Entry to Management: Employers Guide

The Entry programme creates a unique opportunity for organisations to build talent and grow results through offering graduates a period of employment (24 weeks) in their organisations.

Entry to Management: Employers Guide

Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow

What is Entry to Management?

Entry to Management is Northern Ireland's longest established graduate management development programme which is building and developing leadership capacity within the Northern Irish economy. 

Graduates are employed by a business for a period of 24 weeks, where they will complete a business improvement project which will focus on return investment with tangible outcomes for your business. During the 24 weeks the graduate will work on a business improvement project, developing personal and commercial skills, while at the same time injecting new ideas and thinking into your business.

Results from our 17/18 programme are in excess of £1 million savings.

4 ways Entry to Management can help your business:   

1 Build Leadership Capacity and Help Develop Leaders of Tomorrow
Graduates have fresh skills and ideas which they can apply to your business to help it grow.  While they may not have all the experience of working in industry, what they can do is bring innovation, new thinking and energy into your business. 

2 Create Solutions to Business Issues
By employing a recent Graduate, you will get a completed business improvement project which once implemented will see return on investment for your company.  This creates an opportunity for you to develop long term solutions to existing problems built on a foundation of development and research. Graduates bring enthusiasm and new thinking into your business and can give your organisation the edge. Graduates can challenge existing process and develop smarter ways of delivery key aims. 

3 Build on your Reputation
Demonstrate your commitment to investing in new talent and developing their skills. This will increase the reputation of your business amongst customers, suppliers, peers and employees and will show your business is forward thinking. 

4 Develop Talent
Take the time and expense out of recruiting new employees.  Through the Entry to Management programme SERC will work with you to find a Graduate who is aligned to your business needs.  We will recruit and interview the Graduates, ensuring you have a high calibre of candidate. The placement process can act as a trial period of employment, allowing you to assess the Graduate and offering them a position upon completion of the programme. 


For more information please email entrytomanagement@serc.ac.uk or call 07769216643. Click here for more information. 


"Five of our Associates completed the programme during 2016/17 and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The employees have benefited hugely from the knowledge gained and the mentoring they received. Their business improvement projects have truly added value to the organisation and our senior managers are hugely impressed with demonstrable development of the graduates as well as the outputs of the projects. We are delighted to partner with SERC again this year." Sinead Carville, FinTrU

"The graduates proved to be extremely capable and an asset to the company, not to mention a credit to SERC. Our relationship with SERC helps us to recruit students who share the drive and ambition of Willis IRM to deliver the best advice and highest levels of service to our clients." Richard Willis, Managing Director, Willis Insurance and Risk Management

"In 2017 Devenish Nutrition launched a new structured Graduate Programme to support the continued growth and expansion of our business.  As part of the planning process for this we looked at innovative ways to both develop and integrate the graduates into the business while also planning for their and our future.  We found the partnership with SERC and their Entry to Management Programme to be an ideal addition, perfectly complimenting the internal training and support already planned for the graduates.  The mix of the leadership and management qualification, mentoring and business improvement project not only supported the transition from University into a full time role but also started the development process to enable them to hopefully be the managers and leaders of the future for us." Ryan Connor, Group People Development Manager, Devenish Nutrition

Employer Information

*It is a DfE requirement that employers who accept an Entry Graduate contribute £275.00 + VAT. Employers should also be aware that Graduates are employed under their T+C’s for the duration of the programme and 2 days induction and an interim peer conference for graduates are mandatory.