Our vision of being “The Logistics Company for the World” is a goal we can only achieve with the growth of a diverse workforce. Therefore, our nationwide Graduate Programmes are tailored to evolve leadership and people management skills, aligned with rotational placements, exposure to multiple sectors, yearly pay increases and Graduate training modules. From the moment you start with us, you will be given real responsibility in the warehouse and transport operations – whether that’s for people, budgets, projects, or processes, you’ll have the support to take on challenges and drive the company forward.
At the core of our business is our operations. You’ll be fast-tracked through multiple sectors understanding the critical supply chain of our warehouses and transportation operations. Future Leaders are enrolled in our global supervisory academy, where you'll discover what it takes to manage and lead our front line making an impact to our customes and society.
3 x 12 Month placements
Our functional HR Programme, will provide you with exposure to talent acquisition, compensation & benefits, performance management, and employee development. Whilst aligning your development with CIPD level 5 your placements will exposure you to multiple sites and contracts.
2 x 12 Month placements
Building your knowledge through our functional finance programme you may undertake positions such as a Finance Assistant, Business Analyst, or Finance Manager, or be involved in large-scale Finance Projects which you support & manage. Placements align with your development and CIMA level 7 qualification.
3 x 12 Month Placements
During our functional Project Management Programme, you will manage the overall planning, control, status reporting, stability, and project delivery of live projects. Engaging with our customers and stakeholders to develop innovative solutions and deliver high-impact results. Your development will be aligned with APM and ITIL Foundation.
Project placements 3 Year Home-based
In our Functional IT Management Programme, you will develop your business, and commercial understanding by building transferable skills using solutions design, project management, and change management. You will manage and support the delivery of many IT projects.
2 x 12 Month placements
Our functional Procurement Programme provides experiences in both Buying and Contracting helping to drive quality and value. You will procure a whole range of areas including assets, supplies, skills, and services for the business to continue its smooth operation. During your programme, you will obtain CIPS level 4.
Contract & Buying placements
Midlands & North West Regions
Sales & Marketing
Understanding the core of the business operations, how we market ourselves, grow our customer base and improve capabilities with our existing contracts is the experience you will obtain in our new Sales & Marketing programme as well as working towards a Sales level 4 qualification.
2 x 12 Month Placements
To find out about our programmes and take the opportunity to speak to our Graduates and register for one of our upcoming open events
16/11/21 | 10:00 – 11:00 |
Register Here 30/11/21 | 10:00 – 11:00 |
Register Here 09/12/21 | 1:00 – 2:00 |
We know growth goes hand and hand with making change happen. Our Graduates have the opportunity to get involved DHL UK Foundation, to make an impact on youth unemployment. Graduates also are leading the way with our sustainability goal of Zero Emissions by 2050 and becoming go green specialists. Not only are we making a difference to the world outside of work, but we also have business-wide initiatives to improve our inclusion, one of the many things you can be involved with is the diversity movement and be a part of the Race, LGBTQ+ and Female networks. Finally, as this is a nationwide programme we have built a Graduate community; including buddies to help find your feet, mentors to guide, and culture to encourage you and your peers to discuss, learn and lead.
What to do next?
Applications are live from the 15th November 2021 for a September 2022 start date.
For any questions regarding our DHL UK Graduate Programmes take a look at our
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Our application process is two way; for us to learn more about you and your way of working, and for you to understand whether DHL is the right organization for you. We do not have a minimum degree grade requirement and welcome all Graduates of all ages and disciplines.
Once you have decided which Programme to apply for you will need to complete an online application. You will be asked to enter personal details, together with qualifications and work experience. You will also be asked some specific questions relating to the minimum criteria for the Programme so please ensure you meet these before applying.
2. Strengths Journey
Once you have completed the application stage, you will be progressed to our DHL Strengths Journey. This is designed to assess how you would handle situations that you would encounter in the role you are applying for. It has been developed as a bespoke tool for DHL and is based on real-life situations which our Graduates have experienced.
3. Job Simulation
If you pass the DHL Strengths Journey, you will then be invited to complete a Job Simulation. The purpose of the Job Simulation is for you to showcase your real self, whilst completing a role-relevant DHL scenario. This will also give you an insight into situations you could experience as a DHL Graduate.
4. Experience Day
Following the Job Simulation, if you are successful, the final stage of the process is the Experience Day. Preparation is key, but it is also important that you are yourself and show us who you really are! We will provide you in advance the details of what to expect on this day.
Hear it from our Employees
"We as an industry are on the cusp of a seismic change in many areas, from the technology we use to what our teams look like and how we interact with each other. The rule book is being torn up in aid to face head-on the changes and challenges that are coming our way and I feel excited to be in a position to be leading that change."
Senior Planning Manager
"At DHL Supply Chain I was lucky enough to study for my CIPD qualification which enables me to become an associate CIPD member. Moreover, the HR Graduate Scheme has provided me with the opportunity to work across numerous functions within HR such as; Compensation and Benefits and the Talent Centre of Excellence. This helped to pinpoint the areas of HR which I enjoyed the most and overall, the experience highlighted how the HR function adds value to the organization."
"DHL's Impact on sustainability can be seen through improving facilities to include more sustainable options such as solar panels, wind turbines, better heating solutions, etc. This impacts improving our emissions at the site level which we are also exploring with our transport footprint as well and working to reduce through new technologies such as electric vehicles, CNG gas trucks, and bio-methane trucks."
Sustainability Manager Ireland and Northern Ireland
"The Future Leader’s graduate scheme is structured in a way where I have been trusted with a great level of responsibility. It enabled me to be pushed out of my comfort zone, which has allowed me to continue growing to become the leader I aspire to be. The opportunities provided enable me to progress through levels of management and responsibility."
Future Leaders Graduate
"During my time with DHL I have learnt just how important it is to be able to inspire others to give their all. During challenging times, having the people skills to motivate and influence others is key, particularly when working in a large site with colleagues who may not always realise how much their individual role contributes to the overall success of the operation. In difficult times a lot of people look to you for leadership, so knowing how to motivate, reassure or support others at the right time and in the right way is crucial."