Technology Graduate Schemes [Ultimate Guide]

Oct 20, 2019

Are you hoping to secure a place on a competitive technology graduate scheme? 

This ultimate guide to tech grad schemes will help you to make informed decisions and boost your chances of making a successful application. 

We’ll cover everything you need to know from what companies offer technology graduate schemes, to what you can do to stand out for the right reasons. 

What is a technology graduate scheme?  

A technology graduate scheme is a structured training program for graduates that will involve learning about and working on technology-related projects. 

Technology is a broad term so the roles you could do within a technology graduate scheme varies. 

Generally, graduates will be hired to help with projects related to digital transformation or creating technical solutions. 

Graduate schemes typically last 1-3 years although some last longer. 

Check out our post called “what is a graduate scheme” for more information.

Entry requirements for tech graduate schemes 

The entry requirements for technology graduate schemes will vary amongst companies. 

Some will require graduates to have studied a specific degree related to science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). 

Whilst others will welcome applications from a wide range of degree subjects. 

Generally, graduate recruiters for tech graduate schemes will ask for a 2:1 classification. However, some will have 2:2 as their minimum academic requirement. 

Which companies offer Technology graduate schemes 

Graduate recruiters across several industries take on graduates every year to join their technology teams. 

Some examples include: 

PwC: They take on associates in their technology consulting division to help organisations to develop strategies to transform their technology capabilities and solve critical problems. 

EY:   At EY, graduates can choose from the following divisions: 

  • Cybersecurity 
  • IT Risk and Assurance 
  • FTDS
  • Transactions 

JP Morgan: JP Morgan has a 12-month software engineering program. 

Deloitte: There is a wide range of technology grad schemes on offer at Deloitte, for example, technology consulting, Risk analytics, Robotics and analytics and software development. 

Sky: The technology graduate scheme at Sky is rotational giving grads the opportunity to gain a varied experience. Watch the video below to find out more about Sky’s technology graduate scheme.

Career progression from tech grad schemes  

Successfully completing a technology graduate scheme will set you up for a great career in or related to tech. 

As graduate schemes have structured training, you’ll gain a wealth of skills and experiences that are highly transferable for other roles. 

After your graduate scheme has finished, you may be offered a full-time permanent position within the company or you may decide to move to another company.  

Starting salaries for graduates on technology graduate schemes 

On average, starting salaries for graduates on technology graduate schemes range from £22,000 to £30,000. 

This will vary depending on the company and the industry. 

Whilst starting salary is likely to be a key factor when applying for graduate schemes, it is important to take into consideration several other factors. Doing so will help you to secure the right role for you. 

What to do if you don’t get a place on a tech grad scheme 

Technology grad schemes are highly competitive. Therefore, if you don’t get a place the first time around, you could always apply again the following year. 

If you have been unsuccessful in getting a technology grad scheme, you’ll have a year to improve your application. We can help to boost your chances the second time around. 

Alternatively, there are training schemes that have been designed to train graduates and teach them the tech skills they need to get a tech-related role. 

An example of a program like this is QA’s Graduate Academy. They offer a 12-week training programme where you have the opportunity to develop and learn tech skills. Upon successful completion of the training, you’ll do a work placement to further develop your tech skills. 

You’ll get training in one of the following specialisms: 

  • DevOps 
  • Big Data
  • App and Web Development 
  • Cloud computing 
  • Cyber Security 
  • Enterprise middleware 

Tips for graduates with a non-tech background 

A background in technology, coding or maths isn’t essential. Many firms like to take on graduates from a diverse range of degree subjects. 

This is because people from different backgrounds bring diverse perspectives and solve problems in different ways. 

If you do not have a technology background, it is vital that you can 

  • Demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in technology.
  • Show that you have the technical ability required.
  • Explain how you would use logic and creativity to solve complex problems. 
  • Keep up to date with technological advances. 
  • Demonstrate how you can add value with your non-tech degree 
  • Graduate employers will look for key skills such as communication, teamwork, organisation ability to use your initiative and more so make sure that you are able to demonstrate these skills. 

There are some tech grad schemes that have been designed for graduates who don’t want to create technical solutions or gain a technological skillset but who want to work with tech. 

For example, at Capgemini, there are graduate roles in technology consulting which are ideal for candidates who are tech enthusiasts who want to work with technology but not build it. 

General technical graduate scheme application tips 

It’s great that you know that you would like to pursue a technology career!

You’re probably wondering what you can do to boost your chances of making a successful application and getting an offer. 

Here are some tips for your tech grad scheme application: 

  • Practice psychometric tests online. Almost all technology graduate schemes will ask applicants to take a series of psychometric tests in the initial stages of the application process.

    If you do not pass these psychometric tests, you’ll be immediately screened out of the process.

    To ensure that you do not fall at the first hurdle, make sure that you practice psychometric tests online under timed conditions.

  • Understand the culture of the company. Regardless of the role, you are applying for, in the early stages, the graduate recruiters will want to know if you would make a good fit for the company culture.

    They may assess this early on in the application process by asking you to complete a situational judgement test. Before you complete the situational judgement test, be sure to read the companies mission, values and employee attributes.

    Again, if you do not pass the situational judgement test, you may be screened out before you get the chance to demonstrate your technical ability.
     
  • Get some interview training.  As a part of the application process, you’ll probably be asked to complete a video interview and/ or a face-to-face interview. If you really want to perform highly in these interviews, consider getting a graduate coach for some interview training

Women in technology

Are you a female looking to pursue a career in tech?

Whilst technology is a rapidly growing industry it is often not the first choice career for female graduates. 

Here are some top women in tech tips: 

  • Find out as much as you can about the industry
  • Attend Women in technology networking events
  • Demonstrate a genuine passion for technology
  • Gain work experience 

We hope that this guide helps you to secure your dream graduate programme in a tech role. 

Check out our post on when to apply for graduate schemes.

If you would like any support with your technology graduate scheme applications, do not hesitate to get in touch with us!  We’ll help you to turn your degree into a graduate job!

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