Working for companies offering European and global Graduate Training Schemes

Many companies and organisations who operate across the world have regional or global training schemes. Some may offer UK based graduate training programmes, which then enable you to progress your career through their overseas locations.

Due to the current uncertainty around “Brexit” and the implications for UK nationals working in Europe, it is unclear which companies will offer European wide graduate schemes. You should check with each organisation and the latest information from

It is important to start your search early as many large organisations close their graduate schemes well before the end of the academic year. Be open minded about the opportunities, as many organisations will have a variety of roles covering all aspects of the business functions. Some organisations will require a specific degree discipline and a second language but more importantly, they will look for evidence of a global outlook and a willingness to relocate if required.

The following list is a sample of companies who have offered international opportunities previously. Their schemes are aimed at final year or postgraduate students and usually start in the autumn following the application closing date.

Is a global leader in power and automation technologies. They offer hundreds of entry-level opportunities worldwide and a number of learning possibilities through global and local graduate programmes. Check out their Linkedin-ABB Life profile.

The Adidas Group delivers state-of-the-art sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Adidas operates a Functional Trainee Programme (FTP) with numerous opportunities to build your ideal career.

Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.4bn, 130,000 employees and operations in 50 countries across Europe, southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. They have opportunities across a variety of companies.

AstraZeneca focus on the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges. They offer a variety of programmes in both scientific and non-scientific business areas. Check out their social media links: @AstraZenecaJobs  #lifeataz

A global defence, aerospace and security company, BAe has a three year fast-track programme aimed at giving individuals a breadth and depth of knowledge from across multiple business areas. There are two streams within the programme: business and engineering. Check out @BAES_Careers

Manufacturers of health and skin care products such as Nivea sun creams and Elastoplast. Beiersdorf offers an 18 to 24-month BEYOND BORDERS trainee programme for graduates to gain insights into different departments and experience a six-month foreign placement.

Bombardier is a leading aeroplane manufacturer. Their 18-month programme includes multiple tracks in functions such as engineering, logistics, business development, finance, human resources and IT/information services.

BP operates at every phase of the energy cycle, bringing a wide range of opportunities.

The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is aimed at professionals with post-graduate degrees who want to accelerate their progression to leadership roles in business. The global programme operates across the various business disciplines and consists of two 24-month assignments, one of which could be international.   

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe. Their 12 to 15-month trainee programme includes three months at a subsidiary abroad (e.g. China, India, the US and the Netherlands) learning the specific requirements and special features of the market in your respective country of deployment. 

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services with a commitment to reducing environmental impact. They offer a two-year development programme open to European graduates willing to travel, with the flexibility to relocate to other countries as part of their career development.

Carlsberg Group is the fourth largest brewer in the world and offers three different graduate programmes within commercial, finance and digital.  All programmes run for 24 months and include international experience while working on various projects across your chosen discipline.  

One of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services. Damco runs a two-year programme, Go With Maersk aimed at developing your skills as an international logistics professional.

DB Schenker offers global logistics expertise with a strong rail foundation. They have an 18-month programme, DB Schenker direct career entry , where you can discover the world of logistics.

One of the world’s leading premium drinks manufacturers of well-known brands such as Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker. Over three years you will receive on-the-job training and work on real projects through a combination of formal training, mentoring and coaching from respected colleagues and, most importantly, real world, on-the-job experience.

An international privately owned energy supplier focussing entirely on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions. You will spend 24 months in placements at different group companies, at home and abroad, tailored to suit your background and personal interests.

Leading lights in the digital revolution with one of the industry’s strongest patent portfolios. They offer a number of roles for graduates with strong academic abilities in engineering, IT, business and commerce. Ericsson runs two main 18-month programmes for people who want to specialise in technology or a broader commercial role. 

The world’s largest online travel company. They regularly advertise recruitment opportunities on their website for graduates in a variety of roles.  The Global Early Talent programme offers the opportunity to explore your path within the varied functions of the business.

A global businesses that researches, develops and manufactures innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.  The Future Leaders graduate programme is a global graduate development programme, which runs for two or three-years. It aims to build leadership skills and start your career with one of the world’s leading healthcare companies.  

HSBC is one of the largest banking corporations operating across the world.  It offers a range of opportunities through their graduate programmes. They look for candidates who are “motivated, curious, courageous, collaborative and dedicated.” 

Manufacturers of some of the world’s leading brands of beer and cider. The Heineken International Graduate programme will provide you with a unique experience, designed to develop you to become the international mobile leaders of tomorrow.   

A specialist engineering company designing, manufacturing and servicing engineered products that control the precise movement of fluids. IMI products are found in a variety of manufacturing systems, from coffee processing to oil refineries.  Graduates will undertake different rotations, getting exposure to a range of exciting projects and locations around the world. 

Providers of semi-conductor and system solution.  Infineon offer a 12 to 24-month trainee programme, during which you will develop your skills in research & development, marketing, controlling, logistics or application engineering. 

Hospitality and hotel trade specialist with over 5000 hotels worldwide across numerous brands such as Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza. The 24-month early careers graduate programme offers an accelerated leadership development programme in hospitality.  

A global banking and financial services company. Full time graduate opportunities are available in a variety of areas including finance, HR and technology.

A world leader in the material handling equipment, warehousing and material flow engineering sectors. Jungheinrich offer a two-year programme for system/project management and general business graduates.

Novo Nordisk is the world leader in diabetes care. To continue our business success we need to attract highly qualified people – this includes students and recently graduated master students, who are ready for a global career.

RB is a global company operating in 60 counties.  It produces medicines, medical devices and hygiene related home products. RB have graduate programmes in sales & marketing, supply chain, finance and research & development.

Manufacturer and supplier of soft drinks and lifestyle influencer.  The Graduate Programme is a combination of on-the-job experiences and formal become future leaders

One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies. During the global two-year program, you will participate in three demanding work assignments, each lasting eight months. The program’s highlight is the assignment abroad, which you complete at one of nearly 1,700 worldwide business locations.

Leading producers in technology, content and services including music, film, mobiles, games and consumer electronics. Sony recruits talent from all over the world for training predominantly in Japan and the United States.  

Swire operates in multiple industries, such as beverages, transportation and property across the globe. Mainly operating in the Asia Pacific region with brands such as Cathay Pacific, Swire Coca-Cola, HAECO and Swire Properties. Their Leadership Programmes develop the future leaders for the Swire Group. 

One of the world leaders in the telecommunications and technology sector. Telefonica have graduate roles across Europe in a range of areas.

A global off-price fashion and homeware retailer. They have graduate programmes in merchandising & buying, business technology and finance.

Tui is a worldwide holiday firm operator. They offer 18-months experience in a wide variety of international assignments across the business sector.

Provider of transport solutions including a range of trucks, construction equipment and buses. Their international graduate programme runs for 12 months and prefer graduates with engineering, science, computer science, business or logistics backgrounds.  

Public sector opportunities

UK Fast Stream Diplomatic Service
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) protects and develops British interests around the world, through the FCO in London and a network of 270 diplomatic posts in 160 countries.

Security Services:
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ all employ linguists, but are particularly interested in graduates with fluent non-European language skills and cultural appreciation e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian. Visit their websites for further information.

Work in the EU institutions - Graduate Entry
If you are looking to work with the EU institutions, you can apply for the Administrator profiles at grade AD5 to become a permanent official. As an Administrator, you can find yourself playing a key role in the EU’s processes with a high degree of responsibility from an early stage in your career. You will need to be an EU citizen and fluent in one of the official EU languages and proficient in a second (for linguist profiles you will need a third EU language). See also Work for the EU.


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