kick start your career with retail graduate scheme

Kick start your career with the Mitchells and Butlers Retail Graduate Scheme

Fancy running your own business in one of our market-leading brands? Well, with our Retail Graduate Scheme, you could do just that! We’re always looking for driven and passionate graduates with retail or hospitality experience to become one of our future star Managers.

Find out from current Retail Grad, Sasha, what it’s like to take part in the scheme.

‘Work hard in Mitchells and Butlers and you will be rewarded’

Whilst studying at University, Sasha worked part-time in a pub business and progressed to supervisory level. As her passion for hospitality grew, she decided to develop her knowledge within the sector further and apply for the Retail Graduate Scheme. Sasha’s first appointment on the scheme with Premium Country Pubs at the Deer Park in Leeds but since then she moved to another Premium Country Pub in the Midlands.

Retail Grads drive their own progression over a period of 18-24 months, gaining the leadership skills needed to manage a team and run a successful business. “Once I received my first project on the scheme, I knew that in order to make my mark I had to give it my all. This was social media posting for the business, so I subsequently put together a structured social media calendar for my General Manager, whilst also detailing how this would help drive sales.

My investment of time and effort was noticed by my Area Manager who realised I was worth investing time and training on. This resulted in a great relationship between the two of us, with him playing a huge part in my development”, says Retail grad Sasha who has been on the scheme since October 2016.

As part of the scheme, grads attend workshops to develop their managerial skills, whilst also being an opportunity to network with other grads. “Workshops create a solid support network for those currently on the Retail Scheme who all share similar ambitions to progress within the company. Meeting with likeminded grads is very beneficial, as we are all going through the same process and it’s useful to hear some great advice that can really help your development on the scheme”, Sasha says.

Sasha’s advice for future Retail Grads? - “Learn to embrace every opportunity even if it’s a little daunting as this will help progress your management skills further- work hard in Mitchells and Butlers and you will be rewarded!”.

Preparation is key

Interested in applying for the scheme? Make sure you read Recruitment Manager, Susan Bayley’s top tips to ensure you’re fully prepared for your interview:

  • A Mitchells and Butlers Recruitment Manager will contact you early on in the process and they will assist you every step of the way – If you require more information or some advice they are always more than happy to help.
  • Read your information pack thoroughly well in advance, as it provides everything you need in order to be prepared for your interview. You will be required to do some pre-prep work so give yourself enough time to complete this to the highest standard.
  • Search online for advice on assessment centres as although daunting, the more research you do prior to attending one, the more confident you will feel on the day.

Retail Grad Dates and how to apply

We recruit all year round for our Retail Graduate scheme and have businesses nationwide, so we look to place you within a business that is suitable to develop your skills. This may require some location flexibility within a defined geographic area, therefore the ability to drive would be desirable, but not always essential

See below the dates we run assessment centres. If you wish to attend a date please apply at least 4 weeks before, ideally 6 weeks to guarantee your place. This then allows your application to be processed and the 1st stage video interview to be completed and screened.

London Wed 21st Feb 2018
Leeds Wed 14th Mar 2018
Birmingham Weds 28th Mar 2018
London Wed 4th Apr 2018
Glasgow Wed 18th Apr 2018
Birmingham Wed 25th Apr 2018
Bristol Wed 2nd May 2018
Leeds Wed 9th May 2018
Birmingham Wed 6th Jun 2018
London Wed 13th Jun 2018
Leeds Wes 20th Jun 2018
Birmingham Wed 18th July 2018
Bristol Wed 1st Aug 2018
Newcastle Wed 8th Aug 2018
Birmingham Wed 29th Aug 2018
London Wed 5th Sept 2018
Leeds Wed 12th Sept 2018



If you dream of becoming a General Manager of your own pub, bar or restaurant then we’d love to hear from you! From traditional pubs, city centre pubs and a variety of restaurants – we’re confident we have the perfect role for you. To start your Retail Graduate Scheme application today, click here.

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