The Gist Graduate and Industrial Placement schemes are designed for ambitious individuals who are serious about rapid career development. The schemes enable people to experience working for a wide range of our customers, whilst developing their business and people management skills within a structured development scheme.

Our schemes are critically important to Gist’s growth strategy, as their aim is to produce our managers of the future who will challenge the way we do things and help drive our business forward. A wide range of individuals are involved in ensuring our Industrial Placements and Graduates succeed; from management at the site through to Head Office, as well as the trainees themselves.

Our schemes

Operations Management (Grad)

A placement over two years will give you exposure to the heart of our operations in Warehouse and Transport - with the opportunity to experience our wider business functions.

Applications currently closed.

Operations Management (IP)

Operations Management - Industrial Placement

A well-structured 12-month scheme based at any of our UK depots with experience in Warehouse, Transport, as well as exposure to our wider business functions, such as Global Freight and our Network Planning Centre.

Applications currently closed.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing (Grad)


Fast-track your way to becoming a qualified occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing manager with our Graduate Scheme.

Click here to apply. 

Applications close 31st May 2022. 


On this 12-month scheme you will assist in the delivery of IT projects, both at Head Office and at our operational sites, and work with users and clients to help deliver our solutions.

Applications currently closed.

Sustainability (IP)


An opportunity to be part of a journey to make a real positive and sustainable impact.

Click here to apply. 

Applications currently closed.


Business Solutions (IP)


On this 12-month scheme within our Consulting, Project Management, and Business Analysis teams, you will work with current or potential customers to transform their supply chains, using cutting-edge technology and solutions.

Applications currently closed.


Human Resources (IP)

Human Resources Graduate Scheme

A 12 month placement working alongside an HR Team at one of our sites, getting to grips with the fundamentals of generalist HR including recruitment, absence management, grievances, disciplinary processes and performance management.

Applications currently closed.


Alice, Operations Management Graduate

Alice, Operations Management Graduate, Gist

My journey with Gist

"I started my journey with Gist when I joined the Operations Management Industrial Placement scheme in Thatcham. Since finishing my Business Management degree at Cardiff University, I have returned to Gist to join as an Operations Management Graduate at Hemel Maylands. My current job role is a Warehouse Team Manager.

I was unsure about what sort of role I would like to go into but knew an Operations Management placement would give me the opportunity to learn about logistics, as well as gain the confidence to manage a team of people. 

During my time at Gist my people management skills have developed the most; when I first started, the idea of managing people who were older and more experienced than myself terrified me. After a lot of support from other managers, managing a warehouse of operations quickly became second nature.

Moving from Thatcham to Hemel Maylands has allowed me to experience a different contract which will set me up well for my future career, and I can't wait to work in other parts of the business.

I was surprised at how much responsibility I was given at Gist, even as a placement student. While at Thatcham, I had my own team of operatives which allowed me to develop my management style.

For anyone wanting to apply to Gist, my main tip would be to remain people-focused. Showing your interest in people and their development throughout the interview process will set you apart. Good Luck!"

Vicky, Operations Management Graduate

Vicky, Operations Management Graduate
"From the day one of the Graduate scheme you're given lots of responsibility. The support given to you by the Early Talent team, your peers and your mentors is invaluable and they're able to guide you at every step of the way. Equally you're given plenty of opportunity to make your mistakes and learn from them - ultimately supporting your development."

Vicky - Operations Management Graduate


Reade, Operations Management Industrial Placement

Reade, Operations Management Graduate
"The broad experience I have gained has surpassed my expectations and is something I have truly relished. My daily role sees me manage a team of up to 40 people. Being a 20 year old student, this helped me to quickly and efficiently develop new skills and helped mould me into the confident manager I am today.

Reade - Operations Management Industrial Placement

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