Graduate entry scheme

Take the first steps in your career with our entry-level scheme for graduates.

Our two-year scheme is designed to provide you with a broad range of experience in different roles at a regulator.

You will be exposed to policy development in higher education and focus your time on rapidly developing transferable skills.

What you'll learn

We'll introduce you to different aspects of our work as a regulator so that you can build the skills and experience that will assist and support you throughout your career.

We'll give you time to reflect on your performance and development and, where possible, we'll consider your own preferences when allocating placements.

Throughout the scheme you'll be assigned a mentor who will help guide you through your time at the OfS and reflect on the skills that you wish to develop.

What you'll need

You should have, or expect to have, a degree (or equivalent qualification) in any subject by the start of the scheme.

This is an entry level role, so no prior experience is necessary. When you received your degree doesn't impact your application.

You'll care about making a difference to students’ lives and be able to apply analytical rigour and creativity to do so.

You'll be keen to stretch yourself, learn on the job and be able to reflect on your own performance.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed for the graduate entry scheme. We will update this page with details of the next round of recruitment soon.

We particularly welcome applications from people with a disability or impairment, those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay or transgender, those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background, and people who are care experienced or studied as an estranged student as these groups are underrepresented within our workforce.

I’m delighted that I’ve been able to learn from people at all levels of the OfS and get involved in a range of projects. This has given me insights and skills that I wouldn’t have usually been able to gain so early in my career. The mentoring aspect of the scheme has been a great support and good start to building networks.
Aaliyah, graduate trainee
Since joining the OfS, no two days have been the same. I've been encouraged to push myself outside of my comfort zone and given the chance to develop by taking on new responsibilities. Whatever your background or interests, the graduate scheme is a thoroughly rewarding experience.
James, graduate trainee
Published 30 November 2021
Last updated 14 June 2022
14 June 2022
Applications currently closed.

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