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What is the NOVUS scheme?

The NOVUS scheme is an exciting, sector-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 a business degree, with a logistics and supply chain focus, and receive a range of valuable benefits provided by NOVUS, including guaranteed employment on graduation.

Who are the NOVUS Trust?

NOVUS is a sector-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.

NOVUS has won a number of awards for our work, such as the Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year (Retail Week Supply Chain awards, 2014), the Development of People prize (CILT Annual Awards for Excellence, 2014) and the PwC European Supply Chain Excellence award for excellence in Training and Professional Development. More recently, NOVUS has been shortlisted in the Talent in Logistics awards for the past two years for Training Team of the Year.


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.

Can I study another course or at another University?

The three NOVUS courses – those with a guaranteed job – are only available at Aston University and University of Huddersfield. NOVUS works with on a programme called “NOVUS Lite”, offering some of the benefits of NOVUS, but without the guaranteed job.

Why is NOVUS needed?

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

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. You may also need to be geographically mobile to benefit from the best opportunities.

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.

Will the placement or graduate role be near home?

The year-long industrial placement and the graduate post with a NOVUS company could be located anywhere in the UK. We will endeavour to accommodate mitigating circumstance where possible.

How much will I be paid?

During the third year industrial placement, you will usually be paid around £17,000 per annum. The salary for the graduate job will be competitive.

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 opportunities and networking events that will help you to develop.

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

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