Early Careers

Giving people a great start is one of the things we do best. Graduates or apprentices, at WHSmith, there’s a pathway for all.

Head Office graduate programme

Our rotational graduate programme gives you an unbeatable grounding in our business. Whatever profession or area interests you, we’ll help you realise your ambitions.

All your rotations will be relevant to the business area you join, and involve ‘real work’ and responsibility, right from the very first day. Expect a high-profile, cross-functional project, first-class on-the-job training, support via mentors, workshops and coaching, and feedback every step of the way.

Retail Management graduate programme

Here, our aim is to accelerate your retail career through a comprehensive, three-year development programme. This runs alongside on-the-job training and results in you achieving nationally recognised qualifications.

You’ll start by learning what it’s like to lead a team in one our Rail stores. Then, as your confidence and experience grow, you’ll take on ever-larger teams and stores, until you’re managing one of our biggest!

For both graduate programmes, results and performance are absolutely key. So motivation, commercial thinking, an entrepreneurial flair and strong numerical and analytical skills are a necessity. You’ll also need a 2:1 degree (minimum) – ideally in a retail or business-related subject.


Our brilliantly structured apprenticeship programme will give you the chance to learn and gain a nationally-recognised qualification, while working in one of our Travel stores or distribution centres. We partner with Remit Group for our apprenticeships, so to find out more about locations and to apply click here.

Want to know more

There’s lots of reasons to join our team. If you’d like to get a better understanding of some of the benefits available to you or to learn more about our excellent training, please click on the quick links below. You can also take a shortcut to an overview of our application process.

Our Benefits

Our Benefits

Our benefits include everything you’d expect and a few perks that might surprise you!

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Learning & Development

Learning &

There are no limits to where your talent and drive can take you with our training programmes.

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Application process


Ready to apply? We can take you through the next steps to complete the application process.

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