Imagine serving local residents and communities, contributing to the success of a multi-million pound organisation and developing to become a leader of the future.

Each year we hire a small number of graduates and provide a bespoke Graduate Development Programmes, tailored to the strengths and aspirations of each individual.

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Graduate Development Programme

You can register your interest for our September 2023 Graduate Development Programmes intake and we’ll get in touch with you when we are open for applications in October 2022.

Register your interest in our 2023 Graduate Development Programmes.

Who we look for

We’re an ambitious organisation and we want our graduates to share our ambitions. Graduating in any degree subject, you will be in your final year of study or have finished your studies within the past two years, and will have or be predicted a minimum of a 2:1 degree. Your personal skills will be just as important. Determined and focused, you will be a natural at building relationships and inspiring others. You’ll also need adaptability, ideas and initiative, strong problem-solving skills and confidence in your own ability. Above all, you’ll have the commercial aptitude and desire to take us forward. We are looking for people who demonstrate Sanctuary’s values and behaviours and in particular show a high degree of potential in the following areas:
  • Commercial aptitude
  • Ambition and drive
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Decision making
  • Creativity
  • Influencing
  • Problem solving and analysis
Sanctuary is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion . We particularly encourage applications from people who are Black, Asian or minority ethnic or disabled.

What's in it for you?

Rewards and benefits

We offer a competitive salary, a generous contributory pension scheme and a range of other benefits including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, life assurance, leisure and retail discounts and exclusive employee offers through our MyRewards scheme.

Learning and development

Your learning and development will be a priority at Sanctuary. You’ll have a comprehensive induction, where you will be introduced to several senior leaders throughout the business and visit a range of our operations across the UK. Throughout your time on the programme, we’ll make sure you have the right balance of on-the-job training, more formal learning and professional development.

After the programme

From Corporate Services to Development, Supported Living to Housing, our former graduates work across all areas of the business. Your future is in your hands. We’ll be expecting you to have the ambition and focus to progress within Sanctuary and have a significant impact on our operations. Your development doesn’t stop when you complete the programme, and we will continue to nurture your potential and help you to realise your career aspirations.

Application process

The application process is as follows:

1. Complete an online application form

2. First stage interviews

3. Pre-assessment Centre Meeting

4. Assessment Centre

Top tips for applying

We receive a high volume of applications, so it is essential that your application stands out from the crowd.
  • Do your research. We want to hear why you are passionate about wanting to work for our organisation and how your values and behaviours align to Sanctuary’s values and behaviours
  • Carefully check your spelling and grammar and proof read your application before submitting it – do not rely on spellcheckers to auto correct words
  • Ensure you sell yourself, demonstrating your passion and enthusiasm for both our organisation but also the programme you are applying for
  • Use short, succinct sentences and paragraphs which are easy to follow and focus on answering the question

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Donna Williams

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Nathan Griffiths

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