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Graduate Programmes

  • We typically recruit graduates across our 3M UK sites into the following areas:


    • Engineering and manufacturing
    • Research and development
    • Business and sales

    Here at 3M we fully advocate a flexible team approach and respect that you are an individual with a private life outside of work. Our graduate programme enables us to look for our leaders of tomorrow. We therefore invest heavily in your training and support, as you explore your own potential and begin a fulfilling career with us.

    To fit into our relaxed culture you need enthusiasm and the ability and desire to be part of a supportive team. Drive and ambition will take you a long way in business, but 3M prioritises an innovative and liberating working environment. You’ll not only be given the opportunity to enhance your industry-specific skills, but also develop as a person - and 3M provides the platform on which to do so. We see the key to increased productivity as a happy, fulfilled workforce, so go the extra mile to ensure that this is the case for all 3Mers. You’ll be given real responsibility right from the start and you’ll have plenty of scope to explore opportunities throughout the organisation.

    The minimum requirements to join us on 3M’s graduate programme are:


    • The right to live and work in the EU
    • A minimum of 'B' in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications
    • A minimum of 300 UCAS points (BBB or A B C) at 'A' level/Scottish Highers or other equivalent qualifications (Excluding General Studies)
    • To have, or be on target to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree

Training and development

  • Our graduate development programme - Emerging Talent - ensures your career gets off to a great start by developing 3M's Leadership Behaviours.

    To give you a taste of the experience - you will ‘Play to Win' via a competitive business simulation exercise, ‘Prioritise and Execute’ by organising a team community event, and ‘Develop awareness of Others and Self’ during a personality profile workshop. By the end of the programme, you will be fully aware of your unique strengths and personal brand and be ready to develop the next phase of your 3M career.
    You will not only will you gain a good overview of 3M’s business, enabling you to move across functions at a later stage, but also build up a great network of contacts and friends to support you throughout your career. Training starts with a general introduction to the programme and talks by senior managers and continues throughout your programme.

    There are countless opportunities to grow and develop at 3M, helping you develop for both your current job and your future career. Here at 3M, we advocate a "70/20/10" framework:


    • 70% of your development should be experiential learning, or on-the-job development, where the employee develops specific skills to the suit the dynamic requirements of their role
    • 20% of development should be learning through others (via 3M’s coaching and mentoring schemes)
    • 10% of development should be through formal training

    In addition to this framework, 3M offers various career planning tools, including your own, tailored development plan, designed to build on your strengths and develop necessary skills and 3M’s leadership attributes.

    We also provide our graduates with the option to undertake a Further Education. You will be given the opportunity to gain further qualifications, right through to MBAs. Graduates are encouraged and supported to take relevant professional qualifications, including Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

    Here at 3M, we don’t just provide you with a graduate job, but with a work-life balance that enables you to join a community of likeminded people who make working here a flexible and fantastic experience.

Compensation and benefits

  • Applications for 3M’s 2019 Graduate Programme will open shortly.Graduate starting salary: £31,262

    In addition to a flexible work-life balance and the opportunity to work for one of the most innovative organisations there is, 3M offers the kind of competitive compensation and benefit options that you’d expect from a world-class organisation. Your total compensation includes benefit options and resources to help keep you healthy, happy and energised:


    • 25 days’ paid annual holiday, plus bank holidays (UK) or 22 days’ paid annual holiday plus bank holidays (Ireland)
    • Contributory pension scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Subsidised restaurant/cafeteria facilities (depending on location)
    • Sports clubs and social activities
    • Discount on 3M products
    • A work laptop
    • Reduced subscriptions to various schemes covering private healthcare, car insurance, etc
    • A free, confidential counselling and legal advisory telephone service, if needed
    • Financial support for further education

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