Many food and drink manufacturers, retailers, ingredient companies and food science / research and development organisations offer graduate training programmes. These programmes offer the opportunity to work in a wide range of fields including product development, food science and engineering, technical innovation, nutrition, commercial, consumer marketing, HR, finance to sustainability and supply chain management.
In this section we look at some of the benefits of being part of a graduate trainee scheme.
A competitive starting salary
Large organisations use graduate schemes to recruit for the longer term and develop the best talent to develop for future leadership roles. Often, there is a relatively small pool of candidates to choose from, so competitive salaries are increasingly on offer for the right applicants.
Structured experience, enabling career progression
Typically, graduate schemes offer candidates the opportunity to work within different business areas during the period of the trainee programme. This enables you to experience different business units, team working, management styles and to give a sense of what role, function and department might suit you best. It is an effective way of finding out what type of role you find most fulfilling.
Learning and development
Food and drink businesses that offer graduate schemes are investing directly in your professional and personal development and tend to offer highly structured modules, enhancing your learning and development within a specific timeframe. Whether you remain with the business at the end of the scheme or not, you will have gained highly valuable experience.
By giving you opportunities, connections, and access unavailable to other graduates, you are able to build an impressive CV and demonstrate commitment to learning and development and building your career.
Graduate schemes also offer a form of mentorship, peer-to-peer networking, training on the job and an opportunity to build a solid professional network with like-minded colleagues.
Working for a larger business often comes with benefits. You might be able to travel internationally, have access to private healthcare and additional financial services in return for your commitment to the graduate trainee programme. Other benefits may also include a performance-related bonus and subsidised food and travel. Always check the benefits on offer when applying.
Longer term opportunities
It is not uncommon for graduate trainees to remain with their employer for a number of years after completing a graduate scheme and build a strong career path built on solid foundations formed during the graduate trainee programme.