Graduate Programme

Each year, we seek a number of graduates to join our Graduate Programme based at our European headquarters in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK.

As a Graduate Trainee you will follow a structured training and development programme for up to two years. You will have the opportunity to take ownership of projects, gain experience in a wide variety of disciplines and benefit from continual support, training and mentoring throughout the programme.

Working at Instron you will be part of a global brand with the opportunity to influence and define your own future within a worldwide organisation. Your career can take any shape and path. Our company spans across the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities – the possibilities are limitless.

Our programme is designed for technical 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. 1. Core Induction (2 weeks) You will be introduced to your mentor, be trained in our products, learn about our business philosophies and spend some time on the science behind what we do.
  2. 2. Business Orientation (approx. 3 months) You will spend time in core parts of our business, meeting people and experiencing "a day in the life of..." or getting an overview of that part of our business. Together with some other planned learning experiences, this stage will help you to piece together how all the different parts of our business fit and work together.
  3. 3. Assignments (up to 18 months) You will have the opportunity to choose up to 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.
You must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a suitable Engineering or technical subject.

This could be in a broad-based subject (e.g., Cybernetics or Mechatronics) in a specific traditional subject like Materials Science, Mechanical or Electronic Engineering, or in a specific non-traditional subject like Automotive Design.

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.

Instron is a long established, successful organisation and we have the resources of ITW behind us to support us in making the right 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.

Instron is not a hierarchical business; one day you could be on the shop floor investigating something, 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:

- Variety of work
- The friendly atmosphere
- We’re small enough that you can get involved in significant projects
- We’re large enough that you can gain some corporate and international experience
- 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.

We are currently accepting applications for our programme.To be eligible to apply, you must have permanent and an unrestricted right to work in the UK and have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a suitable Engineering or technical subject.

Please be aware that we will ask for proof of your right to work in the UK and evidence of your degree certification before you join us.

To apply, send us your CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

The first stage will be for you to complete a short questionnaire about yourself and your experiences to date.

The second 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 exercise

Can I apply by post instead of email?
Yes. Our address is Instron, Coronation Road, High Wycombe, BUCKS, HP12 3SY

Do you accept applications from international students?
Yes, provided you have the required legal authority to work in the UK on a permanent basis. See UK Borders Agency for more information.

What training and development will I receive in the Graduate Programme?
We offer a fully structured development programme for our graduates. For more details please visit What You'll Learn.

When does the Graduate Programme start?
Our Programme starts in September.

How will you get in touch with me?
Our initial point of communication will be through email. We may contact you by phone later in the process.

Does Instron reimburse travel expenses for attending interviews?
Yes, we will pay up to a certain amount towards your travel costs. Please bring receipts or a note of your mileage when you attend any interviews. We will arrange to reimburse you within a few days.

If you have any further queries please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help you.

We are currently accepting applications for our programme. To be eligible to apply, you must have permanent and an unrestricted right to work in the UK and have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a suitable Engineering or technical subject.

Please be aware that we will ask for proof of your right to work in the UK and evidence of your degree certification before you join us.

There will be further information and details to follow. If you are interested and wish to apply, send us your CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

Michael Graham

Michael Graham - Graduate Engineer

Working at Instron:

I started on the Graduate Scheme in September 2015 after completing a 12 month placement in R&D as part of my degree. In my short time here, I have worked on some interesting projects in the marketing and engineering departments, including creating marketing videos, and designing our next generation system accessories.

What does your role involve?

In my current role in Servohydraulic Product Development, I have been using CAD and FEA packages to design and develop a prototype high-temperature loadstring, and I will now be carrying out testing to prove concepts and assess performance. The work is very varied and I'm encouraged to look at problems from a system level in order to find the best solution.

How did you become a Graduate Engineer?

I completed a four year MEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, and was lucky enough to complete my sandwich placement here at Instron. On returning to University, I was part of the Formula Student Team - giving me some excellent hands-on problem solving skills. I returned to Instron on the Graduate Scheme after graduating.

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