If you have questions about the graduate scheme please refer to the frequently asked questions below. If you would still like to speak to someone about the scheme, please contact Lauren Butcher, Graduate Scheme Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do you recruit graduates to functions other than Procurement?
Currently, the Skills Development team are only managing the National NHS Procurement Graduate Training Scheme, however there are various graduate programmes running within the NHS which cover different departments.
- When do you recruit participants for the scheme?
We aim to advertise the scheme to graduates between November and January, ensuring they start in their role by the following September.
- Can the graduate be split between organisations?
Yes, the role can be shared between NHS organisations, however we require one organisation to act as the host, employing the graduate, paying the salary, paying the SDN fee and using their levy to fund the CIPS qualification. Depending on how many organisations are involved, the total cost is then split amongst yourselves.
- Is the Graduate employed by the trust or a central scheme?
The graduate will be employed by the Trust/NHS organisation. Once the graduate has been selected, SDN will provide the HR team with the necessary paperwork to employ and on board the graduate. The employing organisation will be required to provide the graduate with a contract and set them up on payroll, all requirements which are needed when employing a new member of staff.
- Are graduates definitely coming into the scheme on a band 4?
This scheme advertises the role at band 4. Currently, it is felt that there are not enough roles at a higher band within procurement for the graduates to develop into. This may change over future years depending on how the NHS landscape evolves.
- Who is responsible for identifying the mentor for the graduate?
The Trust/Organisation is responsible for sourcing a work place mentor to work with the graduate. The Skills Development team will liaise with the graduate, mentor and organisation to ensure processes are in place and all parties are happy.
- What is the recruitment process which the graduates go through?
Applicants will complete the following stages:
Stage 1. Complete the following:
Eligibility to work in the UK
Monitoring & Safeguarding
Complete reasoning tests
Complete application questions
Upload CV & Degree certificate (if possible)
Stage 2. Microsoft Teams Interview
Stage 3. Assessment Centre
Stage 4. Details of successful candidate are passed onto NHS Organisations HR department for on boarding
- Will there be a minimum level of qualification to apply for the post, and does the qualification need to be applicable to the type of work?
Graduates are required to have a second class degree as a minimum, however this can be in any area, we do not require them to have procurement knowledge.
- How are graduates signposted to the opportunity?
The roles will be advertised via Target Jobs, Pathways 2 NHS Procurement website and various social media platforms.
Candidates apply online via the Pathways 2 NHS Procurement website.
- Through the application process, does the candidate nominate a particular region which they would like to work within?
We advertise each role separately which allows the graduate to select which role(s) they are interested in.
- How long are they studying for, and what level of qualification will they achieve?
The CIPS programme will last for the duration of the 2-year scheme. Training will usually commence in the 3rd month of the placement and will last up to 21 months. Graduates will complete the Level 4 diploma.
- Who organises the training? Is this via the Trust HR team?
SDN will secure the CIPS provider and will be the main point of contact. Managers will be required to attend a Teams meeting to understand the programme and commitment from the graduate. The Apprenticeship Levy Lead will be contacted by the CIPS provider to arrange payment via the levy.
- Are the Graduates guaranteed / or would we need to guarantee a job at the end of their Training?
We do not guarantee a position on completion of the 2-years. We hope that there will be a role available within your organisation or another NHS organisation, however we do mention that this is not guaranteed and they would most likely need to apply for any role which may be available. SDN can assist with this process.
If you are in a position to be able to guarantee a job at the end of the 2 years then include this in your role description as it will enhance the appeal of your role.
- What happens if things don’t work out and the graduate leaves the scheme?
Depending on the circumstances they may be required to reimburse a percentage of the admin fee for your role, and we will do our best to find you another graduate to take their place.