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Benefits of the Programme

Discover the opportunities and benefits of joining the NTU Graduate Development Programme.

Personal development

On top of an exciting job role and a competitive salary, you’ll have access to a range of opportunities to develop as a professional. The development programme enables graduates to gain the invaluable work experience and key skills needed to progress on any career path.

Gain key workplace skills

Our Graduate Development Programme has been designed to help you discover and fulfil your career potential. From monthly workshops and the mentoring programme to the support of line mangers and colleagues working alongside you, everything is geared towards developing you as a professional of the future.

The monthly workshops are designed to help you develop skills in various professional areas, including:

  • workplace manners
  • being confident
  • healthy conflict
  • working with others
  • presenting yourself as a brand
  • positive working mindset
  • and much more.

We took part in monthly workshops that were taken by various professionals within the University and these were honestly so eye-opening. The first one I went to was all about how different people’s backgrounds give them a different perspective on life […] I didn’t expect to, but I used this skill and tons of others from the workshops every single day in my work, and it made everything way easier.

Mike Wilkerson, Graduate Video Assistant

Explore a new career path

Whether you choose a position relevant to your degree or want to try something completely different, you will be supported in your professional growth and encouraged to step out of your comfort zone.

Your role will have a line manager, who is trained and committed to helping you develop and get the most out of the programme. They will be your main point of reference in your day job and will be a vital part of your growth over the 13-month programme.

Find out more about all the roles available on our jobs page.

Be inspired by your industry mentor

NTU has alumni all over the globe, employed in a vast range of exciting and innovative professions. In partnership with the NTU Business School, selected alumni have volunteered their time to mentor graduates on the Programme.

While not mandatory, this is an excellent opportunity to learn directly from professionals outside the University, benefitting from their experience and seniority within their field. As well as giving you support on the programme, your mentor can help you to:

  • define your career goals
  • gain insight into your chosen profession
  • build up a valuable network of contacts
  • develop interview and CV skills.

Working at NTU

You’ve lived in Nottingham as a student – now it’s time to experience it as a professional.

Find out what makes NTU a great place to work and join a community of over 4,000 staff, all committed to our goal of becoming the University of the Future.

Explore the possibilities

The GDP provides the perfect environment for personal growth while having an impact on people’s lives, being part of real change, and innovating and delivering service excellence.

We are dedicated to giving you the opportunities to develop and explore what you’re capable of. If your ideas are big and bold and have the potential to make an impact, then we’ll back you all the way. We empower great ideas and we want you to work with us to make them happen.

It was always going to be nerve-wracking coming into a new job, but being in an environment like this where there are others in the same boat made it so much easier. Straight away we were finding similarities that have since laid the foundation for the community of friends that we have now. Now I have a support network at the university that I never imagined I would have.

Alistair Taylor, Graduate Project Coordinator (HR)

Join a community of graduates

NTU has cultivated a community like no other, making it a supportive, challenging and engaging place to work.

The Graduate Development Programme is no different: it's filled with like-minded individuals who are looking to take their first step on the career ladder.

The sense of community and the friendships born from it are often described as one of the best things about the programme.

Help shape the future of NTU

Alongside the workshops, you will work in a team and participate in a University challenge. These challenges are based on real-world problems that NTU is currently facing and are sponsored by senior leaders at the University.

As graduates on this programme, you will take full ownership of a project by collaborating, conducting research, meeting with stakeholders across the University, and devising your own solution to the question. In a previous year, graduates were challenged to find ways to improve mental health support on campus, and worked alongside Student Services to create a a public app for all NTU students.

This challenge is an exciting opportunity to work in a team and generate new ideas, push you out of your comfort zone, and lead on an initiative that will have a direct impact on the University and its students – an impressive addition to your CV.

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A platform for change

We are a highly inclusive and collaborative organisation, seeking diversity of people and diversity in thinking. We want people to fully and actively contribute and collaborate across the whole organisation.

Our four colleague networks - Women’s Network, Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) Network, LGBT+ Network, and Disabled Employees Network (DEN) - provide an empowered network of voices that make a significant contribution to our work and culture.

Staff benefits

Working at NTU and within the Higher Education sector provides lots of unique staff benefits, including:

  • Discounts: staff can apply for a TOTUM (formerly NUS) card. This means you continue using all the student discounts you've grown accustomed to.
  • Holidays: graduates are entitled to 23 days of paid holiday, on top of any additional University closure days and statutory bank holidays.
  • Flexible working: NTU is committed to supporting colleague work-life balance and offers a range of practices to help balance work responsibilities with personal interests and needs.
  • Pension: graduates on the GDP can apply for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which is open to all Professional Services and Support staff members.
  • Professional training: we are dedicated to enhancing professional practice and offering development opportunities to ensure all staff have what they need to perform well.
  • Health and wellbeing: NTU prioritises the health and wellbeing of colleagues. We have on-hand Occupational Health Advisors, as well as free and confidential services including health surveillance programmes, counselling, physiotherapy, and a variety of health screening activities.
  • Sports facilities: our gym membership, sports facilities, and activities at both City and Clifton Campuses are available to colleagues and their families.

See a full list of staff benefits on our jobs site.

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A Disability Confident employer

NTU is a Disability Confident employer, meaning we:

  • challenge attitudes towards disability
  • increase understanding of disability
  • remove barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance.

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