Entry to Management: Graduate Guide

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

Entry to Management: Graduate Guide

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.

Entry to Management is shaping the leaders of tomorrow by enabling graduates to develop key skills in the workplace such as project management, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and team work; setting you on your journey to become a future leader.

The 24 week programme will match you with a top NI employer and allow you to inject new ideas and thinking into the business. You will develop personal and professional skills, earn a graduate sala

Last year 97% of graduates gained Full-Time employment upon completion of the programme.

Is Entry to Management for me?

If you are a graduate and are looking to progress your career then Entry to Management is for you! It doesn't matter when you graduated or what your background is, as long as you are a highly motivated individual with career aspirations then we want to hear from you. We will consider those who have graduated with a HND, Foundation Degree or Degree, as long as you are ambitious and interested in a career in Management.

Benefits of Entry to Management 

Entry to Management is delivered by SERC who are passionate about educating and developing the leaders of tomorrow. There is no cost to undertaking the programme and you can benefit from:

  • 24 week paid placement with a reputable employer
  • Invaluable industry experience
  • Earn a graduate salary
  • CMI Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • Opportunity to secure full-time employment
  • Increase earning potential
  • On-site mentoring and support from a professional mentor

What does Entry to Management involve?

Throughout the 24 week employment period you will be expected to complete a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management. The CMI Certificate will enable you to strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on personal development and undertaking a management pro

ject with tangible outcomes for the employer. This programme will help build talent and increase your employability and earning potential.

Programme Overview

  • 24 Week Programme
  • Paid employment
  • CMI qualifications
  • On-site mentoring
  • Complete a business improvement project which delivers real results

Am I eligible for the programme?

To be eligible for the programme you must:

  • Hold a minimum Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree or Degree)
  • Have the right to work in the EU
  • Hold an appropriate visa (if applicable).


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How do I apply?

If you have met the entry requirements mentioned above apply for the course now. You will be asked to complete an application form and along with information for your CV. 

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2019. Following this we will be holding two open days to provide an insight into the programme. This will provide you an opportunity to meet staff and programme mentors. This is when we will provide you with the next steps of the application process.


Student Testimonials

“The course was very informative and has innovated my thinking within a business. It has opened up many opportunities for me and my career path as the competencies I have gained will be utilised for years to come.” Katy Rice (Down Sauce)

"The Entry to Management programme has helped develop key skills and thought processes that will no doubt be priceless throughout the rest of my career. Aided by enthusiastic co-ordinators, it is an experience I would recommend to anyone." Wayne McGuigan  (FinTrU)

"Thanks to my experience at SERC I have landed my dream job (or something like that), as a GIS and Planning Technician. They commented that they were impressed with the CMI qualification and that’s what got me the role. So for that, thank you!!  I’m not sure I’d be in the same position without my time here at SERC so I am very grateful." Lucia Devon (SERC)