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Gap Years & Apprentices

Gap Years & Apprentices

Gap Year


IBM’s gap year placements offer 12 months’ worth of experience that could transform your future prospects. You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, IBM's gap year placements are for you. 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.)

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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

You’ll start your placement off with a week-long induction course which will begin on Monday 27th July 2015, along with approx 20-30 other gap year students. This will give you a great insight into how we work – plus, you’ll get to take part in some exciting team-building exercises

After this, your training and development will focus on two areas: business skills (which will help you do your job) and personal skills (which could be anything you feel will help your career). There are hundreds of courses (literally!) for you to take advantage of.

Needless to say, all of this will give you a huge head start if you go to university or start an apprenticeship at IBM or elsewhere.

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 be looking to complete a 12 month gap placement. If you have already graduated, then please apply to our graduate programme instead.

You don’t need any work experience, just a passion for business and technology.

Also, don't forget to attach your completed CV template – we can’t accept your application without it!

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.