The BCI Graduate Training Programme

Deadline: Thursday 16th July 2015, 5pm

The BCI is offering an exciting graduate training programme to bridge the critical skills gap between graduation and employment.

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The Programme

This 11 month programme offers an invaluable opportunity to prepare a hard-working and enthusiastic graduate for a management role. It will include a planned rotation of projects, structured to expose the trainee to a variety of roles and business functions. 

This will be complemented by training and mentoring throughout from senior members of staff. 

What You Will Gain

You will gain experience in key areas of the BCI's Director’s Office and build an understanding of what we do, our strategy as well as our internal and external environment.

We have two positions available: 

Position 1: Focuses on Finance and General Management

Position 2: Focuses on Teaching Management and Fundraising Project Management

*This is an office based programme and will not involve any lab based work.

On completion of the programme, you‘ll have gained the transferable skills and experience necessary to make you more competitive in the employment market.

Although you will not receive guaranteed employment at the BCI following the programme, outstanding performance on the programme may facilitate a longer term opportunity within the Institute or College.

Additional Training Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to register for courses run by the College’s Learning Institute, to supplement your on-the-job training.



Graduate Trainee - Director's Office

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£25,727 per annum, pro rata


35 per week


11 months

Start Date

Early September

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 2.1 degree (expected or obtained) from a recognised institution.
  • 3 A Levels (grade A – C), or equivalent 
  • At least 5 GCSEs (grade A - B), including Maths, English & Science

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

We regret candidates requiring work permits to work in the UK will not be eligible for this programme.

Attributes and Skills

  • A high degree of initiative and a high level of determination to achieve both the BCI’s and personal objectives
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge in new contexts and to think beyond traditional solutions
  • Ability to analyse information
  • Resilience and adaptability to work effectively in new environments and with different people
  • Good team working skills and the ability to build relationships at all levels of the institution
  • IT skills
  • Enthusiasm and commitment


  • 30 days annual leave (plus public holidays and 4 College closure days), pro-rata.
  • Access to on-campus facilities

How to Apply

 Please submit all of the following documents to:

  • Completed Application Form
  • CV
  • A personal statement outlining why you want this position
  • Two references (at least one to be an academic reference)
  • Copies of GCSE, A-Level & degree results / qualifications to demonstrate you meet the minimum entry requirements
  • A copy of your passport to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Selection Process

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend a panel interview and take a short assessment. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 29th July 2015.


Application Deadline

Thursday 16th July 2015, 5pm

Former Trainees

Find out what our Graduate Trainees have to say about their experience:

Sophie Rae

Sophie RaeMy time at BCI has flown by so quickly! During the course of the programme, I have had the opportunity to take ownership of many projects and try out various aspects of office working life. Though primarily based in the Director’s Office, I really enjoyed working closely with the research centres and being involved in such an interesting and pioneering research institute.

From your first day, you are introduced to many new procedures and it can be a lot of information to take in but colleagues are very helpful and are easy to approach for guidance. Most of your training is on the job and I found that I continued to learn throughout the programme. I have improved on many transferable skills like minute taking, organising, record keeping and composing emails to people of different seniorities.

My most favourite project was coordinating the BCI’s attendance at the 2013 NCRI conference in Liverpool. This involved designing promotional merchandise, organising personnel and logistics, attending the conference and representing the BCI at our exhibition stand. This was a challenging project as there were many aspects to it which required me to multitask and keep to strict deadlines. I really enjoyed meeting more people from the institute and external visitors at the conference.

My most difficult project was the upgrade of the BCI website as I had had no previous experience in web development. There was a steep learning curve and it was challenging to manage others who were more senior to me and were experts in the area. During this project I improved my project management skills and became more confident in using website plug-ins and tools.

The BCI has a very active social committee and there are many fun events throughout the year which allows you to meet people from other centres. It is amazing being based so centrally in London and Charterhouse Square is a beautiful place to work.

The Graduate Training Programme has really helped me to broaden my experience and to decide which direction to follow next in my career.

Sophie Rae, Graduate Trainee 2013/14


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