Graduate Management Training Scheme

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a fast-track programme that prepares you to work as a senior manager in healthcare.

You could become a future NHS leader who makes a real difference to our population.

You can get skills in specialist areas including general management, human resources, finance, health analysis, policy, strategy and data informatics.

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Entry criteria

You need at least a 2:2 degree in any subject to apply for the Graduate Management Training Scheme. Degree level qualifications are also considered. Entry criteria and details of the application process is available at

Completing the scheme

You will be employed on a fixed-term contract and receive a salary whilst you are on the scheme.

The scheme lasts for two years (two and a half years if you’re specialising in finance). It includes:

  • Intensive foundation training
  • Structured work placements, training alongside experienced clinicians and managers.
  • Specialist management development training including support and careers guidance.

What happens after the scheme

You will get a professional or a postgraduate qualification, depending on the specialism studied.

At the end of the scheme you can apply for management jobs in the NHS. You will get help to find a suitable position after the scheme has ended, but there is no guarantee of getting a job.