School Leaver Opportunities

Whether you have decided to go straight into work, take a gap year before University, or are exploring your options post-education, our IBM School Leaver programmes will enable you gain the experience, skills and contacts you need to start building a bright future. Working with us you’ll have limitless opportunities to do exciting and meaningful work in an environment that rewards creative thinking and individuality. We’ll place you straight into a full time role so you’ll be the one in charge, putting forward ideas, taking on responsibilities and making choices about how you get the job done just like any other employee.

We offer two School Leaver programmes; the IBM Apprenticeship scheme, which is a full time permanent role, and the IBM Futures scheme, which is a 12-month paid gap year.

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Apprenticeships. TOP 100 EMPLOYER 2015
Apprenticeships 4 England training provider & apprentice employer awards. Awards 2015, Finalist.
Target jobs. Winner Best apprenticeship programme 2016. National graduate recruitment awards.
Ratemy Apprenticeship TOP 60 Employers 2015 - 2016
Target jobs. Finalist Apprentice of the year 2016. National graduate recruitment awards.
Princess royal training award 2016
Apprenticeships National Awards 2016. Regional Highly Commended

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Before you click on one of the below job opportunities to apply, please complete the IBM Application Form. To download the application form, click HERE.

IBM Futures Schemes

You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure of what to do next, take a look at our IBM Futures Scheme. The scheme offers you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company for 12-months, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals across IBM. That could be in any area across the company. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long-term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme, or you could go off to university and consider IBM’s Undergraduate and Graduate opportunities in a few years time.

During your year you’ll have a great support network. For the day-to-day things, you’ll have a Task Manager who’ll help you with new tasks, manage your workload and give you the opportunity to get involved. You’ll also have an Early Professional Manager looking after your ongoing development and your future career plans.

IBM Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up new skills and lots of them. When you join IBM as an apprentice it is not just about training and qualifications. We have your long-term professional career in mind and from the day you join us you’ll be a permanent employee. You’ll get lots of exposure and an experience you simply couldn't get anywhere else. In addition to your day job there are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates in the local area. If you’ve decided to dive straight into the world of work after college we believe our apprenticeship is one of the best learning experiences out there.

But don’t take our word for it, let our Apprentices tell you!

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Apprenticeship Training & Development

You’ll have a great support network. For the day-to-day things, you’ll have a Task Manager who’ll help you with new tasks, manage your workload and give you the opportunity to get involved. You’ll also have an Early Professional Manager looking after your ongoing development.

Your training starts with a two-week induction, which will help you to understand how IBM works and how we operate.

After that, it’s all about 2 areas:

How to apply

Online Application

Choose your role and ensure you meet the minimum requirements. Complete the IBM Application Form (to download the application form, click HERE). Fill in your personal details online and upload your IBM Application Form.

Online Tests

Dependent on the role you will be invited to take online tests. All instructions will be sent at this point with further details of the test and there is the opportunity to request reasonable adjustment.

Further Pre-Screening

Your online application will be reviewed in more detail and for some roles you may be asked to complete a video assessment.

 

Assessment Centre

You will be invited to an IBM office and take part in some of the following activities: group exercises, case studies, interviews and presentations.

Final Interview

After assessment centre you will be added to a pool of candidates. If a suitable role becomes available you will be invited to attend interviews. If successful you will then become part of the IBM team!

What we look for

Energy, creativity and passion are really important to us. We also work in teams all the time, so you need to be someone who’ll thrive in that kind of environment – a great communicator and someone with the ability to lead others. There are other characteristics we look for, too. We call them competencies - think about whether, and how, you can demonstrate them during our application process. We look for eight specific competencies during our Application Process: Adaptability, Communication, Client Focus, Creative Problem Solving, Drive, Teamwork, Passion for IBM and Taking Ownership.

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