Bristol is a great city for both students and graduates. It is a hub for nightlife, shopping and anything else you could want, pretty much on your doorstep. Bristol also has excellent travel connections to nearby Bath, Cardiff and of course, the capital, London. If you would like to live in Bristol after university, this article is for you. Here are 30 graduate schemes in Bristol right now.


Industry: Customer Solutions – Finance

Salary: From £31,850 per annum

RBS has many graduate programmes on offer throughout the country, however, their Customer Solutions pathway is the only one on offer in Bristol. This two-year graduate scheme would be suited to anyone who would like to build a career in commercial or corporate banking. Your time at RBS will be spent learning about customers’ needs, building client relationships and acquiring other skills needed for a career in the industry.

Macquarie Group

Industry: Finance

Salary: Competitive

This Australian investment banking company has an established graduate scheme, with some opportunities available in Bristol. The programme ranges from 12 months to 24 months in duration and will give you on the job training and access to a range of internal and external courses to improve your knowledge and business network.


Industry: Various

Salary: Competitive

CBRE has a range of different graduate programmes on offer, with opportunities available across the UK, including Bristol. These include schemes in Building Consultancy, Commercial Property, Financial Analyst, Planning and Residential. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, click here to register your interest for potential roles.

Turner & Townsend

Industry: Consultancy

Salary: Competitive

Turner & Townsend’s graduate scheme has been designed to give successful applicants the skills and experience they need to become excellent consultants. Over two years, graduates will receive market-leading training and will work towards achieving external qualifications and professional accreditation’s to make sure they become the best in the business.

Womble Bond Dickinson

Industry: Law

Salary: Competitive

If you’re a recent law graduate and would like to further your training in the Bristol area, then this graduate scheme might be for you. Womble Bond Dickinson offers two-year training programmes where applicants will experience different areas of law first hand while working with a variety of colleagues and clients.


Industry: Law

Salary: Starting from £23,000

This is another fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in law. VWV is currently offering training contracts for graduates in their Bristol office, which will consist of four seats in a range of areas, depending on business need.

Rio Tinto

Industry: Mining

Salary: Competitive

Rio Tinto operates in some of the most beautiful places in the world, ranging from Northwest Territories in Canada to Weipa in Far North Queensland. Their graduate programme is designed to help prepare participants for future leadership roles and will involve individual mentoring sessions, online learning and networking events. If you’re interested in doing a bit of travelling after uni, you might want to consider applying to this scheme!


Industry: Consultancy, Construction

Salary: Competitive, plus a joining bonus

Mace is an international consultancy and construction company which recruits graduates each year for their Graduate Development Programme. During the two-year scheme, you will take on the responsibility of live projects, developing your skills and knowledge over your time with the company. Applications for their next intake have currently closed, however, they will re-open again in September.


Industry: Various

Salary: Competitive

Allianz is an insurance company, and they have several different grad schemes on offer. They have eight programmes to choose from: Management Trainee, Actuarial, Engineering Insurance, Finance, Insurance Claims, IT, Operations and Underwriting.


Industry: Audit

Salary: Competitive

KPMG’s popular Audit programme is available to graduates in Bristol, with a choice of two three-year-long schemes: Intensive and Empowered. Each programme offers a different approach, splitting the time spent studying and completing work experience differently. Successful candidates will work towards achieving their ACA qualification.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Industry: Healthcare management

Salary: £26,523 per annum

Are you ambitious, motivated and have the drive to succeed? University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust are looking for graduates to complete their two-year scheme, with the hope to give successful applicants the skills and experience necessary for more senior management posts on completion.


Industry: Actuary

Salary: Starting from £26,000 per annum

Aviva’s Actuarial Graduate Scheme is perfect for anyone who is a strategic thinker, good at maths, and loves to tackle problems. The programme has no set length as the duration is dependent on how long it takes you to complete the necessary qualifications. You will rotate to a different actuarial team every 18-24 months, learning more as you go.

 Smith & Williamson

Industry: Financial services

Salary: Competitive

Smith & Williamson provide several trainee schemes for graduates, combining practical skills with technical studies. As part of the Private Client Tax Team, you’ll have several roles and responsibilities, ranging from the preparation of accounts and tax returns for basic trusts to dealing with day to day administrative matters concerning clients. If you’re looking for a role with development opportunities and excellent benefits, this one is definitely worth applying for!


Industry: Retail Management

Salary: Competitive

Dunelm’s Graduate Retail Management Programme is designed to give you all the tools you will need to begin your career in retail. The scheme lasts for two years, by the end of which participants will be working towards running their own store. Applicants do not need to have a degree in a specific subject. You will just need some experience in retail and a passion for providing the best customer service.


Industry: Accounting

Salary: Starting from £27,600 per annum

Applications for the Technology Risk Graduate Programme at EY UK in Bristol are now open. During your two years with the company, you will be learning about EY UK and its clients, working on client projects and attending client meetings and getting involved with industry research among other responsibilities.

G2v Internal Recruitment Team

Industry: Consultancy

Salary: £18,000-£40,000 per annum (uncapped commission)

The G2v Recruitment Group is an award-winning company specialising in the IT, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals and Energy Sectors. Their Graduate Programme is designed to give you all the tools, techniques and support you will need to excel in the business. There is huge earning potential with this position, along with excellent training and career progression.


Industry: Consultancy

Salary: Competitive

Are you looking to begin your career in the consultancy industry? On the PwC Graduate Programme, you’ll work closely with some of the best in industry, finance and government in the UK and abroad, bringing fresh insights and motivation to the problems they face. You’ll work with a multitude of clients on projects that can be based anywhere in the world, from the UK to Africa. To be considered for this position, you will need to have achieved at least a 2:1 in your degree subject.

Burges Salmon

Industry: Law

Salary: Starting from £23,000 per annum

Burges Salmon is a leading law firm in the heart of Bristol city centre. Their graduate programme will help you become a qualified solicitor within three years if you have a law degree or within four years if you have a non-law degree. The company only takes on four legal apprentices each year, so many sure you have an excellent application before applying!

Ignitec Technology Centre

Industry: Product Design

Salary: Competitive

Ignitec is currently looking for university graduates to join their three-month internship scheme, starting on dates throughout 2020. This is a paid placement, and many candidates will go on to be offered full-time positions at the company. You will be given a taste of many different areas of the design industry to help you achieve your full potential.

Imperial Brands

Industry: Business & Administration

Salary: £612 per week

As part of the Statistician Graduate Programme at Imperial Brands, you will design and perform statistical analyses for a range of studies into next-generation products. You will also develop protocols, study plans and statistical analysis plans as part of your work.