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Application FAQs for Early Careers Candidates.

After you apply, we'll email you everything you need to know at each stage of the application process. In the meantime, we've included a few frequently asked questions below.

I’ve applied to an Early Careers Programme before. Can I re-apply?

Yes, as long as it was a minimum of 12 months ago.

I’m not a recent graduate and have some years work experience. Can I still apply?

Yes, we encourage applications from all ages, including individuals who already have some work experience.

I don’t have the right to work in the UK, can I still apply?

Employment at Nationwide is conditional upon you having the right to work lawfully in the UK in the role you are applying for. For further information on work permits, take a look at the UK Home Office website.

Does Nationwide offer visa sponsorship?

Nationwide holds a Skilled Worker Sponsor License which allows for visa sponsorship if the requirements of the Skilled Worker route are met. Any offer of employment is subject to providing the appropriate proof of right-to-work status within the UK prior to your start date. If you require visa sponsorship to lawfully work in the UK you will not be prevented from applying for a role at Nationwide, however, the ability to sponsor visas is determined by the relevant UK immigration laws at the time of application. The Skilled Worker route is points-based and there are specific requirements relating to skill level of the role and minimum salary expectations. Further information can be found here on the current eligibility requirements for the Skilled Worker route.

Unfortunately, Nationwide are unable to advise or confirm whether you will meet the eligibility for visa sponsorship or other immigration routes.

What qualifications do I need to apply for your Early Careers programmes?

For our Early Careers Programmes, you'll need to check the individual adverts for the minimum entry requirements.

You do not need a degree for our Technology Development Programme Accelerator role or for our Change Development Programme. These programmes are open to both graduates and non-graduates.

Our Graduate Programmes currently require a degree qualification (or equivalent) and for our Industrial Placements, you must be a student at University looking for a year placement before returning to University for your final year.

What is the closing date for applications?

We normally advertise for our Early Career programmes in mid-October time, check the Early Careers pages for more details and closing dates, these will also be clearly stated in all our job adverts. Generally our programmes are open for applications throughout October and November. We do recommend submitting your application as soon as possible as some adverts may close earlier if we receive a high volume of applications.

Apprenticeship opportunities are normally advertised during National Apprenticeship Week which runs in early February.

What provisions does Nationwide make for candidates with a disability?

At Nationwide, we're proud to be a Disability Confident employer and we consider all applicants on their abilities alone to ensure a fair recruitment process. If there are any reasonable adjustments you may need us to make, please contact us at so that we can work with you to ensure you are fully supported throughout our assessment process.

For more information about what being a disability-confident employer means please visit

Are expenses incurred during the recruitment process reimbursed?

For our 2024 entry campaign, all of our assessments will be completed virtually, you will not be asked to travel and attend assessment centres in person.