Technology Graduate Programme

Technology Graduate Programme

About the programme

Working as part of the IT Team to support our network of around 800 colleagues. IT support the business to ensure all the tech operate effectively and efficiently and help our colleagues be the best they can be.

During a Tech placement on our graduate scheme, you will a real variety of technical exposure to kick start your career giving you the tools for success.

  • You will have the opportunity to work with all technology teams, including; IT Security, IT Operations, IT Service Delivery and Service Desk, RPA and Infrastructure.
  • You’ll attend up to 12 ‘End User’ Awareness Days
  • Be involved in a project activity to understand how technology impacts our customers
  • Build core technical skills with ‘home’ team
  • Shadow a major business change project to understand how technology drives our business
  • Project activity to understand new and emerging solutions
  • Expansion of skills and impact with ‘home’ team
  • Work on a project activity to deliver a tangible improvement to your ‘home’ team
  • Have a focused development plan in a defined role to prepare yourself for a future long-term career

What’s in it for you

18 month technology focused programme

37.5 hour week (no weekends)

Flexible working hours

Salary £26,000 (starting at £21,000 with phased increments as you progress through the programme)

Quarterly bonus (up to 10% based on performance)

25 days holidays (plus bank holidays)

Option to Buy and Sell Holidays

FREE On-site Gym

Shopping discounts

Cycle to work scheme

Your 18 month programme for success

Setting You Up to Succeed (6 months)

Learn about who we are, our products and services and what makes us tick around here during your induction programme. Then start developing your core skills and knowledge through a selection of ‘taster days’ in various teams and working as part of your technical ‘home’ team to learn how Technology is used by Verastar.

Technology & business change (6 months)

Shadowing a major business change project to understand how technology drives our business decisions and growth. Become involved in new and emerging solutions aligned to our overall business strategy and customer journey.

You will be expected to add value, continue learning about the business.

  • Deep dive into technology and business change
  • Explore new and emerging tech solutions
  • Establish self in ‘home team’

Choose your future career (6 months)

Focused development in a defined ‘home’ team role to ready yourself for a future long-term role. The teams include:

  • Information Security
  • IT Service Delivery
  • IT Operations

We will work with you to agree area to specialise in and define and secure your permanent position within the business.

Your L&D will be tailored to help you secure your future role and build your career path. We will also confirm and have a CPD plan in place.

Projects: Throughout the 18-months you will have the opportunity to showcase your abilities by getting involved in up to 3 key projects. You will get the chance to work with senior stakeholders across the business and collaborate with your fellow Graduates, to add some real business value.

Supporting You Every Step Of The Way

People are our most important asset and we help you every step of the way on your journey to success. This includes;

  • First day Welcome to Verastar induction
  • Robust induction plan
  • Regular catch ups with your manager
  • Learning and Development, including Continuous Professional Development
  • Support from a buddy to help you settle in and feel supported throughout the programme

What our graduates have to say

Rizwan – 2020 Graduate

Now a I.T Operations Analyst at Verastar

“The technology program was a very comprehensive and robust experience that definitely added value to my professional experience. I would highly recommend the technology graduate scheme to any recent or upcoming graduates.”

Hussain – 2020 Graduate

Now a I.T Operations Analyst at Verastar

“The highlight of the scheme was being involved in various IT projects, giving me the chance to be a part of innovative and practical solutions that make a real difference to the business.”
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What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone with a positive go for it attitude, an open mind and a willingness to learn the business from the bottom up. You need to be a great problem solver, adaptable, and an effective communicator with strong analytical skills and a keen eye for detail to support the future growth of the business.

Beyond that, you’ll need:

  • 2.1 degree in Computer Science/IT discipline

Or

  • 2.2 if you have a master’s degree of higher

Or

  • A minimum of 12-months experience in an IT role looking to develop their skills further
Click here to view our Application Process

STAGE 1: Online application

First, you’ll apply online and upload your CV. This is your first chance to showcase your studies so far, capture your contact details and ensure the programme is right for you.

STAGE 2: Assessment event

This will be a virtual event involving a competency-based interview. This is your chance to show off your technical skills and knowledge, and demonstrate you are the best person to join the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to apply? Are there any opening or closing dates?
As soon as possible! We will be recruiting from May to August but spaces may go quickly.
Is this an Office or home-based role?
This role is based in our Manchester Head Office however we are currently working within COVID guidelines with working from home in place, we are looking at options on what new working lives will look like as COVID restrictions ease.
What will my working hours typically be?
A typical working week will be 37.5hrs Monday – Friday. We operate a flexible working hours scheme – further information will be shared during the interview process.
At the end of the programme, will I be offered a permanent role?
Yes! If you successfully complete the full programme, we will work with you to secure a permanent role and continue your career with Verastar Group.

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