This is
a world-changing opportunity

Met Office Graduate Development Scheme

This is
a world-changing opportunity

Met Office Graduate Development Scheme

World-class development.
Real-world impact.

From Forecasting to Technology, Science to Engineering, Marketing to Corporate Services and more. If you are considering your next steps after university, the Met Office Graduate Development Scheme provides a vast range of incredible opportunities to launch exciting, world-changing careers. This scheme will provide a fantastic introduction to the Met Office and Civil Service. You'll then have the freedom of choice when it comes to the area that you’re interested in. Offering personal development opportunities and real-work placements, you'll follow a bespoke programme with a support system that will help bring the very best out of you.

Applications for our 2024 cohort are now closed. Please come back in September 2024 to apply to join our 2025 cohort.

Current vacancies
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How it works

The scheme lasts between 12-24 months. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have access to a range of specialist guidance to help you discover your strengths and embark on a successful career path. You’ll begin with a focused, immersive induction into the Civil Service and the Met Office, developing ways to balance life and the scheme effectively in a hybrid world. This will be followed by structured training and bespoke, placement rotations that focus on your chosen profession, to help you identify where your interests lie and the skills you need to develop, to thrive on the scheme and beyond.

What you'll need
You’ll need to be educated to a degree level, or equivalent and we need passionate people who share our values. So, if that sounds like you, there’s a world of opportunity waiting for you at the Met Office.

Real-world experience

You’ll work within functioning internal teams with Met Office experts on real-life, world-changing projects, to help you expand your knowledge and build your skills. You’ll gain invaluable, first-hand experience and take on real professional responsibilities from the start. And you’ll be encouraged to explore and supported every step of the way through personal coaching to discover your passions and create a fulfilling career.


A world of opportunity

Investing in people is key to helping us be a force for good in the world and after completing the scheme, we encourage you to explore where you’d like your new skills to take you with a potential permanent role. We recognise that everyone is different, and your development plan will be tailored to you with the support, coaching and tools you need to ensure that you can maximise your time and continue to develop in your first role and beyond.

Meet some of the team

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Hiu Yan Chong

Graduate Trainee

I first came here on an Industrial Placement in Cyber Security and enjoyed it so much that I joined the Graduate Scheme, after leaving university. Something amazing is that the Met Office really values people and encourages you to thrive within the organisation and thrive as a person. They support you to take time to learn the skills you need to develop personally and professionally, and everyone is so warm and welcoming.

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Jess Pringle

Graduate Building Surveyor

Moving from university to the working world can be exciting and scary. But the Met Office has made the transition as smooth as possible and supported me through it. While there is a lot of expertise and different skills within the organisation, the Met Office really cares about everyone individually. Starting my career at the Met Office is one of the best decisions I ever made, and it is a great place to work.

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Keiran Wheatley

Graduate Trainee

I started in Operational Technology; I've worked in the IT Asset Management team and I'm about to join the Flood Forecasting Centre. Right from the start I’ve had so many opportunities to learn and develop my skills in areas I’m interested in, to help further me both in my role and in my long-term career. I've been able to revise for cyber security exams, and Microsoft courses, and I was able to achieve my ServiceNow Certified System Administrator certification!

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Rebecca Holliday

Graduate Trainee

There’s so much more to the Met Office than I could have ever imagined. There are so many opportunities for career development, and I’ve been encouraged and inspired to explore and build a solid foundation in multiple sectors. This prevents me from getting siloed into one area of the company, meaning my work, wherever I end up, will be interdisciplinary and will encompass an understanding of all stages from data collection to reaching customers.

Our graduate recruitment process

We aim to keep our recruitment process as personal and efficient as possible. We are focused on fair and equal resourcing practices and pride ourselves on an inclusive approach.

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1. Application

Complete a values-based application form which shows you what our values are and how you meet them. We might use some Psychometrics at this point too if necessary.

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2. Interview

Your interview will focus on the Met Office values, what they mean to you and whether you can work in line with them. We'll also discuss the scheme in more detail, including our expectations.

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3. Offer

If you are successful, the graduate recruitment team will contact you to offer the role, following this up with an offer letter and a guide to starting with the Met Office.

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4. Onboarding

During the time between the offer and your first day, we'll provide you with a key contact who'll be able to answer any questions, offer guidance and ensure that you're ready to start your career with the Met Office.

Current vacancies

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