Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

The multi award winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) offers its trainees the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to become proficient leaders of transformation who can manage the balance between access and affordability. We work closely with the National Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team to deliver this scheme across the Midlands, taking the lead on ensuring placements are of the highest quality and provide a fantastic experience for trainees.

Interested in helping our graduates gain experience?

It is our job as a Regional Leadership and Lifelong Learning team to manage placements, local networking and training. Whilst on the scheme each trainee will complete at least two work-based placements within local organisations, gaining experience as well as providing a valuable contribution to the organisation. The next scheduled intake for trainees is due to take place in September 2023. Applications have now closed for this intake, but you can continue to register interest to host trainees for future intakes here: Host a trainee – Graduate Management Training Scheme (

If you have any questions or would like to discuss hosting a trainee further, please contact Andrew Spears, Dawn Simmonds and Daniel Boateng at [email protected] 

Interested in being a trainee?

As a trainee on the scheme, you’ll need to be enthusiastic, innovative, passionate and motivated about improving patient care.  In return, you will benefit from mentoring, support and excellent training. You’ll experience life-defining moments and have influence over decisions that improve the lives of millions. After completion of the scheme, you’ll be able to boost your career even further and apply for senior NHS roles.

Trainees specialise in either:

  • General management
  • Finance management
  • HR Management
  • Informatics management
  • Health Analysis management
  • Policy and Strategy

The scheme is full time for 2-3 years, depending on specialism and you will rotate between full time work placements, postgraduate education and leadership development. The next GMTS intake is scheduled for September 2023, though please do note that applications for this intake are now closed.

The scheme is recruited to and led by the NHS Leadership and Lifelong Learning team, which is part of the People Directorate in NHS England and Improvement.

For further information about the scheme and applications, visit .

GMTS Programme and Placement Manager Training

The NHS GMTS Team are delivering a series of training sessions aimed at current and prospective GMTS Programme and Placement Managers.

These short sessions will provide an insight to the Graduate Management Training Scheme, the journey of the trainee and the roles and expectations of Programme and Placement Managers. They will also cover basics such as how to use the online trainee management tool GENI and give individuals an opportunity to ask questions about executing their role. All Managers will benefit from the session, learning how to effectively support and develop their trainees throughout their time on the scheme.

The sessions will run regularly online over the course of the year to enable new placement and programme managers the chance to familiarise themselves with key aspects of their responsibilities.

To book a place, please select from the session dates below and enter your details via the link.

Date TimeLink
Thurs 14th September 2023 09:30 – 12:00Webinar registration | Microsoft Teams
Weds 20th September 202309:30 – 12:00Click Here
Thurs 5th October 2023 09.30 – 12.00Click Here
Weds 15th November 202310.30 – 13.00Click Here
Fri 24th November 202309:30 – 12:00Click Here
Thurs 7th December 202309:30 – 12:00Click Here
Once registered, you will be sent the joining invite for MS Teams a week prior to the session taking place.
For any queries regarding the sessions or booking a place, please contact [email protected]