Graduate Scheme, apprenticeships and internships

22 March 2017

Ofcom is at the cutting edge of modern communication - from broadcasting on TV and radio, to telecoms and how we communicate with each other, to new wireless technologies. Our graduates play a key role in all of these areas. Join us, and you will get involved from the start.

On the graduate scheme, you will embark on a two-year series of intensive job placements, moving regularly between projects and departments to ensure that the knowledge and insight you are exposed to is as broad as possible. So one week you might be devising new policy directives; the next, monitoring content standards. On successful completion of the two-year scheme you will make the transition into one of the business areas.


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Graduate Scheme 2017: Economist pathway applications

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Graduate Scheme on the Economist pathway.

As a graduate economist, you will be working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams from day one to help ensure our policies have a sound economic foundation and deliver a real, long term benefit to consumers. Your personal development is also important to us, so you will also receive support and training as you grow in your role. During your two years on the programme, we offer four six-month placements moving between projects, industry sectors and teams within Ofcom, to ensure that the competition, consumer and regulatory issues that you are exposed to is as broad as possible. Potential placements include the Competition Group, the Financial Economics Team, Spectrum Group, Consumer Group and the Chief Economist Team – but irrespective of the placement, you will get to make real contributions from the start.

As well as direct experience of applied economics, our graduate programme also provides a gateway into competition and regulatory economics more generally. Many of our colleagues choose to stay with us, with many taking on more senior roles as their experience grows. Others find opportunities elsewhere, including in consultancy, industry, other regulated sectors, competition agencies such as the CMA, Central Government, European bodies, or a return to academia.


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On the 2016 scheme there is the opportunity to follow a generalist, finance, IT, economist, technologist or spectrum engineering pathway. Join us and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped make a difference to the future of communications.

Those who join us embark on a series of intensive job placements across different business areas. Graduates move regularly between projects, sections and departments to ensure that the knowledge and insight they're exposed to is as broad as possible. So one week you might be involved with new policy directives; the next, monitoring television content standards. Based at our London office (Riverside House) for the duration of the scheme, there may also be opportunities to gain experience in other parts of Ofcom, including the national and regional offices.

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree. Whatever your degree discipline, whatever your skills and whatever your interests, there is a wealth of challenge and stimulation on offer at Ofcom.

As an Ofcom Graduate you will receive all the benefits open to our colleagues and you can find out more on the what we can offer you page.

You will also receive a comprehensive graduate induction, where you will:

  • learn about Ofcom's role and responsibilities;
  • gain a full overview of how Ofcom is structured;
  • meet key people and spend time in different areas of the business;
  • develop sufficient understanding of legislative policies, processes and procedures;
  • explore the skills and behaviours needed for effective team working and making the transition from university to work; and
  • navigate Ofcom's systems and premises.

Your learning as an Ofcom Graduate is ongoing throughout the scheme. You will receive a combination of planned development throughout your rotations in subjects such as: Introduction to Regulation; Influencing and Communicating; Project Management and Strategic Thinking; along with training tailored to suit your individual development needs and access to a mentor during your rotations.


The Generalist pathway is wide and varied, ranging from Market Intelligence to Government and Parliamentary Business. As such there is no ‘right’ degree to have studied. Strong academics coupled with a willingness to learn and enthusiasm are a must. Work experience in a relevant area would put you in a strong position.

Spectrum engineers

Engineers play a central role in supporting Ofcom's strategic direction, influencing national and international regulatory policy for spectrum, promoting competition, innovation and efficient spectrum use. We apply advanced engineering knowledge and modelling to complex problems across a range of dynamic technologies and markets which use the radio spectrum to provide services which are of considerable importance to the UK economy, citizen and consumer ( e.g. mobile phone networks, broadcasting, air traffic control, wireless microphones, etc.)

As one of our team of highly-skilled engineers you will advise on engineering issues and across the range of Ofcom activities related to both national and international spectrum management. This could involve the use of a range of software tools (such as MATLAB, mapping software, and radio planning tools) to predict the coverage of a 4G mobile network, or to determine if a new technology may cause interference problems to existing users of the spectrum.

You are likely to have a degree in mathematics, physics, engineering or similar subjects.

Communications Technology pathway

New technologies are a key enabler of new products and services and drive completion in the markets we regulate.

As a member of the Technology team you will develop a broad understanding of a range of technologies, from broadcast radio and TV through to mobile networks and the Internet.  You will work with colleagues across Ofcom to ensure the impact of new technologies are fully understood and taken into consideration when developing new policies and regulation. You will develop skills in data analysis as well as learning how to communicate complex ideas and information to a variety of audience both inside and outside of Ofcom.

You are likely to have a degree in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering or similar subjects.



Economists play a central role in setting Ofcom's strategic direction, developing and applying regulatory policy, promoting competition and carrying out market investigations. We apply advanced economic thinking to complex problems in a range of dynamic, high-profile markets which are of considerable importance to the UK economy.

As one of our team of highly-skilled economists you will advise on economic issues across the range of Ofcom activity in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors and in management of the radio spectrum.

An economics-based degree, particularly covering modules in microeconomics, industrial organisation, and /or regulation would be ideal.


As a Finance Graduate you will embark on a series of intensive job placements - moving between the four teams within Finance: Financial Control, Financial Planning and Analysis, Planning & Performance and Commercial - to ensure that the knowledge and insight gained is as broad as possible. There will be a variety of day-to-day and project work including financial systems, budget preparation and monitoring, payroll, pensions, treasury, commercial (procurement), management reporting, internal audit, accounting and performance reporting.

The position is a two-year fixed term contract, during which Ofcom will provide study support for an appropriate finance qualification.


A professional organisation like Ofcom relies heavily on ICT services to support and enable all aspects of their duties and work projects. The internal ICT team are responsible for ensuring the quality and availability of the relevant ICT services at all times. They are also responsible for the forward looking strategy and constantly balancing the needs of the users, security and costs available.

The internal ICT Services team is looking for dynamic individuals to help deliver, support and communicate those services across the whole of Ofcom. You need to be interested in how ICT trends and technology can help Ofcom and may have a related technology/computer degree, or you may have other relevant degree enabling you to communicate and analyse the needs of the organisation and relate to technology services available.

Here is what some of our current and past graduates had to say about working in Ofcom.

Open to candidates who have a keen interest in the communications industry and would like to gain experience of working on the intern pathways that we offer, short term placements expected to last between 4 and 8 weeks are now open for applications.

2017 Internship roles are likely to be available in three business areas; our Economist, Technology and Spectrum, and some of our General Policy teams. These areas and the work involved will closely match some of the pathways detailed above for our Graduate Scheme.

With field engineers based around the UK, the Field Operations team ensures that the radio spectrum is kept free of interference. Ofcom has recruited a number of apprentices to join the Field Operations team and work alongside the field engineers while studying for their HNC.

The scheme

The apprentices who join the Ofcom Apprenticeship Scheme undertake a two-year programme during which time they become an integral part of the diverse Field Operations team.

The apprentices spend time in the field being mentored by an experienced engineer, and deal with real day-to-day issues, ranging from small-scale local domestic TV interference through to problems with the communications systems of the emergency services and mobile phone networks.