Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I apply to more than one stream?

You can apply to a maximum of two streams. To do so, you will need to complete two separate applications and email the graduate inbox on with your preference. Please note for the science stream you need a degree in natural, physical or life science.

Can I apply again if unsuccessful this year?

Yes, you can apply again. However we also have lots of opportunities for graduates to start their career at CRUK outside of our Gradudate Scheme.

Can overseas students apply/non-EU?

Yes, overseas students can apply for the scheme. You will need to show that you have a valid working permit before accepting an offer. We cannot support a visa or permit application.

What is the salary?

Salary - £25,000 p.a. + excellent benefits and annual salary review.

When does the scheme start?

Graduates start on the scheme in September and run on a two year cycle. Applications for the September 2019 intake are now closed.

What are the working hours?

35 hours per week (09:00-17:00 with an hour lunch break)

What are the application stages?

There are 4 stages to our application process. First of all you will need to complete an online application form. You can find out more about our full application process here.

What does an assessment day involve?

There will be a group exercise, written exercise, and an interview. You will also have the opportunity to meet senior leaders and graduates from the charity and to hear more about the amazing work we do.

Do you have to be a recent graduate to apply?

No, as long as you meet the following requirements you are eligible to apply:

  • GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C or above
  • Minimum of a 2.1 degree
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

You need to have achieved success outside of your academic career through:

  • Work experience
  • Internships
  • Summer placements
  • Voluntary experience or positions of responsibility at university 

Where is the graduate scheme based?

You will be based at our main office in Angel, Islington, in north London, UK. From october 2019, we will be moving to a new office space in Stratford, close to the Olympic Park.

Once on the scheme can I choose what placements I go on?

Every 6-months trainees are shown various, business critical, placement proposals and are asked to express their preference. However, as placements are driven by business needs, we can’t guarantee a graduate trainee will receive their preferred placement. For the Finance Stream you will move every 12 months.

What support will I receive during the scheme?

Trainees receive a range of support throughout the programme; from their line manager, former graduate trainees at the charity, a mentor, as well as the graduate scheme advisor.

How will the projects I work on be structured?

At the start of the project trainees will receive a project brief outlining the specific deliverables and scope of the work.

Will I be guaranteed a job after the graduate scheme?

Graduates are not guaranteed a specific job after the scheme. However, our graduates are encouraged and coached to successfully apply for roles at the end of their placements internally at the charity.

What happens at the end of the graduate scheme?

Midway through the second year of the scheme trainees are encouraged to begin applying for roles internally at the charity. At this stage, trainees will come up against internal and external candidates for positions. Over the years, trainees have proved successful at securing internal roles.

What formal development will I receive during the scheme?

Between each placement a week is reserved for formal development and training. In addition to this you will have regular meetings about your development with the graduate scheme advisor, take part in Action Learning Sets, and hear career talks from senior members of staff across the charity.

Applications now closed!

If you have any queries about the Graduate scheme please contact us here.

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