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  • Graduates
  • Summer placements
  • IT Trainee Scheme
  • Industrial Placement
  • Work experience
  • Employability Scholarship
  • To apply
  • Doctoral Training


Innovation drives us forwardWe thrive on new challenges, new technology and new ideas. That’s why having talented people that see things through fresh eyes is so important to us. It’s no coincidence that we were named as one of the UK’s Top Graduate Employers (The Times). Many have joined us at graduate level and gone on to become senior leaders in the organisation and in their field. That’s because, from the moment you start, whichever area you work in, we invest in your learning and development to help you be the very best you can be.

We don’t restrict ourselves to a one-size-fits-all graduate scheme because we like to give you freedom of choice when it comes to the area that you’re interested in. There are graduate level opportunities across the organisation. If Science or Forecasting is where your talent lies, then you’ll love the opportunity and training that our Trainee Forecasting or Foundation Scientist courses can offer. But that’s just one of many ways that graduates help drive our business. Marketing minded? Great commercial acumen? Finger firmly on the financial pulse? Wherever your skills lie, we’ve a wide range of opportunities for graduates. Have a look at our career options to find out more.

Summer placements

We’re the UK’s National Weather Service, a world-renowned meteorological organisation with an international reach. From Forecasting to Finance, Programming to Project Management, the breadth and depth of the work that goes into our forecasts is fascinating. And you could be a part of it. Our three-month summer placements are the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on work experience and get a valuable insight into the things we do. Opportunities are open to those who have recently graduated from university or finished their A Levels and those currently studying.

There are a range of placement opportunities to suit different skills and interests. Science and Forecasting are two of those, but we also have a variety of opportunities in other business areas such as Marketing, Finance, HR, Technology and Information Services and many more. Joining us, you could work on a specific project or as part of one of our talented and friendly teams. Previous placement students have worked on our Weather Desk, developed software applications, designed and ran their own campaigns, completed studies with our health team and worked on interesting climate and forecasting projects.

And it’s a great opportunity to learn from experts in their field. We won’t throw you in at the deep end, there’s always someone around to offer you advice and guidance but we’ll also give you plenty of freedom and responsibility to make a real impact here. It’s stimulating, challenging and hugely rewarding. We think you’ll be amazed at just how much you can learn in three months! Have a read through our Prospectus (PDF) and Summer Placement Guide (PDF) to find out more.

IT Trainee Scheme

We’re at the cutting-edge of computer science. Information Technology is absolutely crucial to our overall success as a business. So, we invest heavily in the long-term development of our staff and in world-class supertechnology, making us a great place to build your IT career. The IT trainee scheme is open to those with two relevant A Levels, who are passionate about technology, ambitious to learn and willing to work hard and make a positive impact on the business. You might be straight out of college or have years’ experience and be looking to develop new skills.

Our two year programme consists of an informative induction followed by six placements, covering a variety of IT and development areas. This structure enables trainees to learn a broad range of technical skills – from scientific programming to database management, web design to networking, software testing to Windows and Linux. Working with some of the brightest scientific minds and most powerful technology in the world, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the entire IT lifecycle right from defining solutions to maintaining existing services. You’ll be partnered with a mentor who’ll support you through an overall training plan with clear objectives for each placement. We’ll enrol you in the British Computer Society’s Professional Development Scheme and there will also be a number of training courses, externally and internally, for you to attend. Have a read through our IT Trainee prospectus (PDF) to find out more.

Industrial Placement

Our Industrial Placement scheme is open to those studying a degree with a significant numeracy, science or IT element to it, who would like to spend a year in industry gaining some all-important practical experience. The 12 month programme follows a very similar structure to the IT trainee scheme, offering undergraduates the opportunity to work across a diverse range of IT and development areas and learn from a clear training plan, including rotating placements and mentoring. This is a great opportunity to work with world-class supertechnology and learn from experts in the field. Have a read through our Industrial Placement prospectus (PDF) to find out more.

Work experience

Anyone aged between 14 and 17 can come and spend a week with us to get a better understanding of what we do – much more than the weather forecasts you see on the television. As well as giving you an insight into the working world and helping to confirm career plans, our work experience opportunities are also about having fun and bringing out your creative side. You’ll spend time with our Innovation Academy who are all about bright ideas and encouraging creativity in the workplace. The wide range of activities will include workshops, presentations from staff and tours of our exciting headquarters. As well as placements in science and forecasting, we’ve placement opportunities in other areas of the business including HR, Marketing and Finance.

Our work experience opportunities run for one week in either June or July. Applications for work experience open in late autumn and the deadline for applications tends to be the end of January. We receive hundreds of applications each year so it’s best to apply early. By scheduling our work experience opportunities for one week in the summer term we can offer a large group of young people in years 10-12 a productive, useful experience. You will work individually with a single team at the Met Office but also work in groups, attending seminars and completing projects. But this does mean we’re unable to offer work experience at any other time of the year. Most of our placements are based in Exeter, and unfortunately we can’t offer accommodation.

Employability Scholarship

Together with The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Exeter University we are pleased to offer a joint employability scholarship to top performing students studying Computer Science.  The scholarship will assist students looking to gain experience and eventually employment in the IT sector. 

The successful applicants will receive:  

A dedicated mentor at the Met Office, to provide expert advice to the student on relevant areas of study, providing a practical perspective to their education.  This will take the form of a quarterly meeting.
Periodic work shadowing giving the student access to how we make use of IT and technology, giving a practical perspective to the student’s area of study.
£500 towards career development activities, to be paid in a lump sum at the start of their study at Exeter.
Agreed expenses to cover any travel associated with the scholarship.
Examples for assignments – The student will be able to use us as an example in coursework, projects, dissertations etc.
Discrete project / research work – When the opportunity arises, the student will have the opportunity to contribute, in a research capacity, to discrete pieces of project work driven us..
Summer and industrial placement schemes – We offer 12 week paid summer placement opportunities and 1 year paid industrial placement schemes in Technology Information Services.  The student would be eligible and encouraged to apply for these schemes.


Application deadline: 31st March 2014

Number of awards: 2

Value: £500

Duration of award: 1 year

Contact: Admissions Office:

How to apply  

To apply for a our Career Development Scholarship, you will be required to:  

  • Provide a full academic record (GCSEs and A-Level achieved and predicted grades) 
  • Provide a reference from a teacher or previous employer 
  • Write a 500 word (max) statement to demonstrate the following: 
  • How you would benefit from the scholarship 
  • What interests you in a career in IT, including what your career ambitions are and how the scholarship would help you achieve them 
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language 
  • Have a keen interest and actively keep up to date with current and future IT developments 
  • Any other information the applicant considers relevant to their application

Shortlisted applicants will be required to take part in a Skype/telephone interview to be held in April 2014.  

All candidates will be notified as to the success of their application by 30 April 2014. 

Find out more about The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Exeter University on their website.

Apply now on the Exeter University Website.

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To apply

All of our opportunities are advertised online, so keep an eye on our website or sign-up for our email alerts to make sure you don’t miss out.

Doctoral Training

The Met Office supports a number of doctoral studentships with key universities in the UK. We are partners in nine NERC Doctoral Training Programmes and three EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.

For prospective doctoral studentships, please use Find a PhD to find research projects which feature the Met Office as a partner.