AF Blakemore’s two-year Graduate Scheme returns for 2016


After its successful launch last summer, AF Blakemore’s Graduate Scheme is set to return for 2016.

The two-year programme aims to develop future leaders for the company and will take on five graduates across four areas of the business.

Community affairs officer Liz Bell, who is co-ordinating the scheme, said: “AF Blakemore’s 2015 Graduate Scheme proved both popular and successful, receiving 362 applications and welcoming eight new graduates into the business as a result of the recruitment process. Therefore the company has decided to run a similar programme again in 2016.

“The Graduate Scheme will provide graduates with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and skills across a number of diverse areas of the business.

“Our aim is to establish AF Blakemore as an employer of choice for graduates and we hope that this programme will help to attract, develop and retain the best people.”

The 2016 Graduate Scheme, which is aimed at both recent graduates and those who have already begun employment, will be advertised externally but applications are also welcome from current members of staff as well as family members and friends.

There will be five graduate positions available on the programme, covering the areas of sales and marketing, business analysis and project support. Roles will be based in the West Midlands, South East and North of England.

Applicants for the scheme will be invited to participate in a multi-stage recruitment process that will include a group assessment day on 17 May 2016. Successful graduates will join the business on June 20th.

A comprehensive four-week induction will be organised for all those embarking on the Graduate Scheme to provide an overview of the business and its values as well as the structure of the programme. This will incorporate spending time in frontline roles and embarking upon a wide range of management and leadership training, in addition to getting involved in the company’s community programme.

Full details on each of the five graduate roles available will be published on AF Blakemore’s dedicated Vacancies webpage,

Applications for the Graduate Scheme are now open.