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Early Careers at Santander

We’re more than just a household name, a growing business and a secure place to be. We’re also Simple, Personal and Fair. Because we know that everyone wants something different from their career, we’ve created lots of entry routes – and even more ways to develop and progress once you join us.

Find out more about the different schemes on offer:

Your career

We recognise that everyone wants something different from their career so there are lots of entry routes for you to join us – and even more ways for you to develop and progress your career once you have. Explore which path is right for you with our interactive tool.

If however, having researched our various programmes none of them seem quite the right route for you, why don’t you explore our main job board http://www.santanderjobs.co.uk where you can search all of the roles we are currently recruiting for – this may open up an alternative path for you


WorkWise is our new schools programme designed to help young people develop their employability skills through three bite sized workshops.

The materials have been developed with the support of educational specialists and teachers, all content is aligned to the school curriculum and designed to support careers guidance.

The workshops are delivered in schools and colleges by Santander employees, engaging students through interactive activities.

About the workshops

There are three interactive modules:

  • 1. Introducing the World of Work: exploring job search methods with particular reference to social media.
  • 2. Getting the interview: learning how to apply for jobs and secure an interview.
  • 3. Getting the job (or not!): developing interview techniques and what to do if you don’t get the job.

Each module contains workshops tailored for 14-16 year olds and 16-18 year olds to help young people develop employability skills at each stage of their school journey, whilst increasing their understanding of the labour market and career pathways.

Each workshop is designed to last for one hour and includes a series of activities for the students which are designed to generate open discussion.

If you would like to find out more about our WorkWise programme or arrange for a session to be delivered at your school or college, please contact us on earlyincareer@santander.co.uk.

Work Experience

Santander UK, Work Experience Programme

At Santander, we relish the opportunity to give our programme participants hands-on experience of the working world.

The programme gives young people the opportunity to get involved in real-world projects which will develop their skills and experiences. Our popular placements are available at many of our business sites which are located across the UK.

These sites may include

  • Bootle
  • Bradford
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • London
  • Leicester
  • Mliton Keynes
  • Glasgow
  • Belfast
  • Newcastle

“The support and warm friendship received from my colleagues really made the experience great. I evaluate the experience as 12 out of 10”

Sandra, Department – Real Estate Finance

Our Success So Far

The School to Work proposition was established in 2013 and offers a number of key benefits that will support us in our journey of becoming the best Bank for our People, Customers, Shareholders and Communities.

  • Talent Identification – The first opportunity of talent identification.
  • Diversity – We are able to develop relationships and generate a more diverse population of future talent.
  • School Engagement – An opportunity to engage and develop relationships with local schools and colleges in local communities.
  • Digital Progression – The participants have the skills and abilities to support Santander’s digital journey.
  • Career Progression – – Managing a young person on work experience can aid the development of the line management skills of our workforce.

Our primary work experience programme has expanded over recent years resulting in 276 placements offered in 2014 and 296 offered in 2015, all through the following channels:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) applications via bodies that Santander supports including Career Ready UK & Remploy.
  • Speculative applications and referrals from colleagues in the UK.
  • Corporate Interns and international referrals.

Also, we are extremely proud to confirm that Santander was featured in the Top 100 most popular employers for School Leavers for second year running through GTI Media.

“It has gone amazingly and it’s been such a great experience – I really gained lots of skills. Thank you so much!”

Abbey, Department – Commercial Service Centre

2016 and Beyond

During 2016 we aim to offer up to 250 work experience placements through relationships with our partner charities, Career Ready UK & National Citizen Service (NCS) as well as through the relationships that we have established with schools and colleges across the UK.

It is of great importance to us that we continue to improve and develop our programme. In 2016, for the first time, we will implement a more structured and focused approach to our placements which we believe will greatly add value to the experience of both the participants and the business.

The summary below offers a high-level view of our 2 simple approaches to work experience:

  • 6 week programme that will run over during a fixed window from July through to August.
  • 2 week programme that will have a fixed window of opportunity during:
    • Easter 2016
    • July 2016
    • October 2016

We are looking forward to sharing more specific details and information in early 2016.

“I got the chance to meet lots of interesting people who were really enthusiastic about Santander and their roles and many provided me with tips about interviews and employment in general. This placement has given me the confidence and insight to look at my future career, and it is very valuable to have on my CV as it will give me a head start in securing a job.”

Justyna, Department – Human Resources

Internship Programmes

If you’re an undergraduate looking to gain meaningful experience in a global bank, our 10-week Internship Programme could be right for you.

It’s a great way to find out what life with Santander is really like, working with a range of teams and departments. We will also ensure you receive some skills development along with many opportunities to build your knowledge about the bank and how we operate. So you’ll build a real impression of where you want to take your career – and we’ll help you get there. What’s more, if we’re impressed with your performance, we’ll aim to invite you back for our graduate scheme.

To make things as simple, personal and fair as possible, we process entries as soon as they come in, so it’s worth submitting your application as soon as you can.

Applications are usually open October to December.

Graduate Programmes

Our Graduate Programmes are the perfect springboard to a successful long-term career in banking. We offer opportunities across a range of business areas all with a development curriculum and skills coaching for the duration of the programme you will be challenged but rewarded with a career in our Global bank

Contributing to live projects and taking on exciting new challenges as you progress, you’ll develop the skills, experience and relationships that will help you grow and enable you to play a major part in our future success.

Santander UK recognises the ongoing importance of digital activity to ensure we provide customers with the very best customer service and the right digital platforms. Some of our graduates continue to be heavily involved in creating enhancements and building new platforms thus ensuring we can provide competitive advantage.

If you are interested, please look at the specific graduate job adverts with details of which programmes might be most suitable for you.

To make things as simple, personal and fair as possible, we process entries as soon as they come in, so it’s worth submitting your application as soon as possible.

Applications are usually open October to December.


Our apprenticeship programmes are the perfect place to learn the inner workings of one of the world’s leading banks. If you’re looking to launch your career, make banking simpler and earn your degree while you do, this is where you’ll make it happen.

If you are currently in Years 12 or 13, parent to those studying A-levels or a careers advisor, why not attend one of our events in Milton Keynes or Leicester, where you can find out more about the Degree Apprenticeship by taking part in some interactive exercises and talking to our colleagues.

About the Degree Apprenticeship

Our Degree programme is designed to bring together a range of digital and technology disciplines, with a balance of technical competence and intellectual and practical skills that will support you both as a learner and as future digital and technology solutions professional.

The programme combines innovative study content with real-world experience and insight from expert tutors, delivering the practical skills and industry knowledge to help you to excel in the workplace.

The programme runs for four years and is split in to three core modules: Stage 1 (Level 4): 18 months, Certificate of Higher Education Stage 2 (Level 5): 18 months, Diploma of Higher Education Stage 3 (Level 6): 18 months, Bachelor of Digital and Technical Solutions

During your time on the Apprenticeship, you will look at the following areas: information technology systems, systems development, information and cyber security, business organisation and data analytics, project management and computer networks.

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