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Creating the opportunity for professional development is a core part of the scheme. Trainees will be expected to focus on the development of their management and leadership skills through the placement activities, mentoring and training.

Trainees are given opportunities to work with senior members of staff, as well as the Scheme Director, to shape their learning and development objectives. There is a strong network of current and former trainees, who can provide guidance on development needs and possible career paths. In the second and third years, there is also the opportunity to support the management of the scheme including responsibility for recruitment, financial budgeting and mentoring roles.

Throughout the placements, trainees are encouraged to develop their skills through courses; these help provide general information about the College and equip individuals for senior roles. Examples of training courses available through the College’s Learning and Development Centre include:

  • Communicating for Results
  • Introduction to Managing Groups and Teams
  • Recruitment and Selection 
  • Information Security Awareness
  • Mental Health First Aid 

In addition the College can provide funding for external training courses and previous trainees have successfully completed courses in:

  • Project management (PRINCE2, AgilePM)
  • Finance (Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Effective Budgeting)
  • Technical (Microsoft Project, Data Analysis, Financial Modelling)
Imperial has been very supportive of my career development, including providing partial funding for me to take on a part-time CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting."


3rd year trainee


There is often the opportunity to attend conferences through the scheme run by external organisations. 

The College may also provide up to two-thirds of the funding for an appropriate professional qualification, for example a Chartered Institute of Marketing diploma or Certificate in Business Accounting. Trainees who wish to take advantage of this opportunity will be able to take the appropriate study leave to prepare adequately for course assessments.