DHL Express Graduate Programme

Supported every step of the way by a mentor and our Certified International Managers, you’ll take on new responsibilities from the very start and be given the chance to manage teams and projects. Being Passionate with a Can Do attitude, getting it Right First Time and delivering at Speed for our customers and colleagues are the key attributes that drive us.​

Our graduates are empowered to take the initiative, actively get involved in different activity and achieve high impact results that really make a difference to our business, customers and the environment.​


Gain accelerated access to training and development opportunities to support managerial knowledge, skills and behaviors
Opportunities to lead, support and influence company projects and initiatives driving positive change
Dedicated Senior Leadership Team Mentor, who will support you throughout your journey
Gain experience working in a fast pace, Global organisation​

Helping you reach your potential​

Our graduates are empowered to take the initiative, actively get involved in different projects and achieve impactful results that really make a difference to our business,​ customers and colleagues.
One of the great things about our programme is that it provides you with a unique understanding of the overall business by rotating you though three business functions selected by you to broaden your knowledge. It’s all about being proactive and steering your own development – and that calls for drive and initiative.
To be a manager in our business, you need to have the right skills to be recognised as one of our elite Certified International Managers. So we’ll support your development to bring out the very best in you. With guidance from your own Certified International Manager and our managerial training, you will be equipped to become an incredible future leader
We have a huge amount of experience in helping each colleague make the most of their potential. We will create an Individual Development Plan with you to suit your needs and fit your journey in our business. Our focus is on hands-on development – you will do a real job with real responsibility from day one – and we’ll be there to support you and help you improve every single day.

Eligibility requirements​

  • Passionate and motivated to start a career in the logistics industry​
  • Ambitious and determined​
  • Confident communicator​
  • Good planning and organizational skills​
  • Flexible in approach to working styles, shifts, and roles​
  • Sensitive to diverse working teams and environments​
  • Fluent in English​
  • Must hold a valid UK driving license and mobile to relocate for placement whilst on the programmes​
  • Eligibility to work in the UK for the full duration of the programme​
  • Must have graduated with a minimum 2:1 classification within the last 2 years​

Phases of this program

Phase 1 – Induction (1 month)

Following your initial induction, you will continue to attend regular training and development to support your ongoing career journey. In addition, you will receive regular support from your dedicated business mentor from our senior leadership team.
Phase 2 - 4 – Functional Rotations (23 months)
The DHL Express business is made up of seven departments and during your journey you will have the opportunity to work across three of these functions. Your unique programme will be created by you and the graduate programme leadership – you will discuss the three departments best suited to you and then rotate through them over the course of the programme.
Board sponsored project

Whilst working within your functional rotations, you will be provided the opportunity to undertake a deliver a UK board-sponsored project. Our graduates are empowered to take the​ initiative, actively get involved in different​
projects and achieve impactful results that​
really make a difference to our business,​
customers and colleagues.​

The overall duration of program – 2 years 


Once you have decided to apply for the DHL Express Graduate Programme you will need to complete your application online. You will be asked to enter your personal details, together with your qualifications and a copy of your CV. 
If your application has been progressed following the application stage, you will be requested to complete a short online video interview. The purpose of the video interview is for us to understand your motivations and aspirations for working for DHL Express. It also gives us the opportunity to learn a little more about you. 
If you are successful following the video interview you will be invited to attend one of our Assessment Centre’s. Preparation is key but it’s also important that you are yourself and show us who you really are! We will contact you in advance with the details of what to expect.​​​​​​​

Once you have been offered a place on our Graduate Programme you will be invited to attend several our experience days. This will give you an opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn more about DHL Express and what to expect from the programme.​​​​​​​

Moments that matter @DPDHL 

"I was attracted to the DHL Express Graduate Programme as I hadn’t seen any other graduate schemes like this. Getting to experience Sales, Continuous Improvement and Marketing has been really valuable for me, getting to work on so many different projects within different teams.  Everyone at DHL is so welcoming and supportive and will make you feel super comfortable during the stages of your application. Also, DHL as a company really does care about you as an individual, so don’t be shy in showing off what makes you you!"
Victoria Whittaker​ Product Marketing Executive​
"During the Graduate Programme having the opportunity to lead and manage a variety of teams at different levels was fantastic. Additionally, the opportunity to have, and work with, a member of the senior management team as a personal business mentor is something that not many other businesses can offer.​
The first 5 weeks or so of induction were incredibly helpful​ for providing a grounding in the business and its different​ functions, all whilst giving us as a graduate cohort the​ opportunity to bond and learn together in a supportive environment."
Daniel Ingall Customs Key Account Specialist, Customer Accounting​

FAQs on the programme

Contact us
If you have any questions about our job opportunities and training programmes or the application process, you can simply call us or write an e-mail:

Recruitment and Talent Team 
 Phone: 01753 283700