About the scheme 

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) is a national scheme running for over 60 years. It is a highly respected scheme with alumni now working across the NHS.  

GMTS offers a fast-track blended learning experience, consisting of rotational work placements across the NHS, professional qualifications, and personal learning and development.

In 2019/20, GMTS has expanded its annual intake from 200 to 500 trainees - the biggest expansion undertaken in the history of the Scheme. As part of the expansion GMTS will migrate to a co-funding model, where costs are shared between the NHS Leadership Academy and host organisations. For the first time, there will be two intakes of trainees in 2019/20; September 2019 and March 2020. Applications are currently open for those wishing to apply to become a trainee in March 2020. 

Bring fresh thinking to your organisation whilst investing in the future of leadership for the NHS by supporting the learning and development journey of a North West graduate, find out more about the advantages of hosting a graduate trainee.

NHS GMTS timeline

Host a trainee

The expansion of the Scheme means that more NHS organisations than ever before will have the opportunity to host a Graduate on their leadership journey. In order to develop high quality placements in a wide range of NHS organisations, the application process for hosting a Graduate has been updated for 2019/20. The new ‘commitment to pay and assurance process’ encourages organisations to take a collaborative and system-focussed approach, with a lead host organisation leading on the submission of information at each stage of the assurance process, on behalf of a partnership or collaborative. A partnership of organisations may submit a joint bid to offer a graduate exposure to the wider system. 

The application process to host trainees in the March 2020 cohort will launch shortly. 

Contact us

If you would like to be informed of the launch of the application process to host trainees from March 2020, or if you have any questions about the scheme  please contact us at nwla.gmtsnw@nhs.net

Alternatively, if you're interested in become a flexi-placement host, find out more here.


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