Parents, Teachers and Advisors

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If you’re a parent, teacher or advisor to a young person considering their future, you can’t decide their career for them – but you can help them realise it. Our Emerging Talent programmes strive to provide young people from all backgrounds with the support, skills and opportunities they need to become future leaders in their chosen careers.

This area provides plenty of useful information to help you support them in the most effective ways possible.

  • Workwise

    Our workwise programme is designed to help young people with the skills they need to realise their futures and we have already delivered sessions to 2253 students. Led by dedicated volunteers, it’s a highly engaging workshop environment that encourages active participation and interactive learning.The scheme is split into three modules, with sessions tailored for 14-16 year olds and 16-18 year olds.

  • 1. Introducing the world of work

    This module is all about exploring social media, job boards and other job-searching methods

    2. Getting the interview

    Here you’ll learn the best ways to apply for jobs and secure your interview

    3. Getting the job (or not!)

    In this module you’ll develop your interview techniques – along with advice on what to do if you don’t get the job

  • Find out more

    If you’re interested in organising a workwise event at a school or college near you, message us at

Frequently asked questions

What are the qualification criteria for each scheme?

To join us as an apprentice, they’ll need at least two GCSEs at grades A to C including maths and English or equivalent. For the Degree Apprenticeship, 260 UCAS points at A level in Maths, English, Science, Business Studies or IT.

Interns have to be in their penultimate year of university (2nd year of a 3 year degree or 3rd year of a 4 year degree) and on course for a 2:1 degree. 280 UCAS points are also required.

For Graduate schemes, at least 280 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree are required. Check the specific programme details to see which degree subjects we prefer.

Do you pay relocation expenses?

We don’t usually pay relocation expenses.

When is the deadline for online applications?

This varies across the different schemes, so it’s worth checking the page schemes pages on this site for more information. Closing dates can change, and we read applications in the order we receive them – so sooner is definitely better!

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.

How can I help them prepare for a telephone interview?

We’ll send some guidance when we invite them. It’s important to remember the interview is not intended to catch them out. We want them to perform the best they can, so encourage them to research us and make sure that they’re familiar with the details they included on their application form.

How can I help them prepare for online numerical tests?

The BBC Bitesize GCSE maths test is good preparation. Our assessment specialists SHL also provide example tests featuring practice questions.

How can I help them prepare for an assessment centre and Interview?

We want them to shine at assessment centre and interview stage and show us that they are the right person for our scheme – we especially recommend that applicants consider our Santander Behaviours.

Encourage them to think about how they structure the answers to the questions we ask, so that they give the best possible answer. Researching and practicing the STAR technique – situation, task, activity, result is a really effective way to ensure they’re fully answering the questions!

If they are 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. We appreciate how valuable this information is to young people looking to realise their futures, even if it’s not with us.

If their application is unsuccessful, how long do they have to wait before reapplying?

Applicants are welcome to apply again for vacancies with us after six months

Are they guaranteed a job at the end of the scheme?

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

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