in any discipline. Check out the entry requirements here as they vary slightly between streams.

If you’re an international student currently staying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa then the GMTS scheme will sponsor your Tier 2 visa application as long as you are applying from inside the UK.


Applications are now open! Start by applying on the website. You’ll have to take online tests, complete an interview and attend an assessment centre.


How King’s can help:

King’s has got exclusive resources available to current students and recent graduates via our Keats pages – we can help you with application advice, psychometric test and interview practice, and a wealth of sector-specific information.