Graduates and placements


It’s no coincidence that we were named as one of the UK’s Top Graduate Employers (The Times). Many have joined us at graduate level and gone on to become senior leaders in the organisation and in their field. That’s because, from the moment you start, whichever area you work in, we invest in your learning and development to help you be the very best you can be.

We don’t restrict ourselves to a one-size-fits-all graduate scheme because we like to give you freedom of choice when it comes to the area that you’re interested in. There are graduate level opportunities across the organisation. If Science or Forecasting is where your talent lies, then you’ll love the opportunity and training that our Trainee Forecasting or Foundation Scientist courses can offer. But that’s just one of many ways that graduates help drive our business. Marketing minded? Great commercial acumen? Finger firmly on the financial pulse? Wherever your skills lie, we’ve a wide range of opportunities for graduates. Have a look at our career options to find out more.

Summer placements

We’re the UK’s National Weather Service, a world-renowned meteorological organisation with an international reach. From Forecasting to Finance, Programming to Project Management, the breadth and depth of the work that goes into our forecasts is fascinating. And you could be a part of it. Our three-month summer placements are the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on work experience and get a valuable insight into the things we do. Opportunities are open to those who have recently graduated from university or finished their A Levels and those currently studying.

There are a range of placement opportunities to suit different skills and interests. Science and Forecasting are two of those, but we also have a variety of opportunities in other business areas such as Marketing, Finance, HR, Technology and Information Services and many more. Joining us, you could work on a specific project or as part of one of our talented and friendly teams. Previous placement students have worked on our Weather Desk, developed software applications, designed and ran their own campaigns, completed studies with our health team and worked on interesting climate and forecasting projects.

And it’s a great opportunity to learn from experts in their field. We won’t throw you in at the deep end, there’s always someone around to offer you advice and guidance but we’ll also give you plenty of freedom and responsibility to make a real impact here. It’s stimulating, challenging and hugely rewarding. We think you’ll be amazed at just how much you can learn in three months!

Applications are closed whilst the programme is on hold for 2020 - please consider signing up for job alerts to be notified of when applications next open or check back on our vacancies page.

Industrial Placement/Technology Graduates/Digital Apprentices

Industrial Placements

Our Industrial Placement scheme is open to those studying a degree with a significant numeracy, science or IT element to it and would like to spend a year in industry. The 12-month programme offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience and absorb information from around 400 of the UK’s most talented and enthusiastic IT professionals. You will work across a diverse range of areas within IT, developing and learning skills through a clear training plan and working with a variety of teams. You will get to see first-hand what a £97 million Supercomputer can achieve. Our Supercomputer is the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

The Met Office values the contribution made by industrial placements and therefore there is the opportunity to return after obtaining your degree as a Technology Graduate.

Applications are now open for our 2020 opportunities - please see our vacancies page for more info.

Technology Graduates

The Technology Graduate scheme offers previous industrial placements the chance to return to the Met Office on successful completion of their undergraduate degree. You will undertake a 12-month training programme split into three 4-month placements with different teams across Technology. This will broaden your previous experience and knowledge whilst also developing your network of contacts that can be so valuable in your future career.

On completion of the training programme you will be placed in a team on a permanent basis. This scheme is designed specifically to enable the Met Office to invest in and encourage the growth of talent.

Digital Apprentices

This graduate apprenticeship scheme offers the opportunity to work in our Technology department learning a broad level of capability and developing your career whilst obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions course, taught by and awarded by the University of Exeter.

This 4-year apprenticeship will see you experiencing a wide range of fields within IT throughout the first 2 years followed by specialising in one area for the final two years.

Open to those who satisfy the entry requirements set by the University of Exeter, these are typically having obtained AAB at A-Level or equivalent.

Work experience

Anyone aged between 14 and 17 can come and spend a week with us to get a better understanding of what we do – much more than the weather forecasts you see on the television. Through group work, attending seminars and completing projects, you will see what it is like to work for a large, world-leading organisation. Our Work Experience Programme will help you to think about your career plans and will show you how what you study at school is used in the workplace.

By scheduling our work experience opportunities for one week in the summer term we can offer a large group of young people in years 10-12 a productive, useful experience that will help to prepare them for the workplace. Unfortunately this does mean we’re unable to offer work experience at any other time of the year.

To apply, you will need to complete an online application and you will receive an outcome shortly after the closing date. We receive hundreds of applications each year so it’s best to take time to complete your application to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Applications have now closed - please consider signing up for job alerts to be notified of when applications next open or check back on our vacancies page.

Doctoral Training

The Met Office participates in the doctoral training of students to help to train the next generation of weather and climate scientists. Students working with the Met Office have the opportunity to work with leading weather and climate scientists to do Science with impact, where improved understanding or modelling may eventually be used in future climate projections or weather forecasts. Over the past decade, more than 60 PhD or DPhil students have completed their doctorate having been supported by the Met Office on a wide range of projects, reflecting the breadth of research the Met Office undertakes. Past projects have ranged from tackling the mathematics of modelling the atmosphere on different types of grid, to improving our understanding of physical processes in our atmosphere and how weather and climate impact people, infrastructure and resources.

The Met Office supports a number of doctoral studentships with key universities in the UK. We are partners in nine NERC Doctoral Training Programmes and three EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.

For prospective doctoral studentships, please use Find a PhD to find research projects which feature the Met Office as a partner.