Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the UK’s eleventh largest city. Thousands of people graduate from The University of Cardiff and the surrounding institutions each year, and many students choose to continue their search for graduate jobs in the area. If you are one of the many students looking for a graduate scheme in Cardiff, here are 10 that available at the moment.



Industry: Audit

Salary: Competitive

KPMG operates an extremely popular graduate scheme in locations across the country, including Cardiff. Their Graduate Audit Programme offers successful candidates a detailed insight into the business; they will gain experience and knowledge of a variety of sectors, learning how to deliver a proper and impartial perspective on financial activity.

Explore Learning

 Industry: Education

Salary: £23,000-£25,000 per annum depending on location, plus benefits & bonus

Explore learning is another company that offers graduates up and down the country the chance to take part in their training programme each year. As an Assistant Director at an Explore Learning centre in Cardiff, you will be involved in four key areas of the business: Sales & Marketing, Management & Business, Teaching and Customer Service.


Number One Site – Teaching Personnel

Industry: Education

Salary: National Living Wage

Do you have a degree in Education, Child Development, English, Maths, History, Sports, Psychology or Drama? Would you like to have some experience in teaching? Number One Site are looking for ex-students to take part in their graduate programme where applicants can work to get their foot in the door of the education sector. The scheme places them as  Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants or Behaviour Mentors at one of the partner primary schools.


Industry: Accounting

Salary: Competitive

Menzies has an award-winning training programme, with the purpose being that successful applicants will work towards becoming an ACA Qualified Accountant. As well as paying all costs towards professional exams, Menzies will also give graduates 28 weeks paid study leave and access to a host of future career opportunities.

Cornerstone barristers

Industry: Law

Salary: £60,000 for the year (guaranteed earnings of £20,000 in second six months)

This year-long pupillage at Cornerstone barristers will give you the skills and experience expected of barristers. You will attend court regularly, advising clients on a range of matters, with your responsibilities growing as your pupillage progresses. Click here to see whether you’d be suitable for the role and to have a look at what the application process will entail.


 Intellectual Property Office

Industry: IT

Salary: Competitive

This is an opportunity in Newport, a short 20 commute from Cardiff. The Intellectual Property Office is looking for graduates who have achieved at least a 2:1 in their degree to apply for their IT programme. The scheme will be two years long, and potential duties will depend on which area candidates join in. Along with flexible working hours, successful applicants will also be given 25 days holiday and access to the on-site gym and restaurant.

Amey plc

Industry: Surveying

Salary: Competitive, with potential pay rise every six months

Are you interested in becoming a surveyor? As part of the Amey plc graduate scheme, you will be part of the wider Amey TPT team which provides estate management and a range of consulting services to a variety of transport operators across the UK. Over the two-years, you will assist in the management of client portfolios, organise/attend site surveys and ensure the consistency of policies and practices amongst other responsibilities.


Rhonnda Cynon Taf

Industry: Local Government

Salary: Competitive

This is an excellent opportunity for graduates who would like a career working within local government. The Rhonnda Cynon Taf council is currently recruiting for their graduate scheme, which will give successful applicants the chance to work within a great professional environment while learning new transferable skills.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Industry: Retail Management

Salary: Competitive

The award-winning Graduate Management Training Programme at Enterprise Rent-A-Car will see participants be awarded the position of Branch Manager in as little as two years. During the initial training period of 8-12 months, graduates will gain enough hands-on experience and key skills to see them later progress into more senior roles.


Teaching Personnel

Industry: Education

Salary: £60-£70 per day

Are you a psychology graduate or a student looking to start their career in the education sector? Teaching Personnel are looking for graduates for their Psychology Graduate Scheme. Successful applicants will be asked to work with a pupil at a school in Cwmbran on a one-to-one basis, supporting them through their everyday activities to encourage progress. The ideal candidate for this position will have a psychology degree (or equivalent), strong behaviour management skills, experience in SEN and a passion for helping others.

Last Updated on March 13, 2023