Open Programme
Open Programme
Open Programme
Open Programme
Open Programme
Open Programme

The OPEN Programme

Developing Graduates into valuable employees requires skill and resource. Today’s graduates expect a clear career development pathway and quick career progression. In the past it took decades for a graduate to move into a management position – today the average time is just seven years!

Discovery Graduates works with forward-thinking organisations, like yours, to deliver structured pathways to graduate development. Our graduate development scheme, The OPEN Programme, offers your company a specialised, highly-focused development programme for graduate employees.

74% of graduates who have completed The OPEN Programme since 2009, are still working for the company we placed them with.

How does your organisation benefit?

Graduates on The OPEN Programme are:

  • More self-aware
  • More motivated
  • More productive
  • Better equipped to deal with real business situations
  • More likely to stay with the organisation

Some of the larger organisations we work with have their own graduate development programmes, dedicating large teams of staff to specialist graduate training. But for many companies, an in-house development scheme is not a viable option, whether due to company size, structure, industry or a lack of resources.

What is the OPEN Programme?
The OPEN Programme supports graduates in their transition from academia to working life, equipping them with the skills, and encouraging the behaviours that their employers most value.

The OPEN Programme is delivered by our sister company, Discovery Performance, which is an approved Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre. Candidates who complete the programme are awarded a Level 3 Certificate by the ILM. (See below for course dates)

According to a recent CIPD report, only 13% of employers feel that schools, colleges and Universities are very good or good at equipping students with the skills their organisation needs.

The OPEN Programme runs for 12-18 months and  includes three residential, experiential learning modules. Each module is carefully devised to help graduates understand and focus on their strengths and their areas for development.

How do your graduates benefit?

The OPEN Programme is designed to be challenging, exciting and rewarding for graduates, pushing their development right from the very start of their careers. With an emphasis on self-development, accountability and delivering results, the programme develops key business and personal skills, including:

  • Communicating and influencing
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • Team working
  • Leadership

Graduates are enrolled on the programme alongside graduates from other organisations, and in small groups they work together to develop the skills they need to become valuable employees. Working in partnership with specialist training companies, we teach graduates skills they can start to use in their jobs straight away, making a real impact.

Programme Dates

The Spring 2017/18 OPEN Programme Dates

Induction Day: Thursday 4th May 2017
Module 1: Sunday 4th June – Wednesday 7th June 2017
Module 2: Sunday 3rd December – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Module 3: Sunday 3rd June – Thursday 7th June 2018

The Autumn 2017/18 OPEN Programme Dates

Induction Day: Thursday 19th October 2017
Module 1: Sunday 12th November – Wednesday 15th November 2017
Module 2: Sunday 20th May – Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Module 3: Sunday 11th November – Thursday 15th November 2018

The Spring 2018/19 OPEN Programme Dates

Induction Day: Thursday 15th March 2018
Module 1: Sunday 15th April – Wednesday 18th April 2018
Module 2: Sunday 14th October – Wednesday 17th October 2018
Module 3: Sunday 14th April – Thursday 18th November 2019

To find out more about The OPEN Programme, call us now on: 0121 665 4060 or email: