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Graduate Training

Invitation to bid for GMTS Trainee(s) for March 2021

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) is a long standing and highly respected scheme with Alumni working across the NHS, some in very senior roles including the current Chief Executive of NHS England and NHS Improvement.

We are delighted to confirm the next intake cohort of GMTS trainees will be March 2021 and welcome NHS organisations to submit bids to host GMTS trainee(s) in the following specialism:

  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • GMTS Finance Apprenticeship (previously Finance Mangement)

We encourage collaborative/system placement bids to cover the duration of the GMTS trainee time on the scheme and ask for a lead host organisation to submit the bid on behalf of the partnership/system.

If you would like to host a GMTS trainee for the March 2021 cohort, you will need to complete the online statement of commitment form by Wednesday 7 October 2020

The following documents have been developed to provide details of the process for bids submission, assurance process of bids and trainee allocation: 

We recommend that you read the GMTS Assurance Guidance and related appendices and speak to the North East and Yorkshire (NEY) GMTS team prior to completing the online statement of commitment form.

All successful bid applications unable to fulfil requests to host a GMTS trainee in March 2021, will carry forward for September 2021 cohort intake.

UPDATE - Finance Management Specialism planed change paused.

There had been plans for the existing GMTS Finance Management specialism to change to change to a Level 7 Apprenticeship scheme initially as a pilot for trainees joining GMTS from March 2021.

Following careful consideration, it has been decided to pause the pilot GMTS Finance Apprenticeship for March 2021 intake to enable more time to work through the practicalities of implementing in future intakes.

The March 2021 intake will continue to be a normal GMTS Finance intake.

If you have any questions, please contact the NEY GMTS team directly:

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

GMTS is hosted by the NHS Leadership Academy.

The purpose of the GMTS is to identify, recruit and develop talented individuals who have the potential to become future leaders in the NHS.

The award-winning scheme has been running for more than 50 years and its alumni include three out of the last four NHS Chief Executives, including the current NHS Chief Executive. The scheme recruits between 150 and 200 trainees a year to its two-year programmes, which offers a fast track blended learning experience, consisting of rotational work experiences across the NHS, professional qualifications, and personal learning and development.

The scheme is hosted by the national NHS Leadership Academy but delivered in partnership across the NHS system by the Academy to provide an integrated and holistic learning experience for trainees.

The scheme is leading edge in its design and delivery, utilising a full range of learning approaches, and sets the standard for fast track leadership development at “entry level management and leadership” in the NHS. It is continually updated to reflect the changing nature of leadership development and our evolving healthcare system.

On the scheme you will benefit from mentoring support, first class training from some of the most brilliant minds in and outside of the NHS and the opportunity to gain a fully-funded postgraduate qualification.

Your training and study will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to equip you to change processes, inform big decisions, make vital savings and improve lives. Ultimately, this scheme can lead you to senior board level roles in the NHS.

Applications for the September 2021 intake are now open to individuals ready to take a step towards becoming a future NHS leader.

To find out more about the scheme you can visit the central GMTS website or join one a dedicated live webinars.

For external applicants:

4 November 2020 - 15:30-16:30

11 November 2020 - 13:30-14:30

For NHS in-service staff:

21 October 2020 11:30 – 12:30

5 November 2020 – 11:30 – 12:30

To register to for an event visit www.graduates.nhs.uk/events



Meet our GMTS Intakes

Click on the short videos below to meet some of our graduates and find out more about them, why they joined the scheme and what they hope to achieve.