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 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 has migrated to a co-funding model, where costs are shared between the NHS Leadership Academy and host organisations. There are two intakes of trainees each year, starting the Scheme in March and September. 

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 will have the opportunity to host a Graduate. In order to develop high quality placements, the application process for hosting a Graduate was updated for the 2019/20 intake. The new process encourages organisations to take a collaborative and system-focussed approach, with a lead host organisation leading on the submission of information 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. 

Host organisations will provide a programme and placement manager to support their trainee. These roles are required to attend training; available sessions can be found under programme dates above.

Contact us

If you would like to be informed when the application process to host trainees is open, 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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