School leavers’ opportunities

From great potential to real opportunities. Give your career the best start possible with our paid, work experience programmes.

Our 2017 opportunities will open in early May.

You don’t need experience, just potential.

If you’re interested in working for a global company and have the talents and strengths we’re looking for, apply for one of our school-leavers’ programmes.

Almost 200 young people have taken part in our school leaver programmes so far. Many have found permanent work, or used their work experience to take them onto further education.

We currently run three school leaver programmes in the UK:

  1. A six-month paid placement at our Edinburgh or London offices, in partnership with the Edinburgh Guarantee and The Prince’s Trust
  2. A twelve-month paid placement at our Edinburgh head office
  3. A twelve-month paid placement at Standard Life Investments’ HQ in Edinburgh, in partnership with  Investment 2020

Check out where we're based in Edinburgh and London.

What we want

We’re looking for recent school leavers with a desire to get into work and onto a career path. We want people who are committed to doing their best every day. We also want your ideas and perspective too.

Who you are

You’re looking for something that will give you on-the-job experience, the opportunity to contribute your ideas and the chance to make a difference. You’re also:

  • Interested in financial services
  • Like helping customers
  • A good communicator (face to face, online, on the phone)
  • A team player
  • OK working with Desktop PCs and other technology
  • Good at checking details and for accuracy.

What you get

During your placement, you get:

  • Paid monthly at the UK Living Wage
  • Real work, collaborating with people from all over the business and with all types of work experience
  • Guidance and advice from a mentor
  • A development plan to grow your skills and abilities.

We advertise opportunities for school leavers throughout the year. You can get the latest vacancy news by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or bookmark this page.