Not sure what you want to do with your degree?
Our Graduate Training Programme will give you a broad taste of the main areas of commerce, in a small business setting. Get the experience you need to build a career you’ll love.
By the end of our scheme, you’ll be able to operate and grow a small trading business.
Choosing a career and discovering what journey you want to follow is not easy. The truth of the matter is that you’ll only find out through experience and that’s what you’ll get from our Graduate scheme.
Expert Labels is a small company. We fully accept that might put off some people, but many people realise the unique benefits you get when you work in a small organisation.
Bigger is (not always) better
Places on large, corporate training programmes are highly sought after, but working in a small, growing business like ours has unique advantages:
If you believe opportunities in a small business are limited, consider this:
That’s not to say we want you to leave – we want your talents for years into the future – but we understand the security of having employment options.
Our reason for existing is to help organisations identify things. Here are some of our better known clients.
Expert Labels have been around since 1994 helping customers all over the UK (and a handful overseas) to:
We want to grow and we need high quality people like you who want to learn how to run and grow a business.
People are what makes work enjoyable. The team here at Expert Labels are here to help you learn and develop as quickly as possible.
We believe in family and life outside work – but when we’re at work we are hard-working, reliable and conscientious.
Our culture is one of mutual respect, learning and experimentation. We’re relaxed and flexible – keen to support you, safe in the knowledge that you have the best interests of our business at heart.
Another key success factor is a team that is open and honest where everyone’s voice is heard.
Placements are based at our office in Suffolk. All three placements are full-time and last around six months – a total of 18 months.
All graduates start with six months in commercial services. Here you’ll learn about our products and suppliers, put together quotes and process orders, so you can run the day to day operations of the business.
Part of your role during this phase is working with new enquiries. At the beginning you’ll get to work with small leads whilst you build your confidence and skills. By the end of your six-month placement, you’ll be dealing with all enquiries, large or small.
This is the heart of our business – working with customers, understanding products and dealing with suppliers. From here you gain a firm grounding in the business – providing the knowledge needed for future roles on the graduate scheme.
“The good thing about the commercial role is seeing an enquiry go from call through to samples to quoting and on to completion. You get to help the client throughout the project – and at the end of it they’re really happy with the difference it makes to their business.”
One of the most valuable tasks in a business is recruiting excellent new team members.
Throughout the three stages of the Graduate Scheme you’ll be involved in the training and recruitment of new people. This might be keeping track of job applicants, assessing applications, working with interns or interviewing and assessing potential new team members. You might help with contacting universities and managing the internship programme.
When applying – use reference GTP2023 on your covering letter.
We believe the strength of a team depends on the personal bonds between team members. We also understand that ideas and improvements come about through chance encounters away from the desk.
To encourage these chance encounters, we enjoy regular Friday drinks and opportunities to socialise.
Projects give you a chance to make a long term contribution to our business – in parallel to your day-to-day work. Not only that, you’ll have some excellent material to add to your CV. Projects provide an opportunity to take an idea and see it through to completion.
Examples of projects include developing sales of a new product or opening up a new overseas market. Others might include process improvements – such as setting up a new IT tool or creating a new training process.
Many of these projects will grow into important parts of our operations or new products or markets. Indeed, some will grow to a full time position or new business.
When you join the graduate scheme you’ll be coached and mentored by your predecessor with extensive input from other members of the team. As soon as possible, you’re given responsibility to do the job – working alongside your mentor.
We have a progressive, self-paced learning programme, where you learn skills to do your job.
Each week you’ll receive a one to one meeting with your mentor or the company owner. This is where we discuss your progress, identify lessons learned and iron out any problems you might be experiencing. You’ll receive feedback to help you develop in your role and with the team.
Once you’ve mastered your current role, you’ll start passing on your knowledge to junior members of the team. This teaching not only helps your successor but firmly embeds your professional knowledge.
Another part of our culture is cross-support. With all graduates learning all aspects of the business – we are able to support one another in the event of illness or if you are having to take time off.
The Expert Labels Graduate Scheme is a permanent position with us. The goal of this scheme is to prepare you for working permanently with us. At the end of the scheme you can:
Congratulations for reading this far. We hope you like what you’ve seen.
Tell us what makes you keen to work with us at Expert Labels and what skills you believe you can share with us. Are there any placements on the scheme you’re particularly looking forward to working in? Tell us what you’ve succeeded at in life.
As you’re a great employee and student your previous teachers and managers will be only too pleased to talk to us!
Finally, with references taken up – we’ll send you a job offer and arrange a start date.
Updated 11 Aug 2023