Instron Graduate Training Programme

Job location
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Job salary
Job term
Job closing date

Closing Date: When the scheme is filled

Our Programme

Each year, we seek talented graduates to join us at our European headquarters in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  We take a small number as we believe in giving you the visibility, responsibility and support to grow your career with us.  You’ll have the opportunity to take ownership of projects, you’ll get plenty of variety and a lot of support and development for your learning.

What You'll Learn

Our programme is designed for graduates who know they want to pursue a technical career but want the flexibility in a graduate training programme where they can try out several different technical roles. Our programme has three stages:

  1. Core Induction (2 weeks) - You will be introduced to your mentor, be trained in our products, learn about our customers and our business philosophies and spend some time on the science behind what we do.
  2. Business Orientation (12 weeks) - You will spend time in core parts of our business, meeting people and having a range of experiences from “a day in the life of…” to getting a complete overview of that part of our business.  This stage will help you to piece together how all the different parts of our business fit and work together.
  3. Assignments (up to 6 months each) - You will have the opportunity to choose three assignments in different areas of our business.  This gives you the opportunity to go back to a part of our business that really interested you in Stage 2 and spend more time there, trying out life in that part of our business.

Who Can Apply?

You must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in a suitable Engineering or Technical subject, we are particularly interested in applicantions from students studying Systems Engineering.

Or have an interest in engineering concepts and be thinking of a future commercial career e.g. Product Manager, Sales Support Engineer etc. Again a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject would be the minimum requirement (e.g. Engineering, Economics, Manufacturing).

The key competence we are seeking is that you can hold technical conversations with technical people who could be colleagues, customers or vendors.

You must also have a permanent and unrestricted right to work in the UK, without the need for any type of Sponsorship

Why Join Us

Instron® is a long established, successful organisation.  We also have the backing and support of our parent company, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), when making long term decisions.  In other words, we have the security of being a large organisation but our business is run autonomously, meaning you can make a real difference in your jobs.

It’s not a hierarchical business; One day you could be on the shop floor investigating a technical issue, the next day presenting to our Senior Leadership team what you discovered!

Our people tell us there are several reasons why Instron®  is a great place to work:

  • The variety of work and friendly atmosphere
  • We’re small enough that you can get involved in significant projects
  • We’re large enough that you could gain some level of international exposure
  • The breadth of industries and customers we serve as well as the wide range of requirements they bring to us
  • We expect people to be self-managing and trust them to get on with the job.  This means you are given a lot of responsibility to deliver results

We offer a market competitive rewards package that's been designed to make you feel a core part of the team.

You will also be assigned a mentor to support you throughout our graduate training programme. During your Core Induction, you will meet your mentor and, later, attend mentoring sessions together.

We offer a great range of development ranging from learning on the job through to internal and external run courses.  In addition to this you will also have access to e-learning to help learn our business philosophies.

Application Process

To apply, send us your CV and covering letter to quoting Grad 2017 and your name in the subject line.

The first stage will be for you to complete a short questionnaire about yourself and your experiences to date.  The next stage will be short telephone interview which will look to cover your motivation for Instron® as well as a few competency based questions.

The final stage will be series of face to face interviews at our site in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. This stage consists of:

  • A number of one to one interviews which will focus on your CV and any work experience you have
  • A tour of our European headquarters and manufacturing facility
  • A presentation and other tasks

Start date is mid-September each year.

Our applications process will close when we have filled our scheme, so apply early for the best chance of success.

Contact Details

Phone: +44 1494 456105



Post: Emma Rolfe, Instron, Coronation Road, HP12 3SY