Graduate programme

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Teneo’s London graduate development programme has been running for nearly 15 years. Our approach is to develop consultancy careers and our trainees stay with us for many years.  You will develop wide ranging skills across strategic consulting, reputation management, financial consultancy, political and regulatory advice and communications campaigning. 

Successful applicants have a chance to work for companies as broad ranging as Facebook, Tesco, Accenture, Coca-Cola, eBay, Nissan, Instagram, McDonald’s, AstraZeneca, National Grid, O2, RBS and the RNLI.


 What you will learn

You will receive the best possible training and development opportunities.  Our investment in you is considerable.

The 12-month programme will begin in September 2019 with two intensive weeks of training. You’ll meet a variety of experts within the business and learn skills that will be needed for your new role as a Trainee Consultant. Beyond this, you’ll receive regular training sessions throughout the year, to ensure you are constantly developing and flourishing within your role. Throughout the programme you will be fully supported by the graduate development team, your personal talent manager and a buddy.


 What we look for

  • A genuine interest in strategic consultancy and communications.
  • A proven ability to be proactive and self-starting
  • An ability to pinpoint insight that leads to intelligent and creative problem solving



Three steps to success

Step 1:  Intellectual curiosity

Complete the application form – all fields are required. On the form, you will need to include a statement of no more than 400 words, demonstrating your thirst for knowledge. This needs to cover how in your everyday life you seek out knowledge and new experiences, and what insight, learning, and different ways of looking at the world have you gained from these experiences. We also want to know how you share that knowledge with those around you.

Remember, we are looking for intellectually curious people with a passion for problem solving, insight and creativity. At this stage, we want to hear about you, your interests and achievements to date. Later in the process we’ll ask you to tell us what you know about our company and the industry.

Application forms sent without the ‘thirst for knowledge’ statement will not be accepted.

Closing date: Midnight on Friday, 21st December 2018


Step 2: Understanding and passion for reputation management and communications

In mid- January, we will contact the candidates we would like to invite to the next stage – approximately 50. If selected, you will then be asked to:

  • Provide a short written (400 words max.) or 2-minute long video response (MP4 format) to demonstrate your understanding of the sector and the challenges and opportunities you see for communications. It might be helpful to think of an example of an interesting piece of work, or a campaign, you have heard about and why it worked well.
  • We will then invite 35-40 candidates to come to our offices to learn about us, our work and our clients. This visit will also provide an opportunity to meet our staff and the graduate team. You will have a short interview, engage in a team exercise and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

Date for your diary: Wednesday 6th February 2019, all day


Step 3:  Assessing potential

Of the candidates who impress us most, 15-20 will be selected to attend a full assessment day. The purpose of this is to simulate, as closely as possible, some of the activities you will be involved in if you join us. At times, you will be working in groups and at others individually. The only thing you are required to prepare in advance is a presentation in response to a selection of topics provided to you seven days beforehand.

You will find out whether we want you to join our team a few days after this final assessment day.

Date for your diary: Wednesday, 13th February 2019, all day

Start date: The candidates we invite to join us will start in early September 2019


Any questions?

For further information about our programme, please email and one of the graduate recruitment team will get back to you.

Applicants must be available for both assessment dates listed above.

Please note that applications will be considered across the group but with a focus on our London office.

All applications require the candidates to work, live and possess the right to remain indefinitely in the UK. If you are unable to fulfil the criteria, we very much regret that we cannot consider your application.

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Meet some of us

Liam Bell

Liam Bell

The graduate programme, much like the company as a whole, is a meritocracy and a springboard to genuine career progression. You’ll get the chance to learn, develop and progress. All grad schemes advertise this as a feature. Few actually deliver it. The pace of work is brisk and you’ll almost certainly feel intellectually challenged. The culture is uniquely collaborative. And the people are among the best and brightest in the industry. I made a spur of the moment decision to apply for the grad scheme more than eight years ago. It transpired to be one of, if not, the single best decision I’ve made in my life.

Emily Westcott

Emily Westcott

The graduate programme has given us an unparalleled start and has laid the foundations for a fantastic career in communications. I can’t believe how much I learnt in the first six months, going from a complete novice to knowing I can make a valuable contribution across the company in such a short space of time is a great feeling. But the best thing about the consultancy has to be the incredibly nurturing atmosphere, which combined with an ambitious yet modest culture, makes the opportunities for personal and professional development endless.

Shona Buchanan

Shona Buchanan

I joined as a graduate in September 2015 attracted by the opportunity to work in a fast growing, entrepreneurial business with a broad focus on reputation management. I have had the opportunity to work on some truly interesting projects and high profile clients. I work alongside and learn from talented, motivated colleagues from a diverse set of backgrounds in finance, media, consulting and corporate affairs. I have already learnt so much about the industry, how businesses operate and need to navigate the changing media landscape. The work is strategic, fast-paced and challenging but incredibly relevant and rewarding. Graduates here benefit from working closely with a small client specific team and learning directly from some of the best in our industry. This early exposure to clients and communications experts is not available in many other graduate programs, particularly in such a welcoming environment.