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School Leavers - Gap Year

Gap Year


IBM’s gap year placements offer 12 months’ worth of experience that could transform your year out and your future prospects. They offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do?

You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from 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 Graduate Programme in a few years time.


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Business placements

This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the business world at one of the planet’s biggest and most successful organisations. Spend your gap year in a business role and you’ll be supporting one of our many business areas, such as Project Management, business operations, market research, marketing and sales.

During the selection process, we’ll talk to you about which area suits your skills best – we want to make sure you’ll get the most out of wherever we place you. And wherever you end up, you’ll gain valuable experience helping to increase our revenue, solve our clients’ challenges and make our business run as smoothly as possible. (But don’t worry - you’ll have the chance to experience other business areas too.)

Technical placements

At IBM, we know technology – so naturally IBM is the place to go if you’re interested in technical placements. Some of the brightest minds in technology work here, and we lead the way in developing innovative software products and applications. There’s a huge amount you could get involved in - for instance, you could support experts in web design, problem diagnosis, software development, database development and technical project management.

What you do will vary depending on the area you join – but you’ll get the same valuable experience and insight, as well as support from experienced and talented professionals.


What we offer


  • A salary of £15,000 (pro rata)

  • 25 days’ holiday (pro rata)

  • A laptop

  • Discounts and cash-back at more than 1,300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis through the IBM Rewards Programme

  • Access to a dedicated social club offering everything from discounted weekends away to theatre and theme park trips.

  • Sporting teams to get involved with, loads of student networking functions and a dedicated graduate and student newsletters to keep you up to date.

  • At the end of the placement, a performance-related bursary of up to £1,000 to spend on whatever you want.


Support & training


"There's plenty of training and support to help you become what you want to be. That's just as well, as I'm still deciding."

How we support you

Your training and development

Needless to say, all of this will give you a huge head start if you go to university.

What we look for


"I've added lots to my CV: new skills, experience, responsibilities. And most importantly, the name IBM."

To be eligible to apply, you must have at least 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including Maths and English and at least 160 UCAS points. You must also be eligible to work in the UK.

Whichever career path you choose to follow at IBM, we can offer you incredible, memorable times. You will have a great social network, gain invaluable experience in the field of your choice, learn new skills and develop expert knowledge – at one of the most successful companies in history.