How to Apply
How to Apply

FAQs

What is the NOVUS scheme?

The NOVUS scheme is an exciting, industry-led initiative that offers a great opportunity to develop a career in a vital area of business management. Under the scheme, students will study for an industry-focused BSc (Honours) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management or BA (Honours) in Business with Supply Chain Management at the University of Huddersfield, or a BSc (Hons) in Business and Supply Chain Management at Aston University, and receive a range of valuable benefits provided by the NOVUS Trust – including guaranteed employment on graduation.

Who are the NOVUS Trust?

NOVUS is an industry-led charitable trust, administered by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT UK). NOVUS was formed by industry to attract, develop and inspire new talent to work within the field of supply chain management.

What are the NOVUS scheme benefits?

The NOVUS scheme has the following benefits:

  Guaranteed graduate job with a sponsoring company

  Course designed and delivered in partnership with industry

  Paid vacation and third year placements

  Industry-led seminars and site visits

  Company mentor throughout the course

The NOVUS scheme sounds too good to be true. Is it true?

Yes! The NOVUS scheme really is an excellent opportunity to study for a degree secure in the knowledge that you will enjoy a range of valuable benefits and that it will lead to an interesting and rewarding career with a leading employer.

Why is NOVUS needed?

The logistics and supply chain industry is one of the most important, sophisticated and vibrant industries in the world and is underpinned by the latest technology. To keep up with the pace of change, the skills, capabilities and knowledge of industry leaders have to be second-to-none and the industry will require many more talented people. NOVUS has been formed to help attract and develop these people.

Which companies are in the scheme?

The NOVUS scheme is backed by many leading manufacturing, retail and logistics companies, with the number and brands growing all the time. For a full list of our sponsors, go to our sponsors page.

Who will I be able to work for?

On graduation, you will receive job offers from one or more of the NOVUS sponsor companies. It is up to you which offer you choose.

Is the job really guaranteed?

NOVUS will guarantee the offer of a graduate job with at least one of the sponsoring companies on successful completion of the course. To qualify for the guarantee, you will need to achieve a minimum of an Upper Second Class degree (2:1) and satisfactory references from your placement employer, company mentor and academic tutor.

If I don’t get a 2:1, will I still get the job?

The guarantee applies to students achieving a 2:1 or above. If you do not achieve this, you may still receive a job offer from a NOVUS company, but it is not guaranteed.

Can I get a job in another company?

You will be expected to accept a graduate position with a company that is a member of the NOVUS scheme.

What is in the course?

The four year sandwich courses have been designed through partnership between the University and industry to ensure that it provides the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies to succeed as a manager within the supply chain.

You will learn how leading companies organise and manage the planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics of their supply chains to ensure business success, gaining unique insights into operational and strategic supply chain theory and practice.

Can I do a different course?

The NOVUS scheme is limited to the BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management and BA (Hons) Business with Supply Chain Management courses at the University of Huddersfield and a BSc (Hons) in Business and Supply Chain Management at Aston University.

When can I start?

 Courses start in September each year.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made through UCAS in the same way you would apply for any university course.

How will you decide who gets a place?

Candidates with good projected A Level or BTEC results and a strong personal statement will be invited to an interview, run by NOVUS sponsor companies. Activities will include an interview, a group exercise and a presentation. Applicants that perform well will be offered a place on the scheme.

What if I don’t get a place?

Candidates who miss out on a place on the NOVUS scheme may be offered a place on an alternative transport, logistics or supply chain management course at University of Huddersfield, or may be eligible to take the course without the NOVUS guarantees at Aston University. If you perform well in your first year, you may be offered the opportunity to transfer to the NOVUS scheme.

What will the mentor do?

You will be provided with a company mentor, drawn from one of the NOVUS companies. The mentor will provide support and encouragement to students in the practical aspects of their studies, personal and professional development, work experience and career development.

Will the placement be near home?

The year-long industrial placement with a NOVUS company could be located anywhere in the UK. 

How much will I be paid?

During the third year industrial placement, you will usually be paid around £16,000 per annum. The salary for the graduate job will be competitive.

What about learning and assessment?

You'll learn through participation in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, role play, case studies, projects and site visits. Students will also take part in innovative, industry-based projects and will have the opportunity to present work to a professional audience. Your progress will be assessed through reports, essays, presentations, exams and case study analysis.

Will NOVUS assess my work?

Your work will be assessed by the academic institution, in accordance with University regulations.

Is it NOVUS or the University that will issue my degree?

The degree qualification will be issued by the University.

Will NOVUS pay the fees?

No. Course fees will be payable for the degree course, financed through the student loan system.

Is it all work and no play?

We expect you to work hard, but believe that it should be fun, too! There will be regular social evenings and, of course, there is the graduation ball.

Where do I get more information?

  For information on studying at the University of Huddersfield, visit: https://www.hud.ac.uk/

  For information on studying at Aston University, visit: http://www.aston.ac.uk/

For general enquiries, email Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager: bethany.fovargue@ciltuk.org.uk