Graduate Programmes

When SkillsTeam develop an in-house Graduate Programme, they are specifically designed and developed to suit your company’s culture, values and standards. Our Graduate Programmes create and capitalize on increased competition for positions as a Graduate. The programmme is not about ticking boxes, it is about getting Graduates to think outside the box. Graduates develop the skills necessary to excel today, and the skills to shape and lead into the future.


“Learn By Doing” Approach

Our Graduate Programmes are delivered through a selection of learning experiences with a strong focus on active learning.

This “Learn by doing” approach is supported with customised workshops, elearning modules, project work and coaching sessions from industry professionals and mentoring sessions with the lead tutor.


Graduate Programme provides an opportunity for a company to identify potential mentors as an invaluable means to imparting the values while providing the graduate with opportunities to test knowledge in a secure and supported environment.

It also provides an opportunity for mentors to identify a learning opportunity that they may recognise as being part of this valuable learning journey.

Mentoring in this capacity is fast becoming a highly sought after attractive and functional feature for graduate programmes.

Work Experience

An important feature of Graduate Programmes are the hands-on work experience and associated projects. With the support of the lead tutor, mentors in the field will be assisted in the development and running of short projects collaboratively designed to challenge graduates to bring their best to the practicalities of life at the company.


Graduates will have the opportunity to network with other graduates from different companies. This will give the Graduates an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help them in their roles.

It is also a great opportunity to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. A wide network of informed, interconnected contacts means broader access to new and valuable information.

To find out more about Graduate Programmes please contact us.

Graduate Competency Framework

Skills Team Graduate Programmes are built around the Seven Competency Areas which have been identified to support the development of Graduates. 33 learning components are linked to one of the seven competency areas to ensure each competency area is developed appropriately.

Self Awareness

Demonstrates a willingness and ownership of own development and manages their time to ensure they are adding value to their own progression and recognises and overcomes challenges they may be faced with.


  • Resilience & Adaptability
  • Self-Development & Accountability
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Initiative & Getting It Done

Commercial Awareness

Demonstrates knowledge of business values, mission and objectives, with an understanding of the cultural systems within it operates. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with others and can challenge effectively the status quo and present new ways of thinking.

Technical Expertise

Demonstrates the ability to perform all relevant technical practices to the standards required. Identify clearly and participate in resolving problems as encountered and encourage others to do the same.

Supply Chain Awareness

Demonstrates the knowledge of the complete supply chain, the stages, requirements, potential impacts and controls along the chain. Having a customer focused mind-set and actively seeking to improve how work is done and participating in the implementation of improvements.

Auditing Skills

Demonstrates the ability to audit relevant areas against required established standards and validating levels of compliance needed. Create and present to relevant stakeholders appropriate reports with detailed recommendations on actions required.


  • Auditing Processes
  • Report Writing
  • Decision Making
  • Business Auditing

Supervisory Skills

Demonstrates the ability to manage a small team of people to achieve the desired timelines, quality and efficiency levels required. Ensure that work practices are following guidelines provided and confidently resolve any challenges or conflicts that arise within or for the team.

Management Development

Demonstrates the ability to manage a large team of people/relevant area to achieve the desired timelines, quality and efficiency level required. Demonstrate an understanding of the financial cost models across the various activities.


  • Resilience & Adaptability
  • Self-Development & Accountability
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Initiative & Getting It Done

Commercial Awareness

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Customer Service

Technical Expertise

  • Technical Practices
  • Effective Problem Solving
  • Influencing & Motivation
  • Project Management

Supply Chain Awareness

  • Supply Chain
  • Quality Standards, Control & Compliance
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Health & Safety

Auditing Skills

  • Auditing Processes
  • Report Writing
  • Decision Making
  • Business Auditing

Supervisory Skills

  • Managing People & Developing Others
  • Communication Skills
  • Effective Planning & Organising
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Presentation Skills

Management Development

  • Relevant Area Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Delegation
  • Financial Awareness
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Leadership Development

Programme Structure

The Graduate programme is divided into four blocks.

Block 1

Block 1 addresses the fundamentals of compliance training and provides the graduates with an important induction process.

The induction outlines the expectations for success and it creates a goal for the graduates to achieve. A feature of block 1 is the development of personal skills such as time and stress management, cultural awareness and accountability.

To support this process of self-development, the graduates will be instructed on the importance and application of reflection processes.

Reflection is recognised as being fundamental in developing a capacity for strategizing and future scoping by encouraging heightened engagement and awareness in situations.

Block 2

In Block 2, the graduates will develop skills that will contribute to teamwork, collaboration, innovation and creativity and very much inform new approaches to problem solving.

These skills will be matched with training in entrepreneurial mindsets and methodologies, underpinned by the practicality of project management training.

The graduates will possess a cohesive arsenal of tools for generating their own projects or tackling the day to day projects that arise as part of their daily tasks in the workplace. The skills developed in block 2 are repeatedly identified as necessary for workplace success into the 21st Century.

Combined with the learning gained in block 1, the skills gained throughout block 2 will see graduates well prepared to recognise and identify opportunities, take control and introduce creative and innovative solutions.

Block 3

Block 3 advances and develops the learning of the previous two blocks taking our graduates towards leadership and supervisory orientated roles.

This block encourages the graduates to look towards their capacity to influence and motivate those around them, creating buy-in for their projects.

With new skills associated with innovation and entrepreneurship, graduate intrapreneurs will be encouraged to seek new challenges and tackle the status quo by introducing and implementing solutions and strategies for internal customers, process and structures.

Block 4

Block 4 provides the graduates with a deep-dive learning experience related to the business world.

The skills to drive for financial efficacy, process refinement and improved quality standards are central to block 4.

There is an emphasis on how the graduates engage with their company’s customer base and commercial standing of the company. This block will provide graduates with the tools to analyse and assess the conditions as they find them, the result of which when combined with their previous learning from block 1-3. Will allow the graduates to create informed and innovative solutions.

This structure supports the Graduate to successfully reach the desired level of overall capability upon completion of the full programme and requiring Graduates to be self-driven, hardworking and hungry to succeed.


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