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  • Audit programme
  • Corporate and Commercial Banking programme - Closed
  • Global Corporate Banking programme - Closed
  • Retail and Business Banking programme - Closed

Need more information? Visit our Graduates page.

  • Technology and Operations Programme - Open
  • Finance - Open
  • Audit - Open
  • Retail & Business Banking - Open
  • Corporate & Commercial Banking - Open
  • Global Corporate Banking - Open

Need more information? Visit our Internship page.

  • Technology and Operations (Degree Level) – Register
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  • HR (Higher Apprenticeship) – Coming soon
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Need more information? Visit our Apprenticeships page.

To apply for our programme register with NCS via the following link www.ncsyes.co.uk

The selection process

  • 1.0 Online Application

    The process begins with a short application form, to which you’ll attach your CV. Make sure you take a good look at the application criteria for the programme you’re applying for. You’ll also be asked to complete a Situational Judgement Test as part of this application form.

    We’re trying to bring out the best in you – so naturally be honest when filling out your answers! We’ll also be looking for accuracy – so check all your spelling and grammar before you press submit.

  • 2.0 Additional Testing

    If we like your application we’ll invite you to number of online tests depending on the programme you’ve applied for. They may be verbal, numerical or competency based. We’ll send you a link to your test with a set timeframe in which to complete it.

  • 3.0 Telephone Interview

    If your online test results are successful and you’ve shown you’re a good match for us, we’ll arrange a competency-based telephone interview with you. The call will take around 30 minutes – so you’ll find somewhere quiet and comfortable!

    The telephone interview gives you a chance to tell us more about yourself and show you have some of the key skills we look for in our people – motivation, interpersonal skills and intellectual capability. You might want to prepare some examples of how you have displayed these behaviours prior to the call.

  • 4.0 Assessment Centre & Interviews

    If you pass your telephone interview, you’ll be considered for an invitation to one of our exciting and challenging Assessment Centres. Here you’ll complete a variety of exercises to test your interpersonal skills – from group activities to presentations. You’ll also have a further interview with a senior manager who will be looking for evidence of the kind of behaviours that are so important to us.

  • 5.0 Outcome

    We’ll let you know as quickly as possible whether your application has been successful. We may ask applicants to the graduate scheme to meet with us for a final interview, depending on the business area you’re applying for.

  • 6.0 Offer

    If you’ve met all of our tests and challenges head on and we’re sure you’ll be happy as part of our team, we’ll call you to verbally offer you a position which naturally is subject to fraud, credit and referencing checks.

    Hopefully you’ll accept! We’ll make it official by confirming your position, location, salary and other important details in writing sent to your home address.

  • 7.0 Start Date

    Our graduate programmes all start in September 2017 and summer internships will begin in July 2017. Start dates for the apprenticeship scheme will be confirmed once you’ve accepted your offer.

Frequently asked questions

What are the qualifying criteria for an internship scheme?

To join one of our internship programmes you will need to be in your penultimate year of University and on course for a 2:1 degree. 280 UCAS points are also required.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?

We'll be in touch due course to let you know if you've reached the next stage of the process. Please keep an eye on your emails (please review your junk folder in case!), as this is how we'll contact you.

Is it possible to apply for more than one scheme at a time?

Absolutely! Candidates can specify first, second and third choices on the online application form. We'd advise really focusing on just one or two different schemes to tailor the best application.

What is the deadline for online applications?

This varies across the different schemes, so it's worth checking the website for each specific graduate programme for more information. Closing dates can change, and we read applications in the order we receive them - so sooner is definitely better!

If I’m unsuccessful, do you provide feedback?

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot guarantee feedback at every application stage. However, we do aim to give feedback to everyone who reaches the interview or assessment centre stages.

What happens if my SHL link expires?

It is important that you take the test before the deadline. We can reset the test in exceptional circumstances.

What are the assessments centres like

The exact format and structure of our assessment centres vary, but we always keep the numbers limited. There’s certainly no need to be nervous. We like to give you a wide variety of activities, and the best possible chance to shine on the day.

How do I re arrange my interview or assessment centre?

You will need to get in touch with us by telephone – we’ll be sure to provide the number along with any other information!

Will you pay my expenses if I come to an assessment centre?

Yes, we’ll reimburse your travel expenses up to the first £50. Make sure you keep all of your original receipts so you can claim your money back.

Do I need to open a bank account with Santander UK?

You don’t need a Santander UK bank account to apply. But we’ll open an account to pay your salary into when you join.

Do I need a National Insurance number?

Yes. You’ll need a National Insurance number in order to be paid. Please make sure you apply as soon as possible for this.

What if I have a disability?

Just let us know if you need any additional help at any stage in the selection process. You can do so by contacting us at graduate@santander.co.uk

I need permission to work in the UK – can Santander sponsor me?

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working

What are the qualifying criteria for the graduate scheme?

For a graduate scheme you will need at least 280 UCAS points and around a 2:1 degree. Check the specific programme page details to see which degree subjects we prefer.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?

We'll be in touch due course to let you know if you've reached the next stage of the process. Please keep an eye on your emails (please review your junk folder in case!), as this is how we'll contact you.

Do you pay relocation expenses?

A relocation allowance may be payable when you start work as a graduate - there are conditions to this to be paid - this will be discussed in more detail at the point of the offer.

Is it possible to apply for more than one scheme at a time?

Absolutely! Candidates can specify first, second and third choices on the online application form. We'd advise really focusing on just one or two different schemes to tailor the best application.

What is the deadline for online applications?

This varies across the different schemes, so it's worth checking the website for each specific graduate programme for more information. Closing dates can change, and we read applications in the order we receive them - so sooner is definitely better!

If I’m unsuccessful, do you provide feedback?

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot guarantee feedback at every application stage. However, we do aim to give feedback to everyone who reaches the interview or assessment centre stages.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the scheme?

There will be lots of opportunities open to you once you've completed your scheme. While we can’t guarantee a permanent job, we'll carefully explore all the different career options. Of course, whatever happens, you`ll have the skills and experience that will help you realise your future careers.

What happens if my SHL link expires?

It is important that you take the test before the deadline. We can reset the test in exceptional circumstances.

What are the assessments centres like?

The exact format and structure of our assessment centres vary, but we always keep the numbers limited. There’s certainly no need to be nervous. We like to give you a wide variety of activities, and the best possible chance to shine on the day.

How do I re arrange my interview or assessment centre?

You will need to get in touch with us by telephone – we’ll be sure to provide the number along with any other information!

Will you pay my expenses if I come to an assessment centre?

Yes, we’ll reimburse your travel expenses up to the first £50. Make sure you keep all of your original receipts so you can claim your money back.

If my application is unsuccessful, how long should I wait before reapplying?

You’ll need to wait six months before reapplying or applying for other positions

If I do not achieve a 2:1, will my offer still be valid?

Unfortunately not – but you may want to consider our non-graduate-scheme roles!

Can I defer my offer?

Unfortunately it’s not possible to defer.

What hours will I be expected to work?

Our contracts usually specify 35

Do I need to open a bank account with Santander UK?

You don’t need a Santander UK bank account to apply. But we’ll open an account to pay your salary into when you join.

Do I need a National Insurance number?

Yes. You’ll need a National Insurance number in order to be paid. Please make sure you apply as soon as possible for this.

Do you accept General Studies (A-level) as a subject?

Unfortunately we do not take into account General Studies when calculating your total UCAS points.

What if I have a disability?

Just let us know if you need any additional help at any stage in the selection process. You can do so by contacting us at graduate@santander.co.uk

I need permission to work in the UK – can Santander sponsor me?

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working

What is a higher apprenticeship?

A Higher Apprenticeship is a programme where you earn and learn at the same time. With our Santander higher apprenticeship scheme you will be able to study toward a degree while carrying out a key role in one of our teams and bringing your new knowledge into the workplace.

What qualifications do I need?

260 UCAS points, which could be from A-levels, BTECs or other qualifications, or equivalent work experience (which can include an earlier Apprenticeship). We ideally need these qualifications to be related to the degree in some way. We also need you to have a passion and desire for all things digital and tech. You will also need a G.C.S.E grade C or above in Math and English.

Will I earn a salary?

Yes you will earn a salary and you will be part of the Santander annual pay progression programme.

What do I do on a day by day basis?

You will rotate every 6 months working in different teams for the first two years to gain experience and expose of your wider subject area. You’ll be gaining technical skills, work experience, on-the-job learning and off-the-job learning, so you could find that no two days are the same. For many this is part of the excitement and the challenge of pursuing an Apprenticeship.

Will I need to buy and equipment?

No we will provide everything that you need.

Will I need to travel to attended lectures?

You will study online via a laptop that we will provide. You won’t need to travel to any lectures so you can study in an environment that suits your learning style to complete your lessons.

Will I actually get a degree?

Yes you will be rewarded with an honours degree on successful completion of the training along with the apprenticeship. You will even have a graduation ceremony to celebrate your success.

Will I get a student card?

Yes you will are a student so you will be issued with a student card to entitle you to discounts etc.

Do I pay any training fees?

No – that is all paid for you by Santander.

Do you pay relocation expenses?

No we don’t for the apprenticeship programme.

If I’m unsuccessful, do you provide feedback?

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot guarantee feedback at every application stage. However, we do aim to give feedback to everyone who reaches the interview or assessment centre stages.

Is this a permanent position?

Yes – if you are successful you will be a permanent member of the team!

What is the recruitment process?

Each stage has set criteria that you are required to pass before moving onto the next:

  • Application form
  • Online Assessment (SOVA)
  • Telephone Interview
  • Assessment Centre

What are the assessments centres like?

The exact format and structure of our assessment centres vary, but we always keep the numbers limited. There’s certainly no need to be nervous. We like to give you a wide variety of activities, and the best possible chance to shine on the day. You will demonstrate your skills through various exercises including a group exercise, case study and interview.

How do I re arrange my interview or assessment centre?

Our team will get in contact with you by phone or email to get you booked in.

If my application is unsuccessful, how long should I wait before reapplying?

You’ll need to wait six months before reapplying or applying for other positions.

I’m taking my A-levels this year – can I still apply?

Yes – as long as you will have your results before you start the programme. If you are successful we will give you a conditional offer based of your predicted grades. As long as you achieve 260 UCAS points or more you will be able to start.

What hours will I be expected to work?

Our contracts usually specify 35

Will I be given any time to study?

Yes you will be able to have dedicated time during the working week – normally one day per week based on the needs of the business to study towards your degree.

Do I need to open a bank account with Santander UK?

You don’t need a Santander UK bank account to apply. But you will need to an account if you are successful to have your salary paid into.

Do I need a National Insurance number?

Yes. You’ll need a National Insurance number in order to be paid. Please make sure you apply as soon as possible for this.

I need permission to work in the UK – can Santander sponsor me?

Anyone is welcome to apply for our schemes. However, in order to participate in any of these schemes, you will need to have permission to work in the UK. We don’t sponsor candidates for apprenticeship programmes, so you’ll need to obtain the appropriate visa yourself.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?

We'll be in touch to let you know if you`ve reached the next stage of the process. Keep an eye on your emails (please review your junk folder in case!), as this is how we`ll contact you.

What if I have a disability?

Just let us know if you need any additional help at any stage in the selection process. You can do so by contacting us at EmergingTalent@Santander.co.uk

How do I apply for work experience at Santander (UK)?

Santander offer our work experience opportunities through our partnerships with National Citizens Service (NCS) & Career Ready. To apply for the programme register with NCS via the following link www.ncsyes.co.uk

How long are the placements for?

We have 2 placement options:

  • 2 week placements available in April (over the Easter holidays) and July (during the summer holidays).
  • 6 week placements available in July (during the summer holidays)

Where are the locations of the placements?

Placements are available at our various sites across the UK.

Visit www.ncsyes.co.uk to find a placement near you.

What do I need to apply?

All you need is a hunger to explore the Financial Services Industry and the fantastic career possibilities that we can offer.

Our opportunities are taken really quickly so you need to be quick to apply.

What does the application process involve with Santander?

We will carry out a background check once you have filled out a short application form we will send to you via email with a link attached. We will also ask you to provide documents for these background checks.

Do I need any specific documents to progress?

You will need to provide identification documents, such as a Passport or a Full Birth Certificate and proof of your National Insurance Number. You will also need proof of address which can be a recent bank statement or a letter from your school.

Can I apply to do work experience more than once?

You are able to apply to carry out work experience more than once through NCS, however, it’s important that you get the most from your placement so we need to understand what you want to get out of your return placement.

What hours will I be expected to work?

You can be expected to work from 9am to 5pm however you are able to agree hours with your manager if you have prior commitments that are not able to be changed.

Do I need to open a bank account with Santander?

You do not need to open a bank account with Santander whilst you are carrying out work experience and any salary can be arranged to be paid into an account you already have.

How can I get in touch with the team?

You can contact us by emailing any enquiries or questions to EmergingTalent@santander.co.uk

What if I have a disability/learning difficulty? Will this affect my application?

Just let us know if you need any additional help at any stage in the selection process. You can do so by contacting us at EmergingTalent@santander.co.uk This will not affect your application at all. You’ll only be judged against your skills to carry out the placement, irrespective of gender, age, disability, race, religion & belief or sexual orientation. It makes good business sense to attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.

Will I get paid for my placement?

If you are with us for 2 weeks we will reimburse your travel and lunch costs.

If you are with us for 6 weeks you will receive a salary payment equivalent to the National Living Wage.

What will I do when I am on placement?

  • With access to our systems you will get involved in real life work
  • Attend and participate in business meetings
  • Complete the suite of Santander mandatory training
  • Develop your understanding of Santander (UK) and the Financial Services Industry
  • Complete 2 projects that you will deliver back to your business stakeholders
  • Participate in our employability development sessions.

Could I get a job with Santander (UK) if I carry out work experience?

If you would like to keep in touch with us on completion of your placement we will share future career opportunities with you directly. We hope that following your experience you will consider Santander in the next step of your career journey.