Birmingham is the biggest city in the West Midlands, centrally lying between other major cities in the UK. Its excellent location, convenient travel links and fantastic shops and restaurants mean that Birmingham would be a great place to re-locate to after university. If you are fancying a change of scenery, and fancy Birmingham as the perfect place to start your career, look no further. Here are 30 graduate schemes in Birmingham.

1.    Explore Learning

Industry: Education

Salary: £23,000-£25,000 per annum

Explore Learning are recruiting graduates to take on the role of Assistant Director in one of their many learning centres across the country. As Assistant Director of one of their facilities in Birmingham, you will have many roles and responsibilities, from handling sales and marketing to teaching and customer service.

2.    Mitchells & Butlers 

Industry: Retail Management

Salary: Starting from £24,000

Mitchells & Butlers operates a large number of brands in the food and drink industry, including All Bar One, Browns, Miller & Carter and Harvester. Their grad scheme places successful applicants in the role of Assistant Manager of a particular establishment in their portfolio, eventually becoming General Manager by the end of year two.

3.    Arriva UK Trains

Industry: Engineering

Salary: Competitive

Are you a recent engineering graduate with a particular interest in trains? Arriva Trains are looking for graduates to complete a 24-month long programme, which involves being hands-on in all areas of the business. Roles and responsibilities can range from repairing trains to agreeing on budgets and working with drivers and instructors to learn about how trains are operated.

4.    FDM UK

Industry: IT

Salary: Competitive

FDM UK is an award-winning graduate employer, and the company is currently looking for a Graduate Software Developer Consultant. The programme is designed to help you become a successful Java developer and has opportunities for progression into several different sectors. To apply, you will need a minimum of a 2:2 in any degree subject.

5.    Prospero Teaching

Industry: Education

Salary: £55 per day (negotiable)

Prospero Teaching needs Graduate Teaching Assistants to supply short and long term teaching cover for secondary schools in Birmingham. Potential placements will range in duration from one week to a year, and there are opportunities for you to choose whether you would like to work part-time or full-time. For this role, you must have a degree qualification and some experience working with children.

6.    Baldwins Accountants

Industry: Accountancy

Salary: Competitive

This graduate scheme with Baldwins Accountants would be great for someone looking for a career in accounting or tax. When applying for the programme, you can choose one of three areas to specialise in (audit, tax or accountancy), with the role itself bringing various duties and responsibilities.

7.    EY UK

Industry: Accountancy

Salary: Starting from £27,600 per annum, depending on location

EY UK is searching for applicants for their Technology Risk Graduate Programme, which operates in various locations across the UK, including Birmingham. While in the role, you will learn about EY and their clients, work on client projects and attend client meetings, analyse data and get involved with industry research (amongst other tasks.) 

8.    Graduate Launchpad

Industry: IT, Finacial Services

Salary: Competitive

An award-winning technology company is looking for a Graduate Data Analyst to join their team. A typical day in this role would involve working with clients, creating and using data, and working closely with other team members. To be successful in your application, you must have a Engineering, Scientific, IT or Mathematical degree and strong A-levels in either Maths or Science.

9.    IMI

Industry: Engineering

Salary: Competitive

If you’re looking for a career in Engineering, but you would also like the opportunity to travel, then this graduate scheme is for you. IMI has opportunities for graduates in three of their divisions: IMI Precision Engineering, IMI Critical Engineering and IMI Hydronic Engineering. Each placement lasts for two years, with your time split between the UK and other countries.

10. Colossus Associates

Industry: Software Development

Salary: £25,000-£28,000 per annum

Colossus Associates are recruiting a Graduate Software Developer to join their team in the rapidly growing Birmingham office. While in the role, you will work closely with other staff members and associates and navigate software in the likes of C#, ASP.NET, HTML, CSS and Javascript. The company are explicitly looking for a graduate with a 2:1/1st class degree in Computer Science or IT.

11. Capgemini

Industry: IT, Consultancy

Salary: Competitive

Capgemini is one of the largest graduate employers in the country. They are currently looking for a Graduate Software Test Consultant to work in Birmingham at the heart of their new, innovative projects. You will solve problems, work with multidisciplinary colleagues and think creatively to bring about solutions to complex challenges.

12. Surge Recruitment House

Industry: Real Estate

Salary: £20,000-£25,000 per annum

A property consultancy company in Birmingham is searching for a Graduate Development Surveyor to join their expanding team. The successful applicant will work alongside colleagues to assist with site identification, financial and development appraisal, acquisition, planning, tenant acquisition and identifying and securing disposals. You must have a Real Estate related degree and be willing to travel.

13. SF Recruitment

Industry: Accounting & Finance

Salary: £18,000-£20,000 per annum

This recruitment company is hiring a Finance and Accounting Graduate for its industry-leading client based in central Birmingham. In your day-to-day work life, you will assist with producing management accounts and financial reports, amongst other tasks. There are several requirements for this role, but you will need a degree in Finance, Accounting or Business to get started.

14. Joshua Robert

Industry: Construction, Staffing & Recruiting, Real Estate

Salary: £25,000-£30,000 per annum

Joshua Robert is a recruitment company looking for a Graduate Project Manager to work for a global property and construction consultancy agency in Birmingham. Successful candidates will assist in the day-to-day delivery of projects, produce reports and liaise with clients. Applicants will need a degree in a relevant property/construction/project management subject and good prior experience in the sector.

15. Agility Resourcing

Industry: Business, Analysis, IT, Finance

Salary: £20000-£21000 per annum

Agility is working with numerous companies to employ graduates in the sectors of Business, Analysis, IT and Finance. To apply, you will need strong A-Levels (minimum ABB), and a minimum of a 2:1 in a numerically based degree (Maths, Accounting, Economics, Business, Psychology, Physics etc.) Please visit their website to see a full list of the opportunities available.

16. Recruitment Services by Jowicom

Industry: Architecture & Planning

Salary: £22,000.00–£25,000.00 Per Annum

A company is looking for a Graduate Planner to join their planning team based in the Birmingham office. You will have a variety of roles and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, assisting in the preparation of planning statements and Local Development Framework documents, working with clients and keeping up to date with changes in planning policy.

17. SF Recruitment

Industry: Buying

Salary: £18,000-£20,000 per annum

This is another excellent graduate job opportunity on offer from SF Recruitment, who are looking for a Graduate Buyer to work for a leading manufacturing client based in central Birmingham. You will research competitor products and prices, negotiate with suppliers and factories across the globe and work on projects with major brands. If you have a degree in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Logistics or Business, apply now!

18. Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd

Industry: Staffing & Recruiting, Consumer Services, Financial Services

Salary: Competitive

Hays is searching for a Graduate Surveyor to join the team at an established consultancy firm based in the West Midlands. While in the role, you will join either the Valuation or Planning Development department and will work to complete an APC qualification (Assessment of Professional Competence.) The company would ideally like candidates who have a degree in Real Estate.

19. Kennedys

Industry: Law

Salary: Competitive

Would you like to become a Solicitor? Kennedys in Birmingham are advertising an exciting graduate programme, designed to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). If your application is successful, you will work at Kennedys four days a week, having one day off to study. Please visit their website to see all applicant requirements.

20. Eden Brown Built Environment

Industry: Construction, Staffing & Recruiting, Financial Services

Salary: Competitive

Eden Brown are looking for a Graduate Land Buyer to work for a growing House Builder with a national presence to work from their offices in and around Birmingham. You will work closely with colleagues to learn more about the land buying process and will have many other roles and responsibilities, ranging from land identification to managing a bid through to purchase.

21. ASC Connections

Industry: Sales

Salary: up to £28000 per annum, plus company car and bonus

This recruitment company is searching for Graduate Sales Executives to come and work for a successful global organisation which specialises in the industrial automotive industry. While in the role, you will be responsible for sales within your given territory, work within a close-knit sales team and will meet clients and demonstrate products to sell effective solutions. You do not need a specific degree, however, a business/economics, scientific or a technical degree would be beneficial.

22. Graduate Recruitment Bureau

Industry: IT

Salary: £50,000 per annum

Do you have Cloud experience with AWS and Azure? A specialist design consultancy providing electronics and software solutions needs graduates for their Cloud Engineer role. Your job will see you advise clients on the best cloud solutions while working with various software and remote servers.

23. i-teachers

Industry: Education

Salary: £69-£76 per day

I-teachers are looking for ambitious science graduates who have achieved a 2:1 or a 1st in their degree to work in Birmingham schools. In the job, you will work full-time with a talented and supportive science department to assist students’ learning and monitor progress. If you have a passion for science and would like to start your career in the education industry, send in your CV today!

24. Gill Civil Engineering

Industry: Civil Engineering

Salary: Competitive

This company would like to appoint two graduates to assist in the management of Civil Engineering Projects at Manchester Airport and other projects across the country. To see whether you would be suitable for the role, please visit the Gill Civil Engineering website 

25. Bell Cornwall Recruitment

Industry: Finance

Salary: Competitive (negotiable)

A private bank, which has its headquarters in London, is searching for a Finance Operations Graduate to be based in Birmingham. Your principal duties will include supporting clients, analysing unexpected performance variances and communicating with all over key departments. This position would be best suited for finance graduates.

26. Aldi

Industry: Retail Management

Salary: £25,000

Aldi is a popular graduate employer, and there are many opportunities on offer with the company. In Atherstone, a short distance from Birmingham city centre, Aldi have positions available for their General Management Industrial Placement scheme. You’ll spend your time between your store and head offices, learning the ropes and shadowing more senior colleagues.

27. The Institute of Professional Willwriters

Industry: Digital Marketing

Salary: £17,500-£20,000 per annum

The Institute of Professional Willwriters is a not-for-profit self-regulatory organisation who would like a Digital Marketing graduate to join their small team. To thrive in the role, you will need to understand the importance of building a brand and how to maintain a presence on social media platforms.

28. Serco

Industry: Business Management – HR

Salary: Competitive

Are you looking to fast-track your management career? At Serco, their Graduate Management Trainee Programme gives successful candidates a wide range of training, including courses in project management, process improvement, people management and change management. By the end of the two years, you will have gained enough experience and knowledge to be able to take on any role in the HR industry.

29. West Midlands Police

Industry: Law enforcement

Salary: Starting from £22,550

This role would be great for graduates who are looking to start their career within the police. The West Midlands Police are looking for applicants for their Degree Holder Entry Programme, which lasts for three years. Alongside your general training, you will also receive a nationally recognised extra graduate diploma in Policing Practice.

30. Haylock Chase

Industry: Technical Business Analysis

Salary: £26,000 per annum

The graduate scheme with Haylock Chase is a fantastic opportunity for applicants to join a Financial Technology company with excellent career progression. As a Graduate Technical Business Analyst, you will have a range of day-to-day roles and responsibilities, all of which are detailed on the Haylock Chase website. To apply, you will need an Engineering, Scientific, IT or Mathematical degree and strong A-levels in Maths or Science.