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Apprenticeships

The first step to a rewarding career

Apprenticeships

Why you should choose Nationwide

When you embark on an apprenticeship at Nationwide, you become part of a network, with a whole host of people to consult and collaborate with. We’ll also provide opportunities to learn, on-the-job training and dedicated support to help your career get off to a flying start.

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What apprenticeships do you offer?

This year we're offering three types of apprenticeship, each taking between one and five years to complete depending on the level. Advanced, Level 3 is equivalent to two A-Levels; Higher, levels 4 & 5 equal a foundation degree; and Degree levels are 6 and 7, with 7 equivalent to a Masters.

In recent years, we’ve recruited over 200 apprentices in business areas including Retail, HR, Contact Centres, IT, Risk, Finance and Procurement. As these are real jobs, the opportunities we advertise change each year depending on the needs of the different teams but we always recruit for Business Administration, IT and Finance.

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Grow, learn and develop

One of the huge advantages of our apprenticeships is the network of Apprentices, Graduates and Industrial Placements you’ll be part of. A ready-made support system across the Society to share with, trouble-shoot and learn from.

IT degree apprentices join our Technology Development Programme with their own support team on hand to provide tailored advice.

For all other apprentices, our dedicated Early Careers team will be watching out for your best interests. As well as gaining a recognised qualification, we’ll build your skill set in the crucial areas of Presence and Impact, Wellbeing and Resilience, Self-Awareness and Communication.

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Can I apply?

You can join at any age from 16 years onwards (though you can apply at 15). The minimum requirements differ based on the type of Apprenticeship you're applying for and will be detailed in the job advert.

Applications will be open from the end of February 2020 for apprenticeships starting in September 2020. If you leave your contact details on the form below, we'll stay in touch with news and information, and give you advanced notice of the application opening date.

Sadly, we can't accept your application if you don't live in the UK.

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Ben - CIMA and beyond

Ben joined as a Finance apprentice two and a half years ago. He started a University degree, believing it was the best route to the career he’d always wanted. Realising it wasn’t right for him, he applied for an apprenticeship - three teams and two promotions later, he hasn’t looked back:

'You get the best of both worlds. Equal to any other employee, you’re not restricted when it comes to applying for new roles or moving teams, and the work you are given is work that you can be proud of doing. With 20% of your time dedicated to the apprenticeship, you can make progress on both fronts.

'Alongside my work, I’ve completed my original level 4 apprenticeship and am continuing to study with my level 7 apprenticeship in Accountancy. Once this is finished, I will be a qualified accountant.'

Our employee benefits

BENEFITS 1

Competitive salary

And a range of special offers to reward employees who pay their salary into a Nationwide current account.

BENEFITS 2

Generous holiday allowance

25 days, increasing to 30 days per year. We also give our employees the option to ‘buy’ up to an extra 10 days holiday.

BENEFITS 3

Flexible working

This can include options such as flexi-time, part-time, job sharing and term-time working.

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Find your future career

Elrich joined in 2016 as a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice and when he'd finished that he started the Level 6 Chartered Manager's degree apprenticeship.

Tell us a bit about your career so far:

What were you doing before you joined?

Sixth form in Swindon and working part time at B&Q

What was it that appealed to you?

The idea of getting paid for a good job while earning a qualification, and getting your foot in the door of a major organisation in their head office

Tell us a little bit about your apprenticeship so far?

I initially had an unconditional university offer. Not knowing what I wanted to do at the time, I applied for the apprenticeship on my lunch break at sixth form. When my application was successful, I deferred my uni place as a ‘back up’ option, but never looked back! Since joining, I’ve been given opportunities to complete other professional courses along side my day job and apprenticeship. I’ve been promoted twice, having  started as a Disaster Recovery Analyst, and moved to a new job as a Strategy and Performance Consultant in February 2020.

What support has been available to you?

The Emerging Talent team have been amazing; they provide a dedicated ‘go to’ for any questions and support you need, as well as providing exciting opportunities and training events.

Besides your day-to-day role, what other opportunities else have you had?

I’ve used my volunteering days helping out at a local college and school to help kids learn how to manage their finances post-education. I’ve been nominated by the ET team for 'Apprentice of the Year' at the National Apprenticeship Awards, helped at various events such as the careers fair in Swindon, and National Apprenticeship Week.

I've organised charity days and team away-days, and my role gives me insight into how the organisation works as a whole.

What’s been the biggest benefit of being on a Nationwide apprenticeship?

Being able to learn while earning, and the amount of support available to you. You’re not on your own and you always have someone to turn to if you ever need help. For me, my apprenticeship has never held me back in any way and has allowed me to really develop myself.

Tell me your biggest learning so far?

That even a small piece of work can have an impact across the business and also the importance of developing key working relationships with people. It makes your job much easier if you know the people you need help from.

What challenges have you faced?

One of the biggest challenges is having lectures twice a week in the evenings as it does sometimes prove hard to fit everything in, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship at Nationwide?

Weigh up your options, if you’re planning to go straight into work then an apprenticeship is a great route as it gives you a qualification and a permanent job from day 1. Do some research and see if there are apprenticeships available in an area of study that you want to do, it gives you great on the job experience you can use to develop your career. If you’re considering university, look at the pros and cons of both and then make an informed decision.

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Broaden your horizons

With the UK Government confirming more people than ever before are now choosing an apprenticeship, how should you decide what to do next? Jack shares what made him choose an Apprenticeship scheme over university.

He explains: “I studied Business Economics ICT A-level and I got my university place at Kent to study Business Management. It would have been a 4-year degree, with a 1-year industrial placement. It was a great university place to get, and it was actually my number one choice."

Don’t just follow the crowd

As decision time approaches, it can be easy to just stick with what you know. Choosing a route just because everyone else is may not make you happy later down the line:

“Nearly everyone in my year was planning to go to university,” says Jack. “I felt like I needed more time to decide, so I deferred my place at Kent University and took a gap year.”

Prioritise trying something new

Make sure you take time to broaden your horizons where you can. Meeting new people and putting yourself outside your comfort zone could help reaffirm what’s most important to you.

“During my gap year I worked solidly for 6 months to try and save up to go travelling. This included some voluntary work where I helped to care for a disabled lad who suffers from cerebral palsy. I enjoyed it so much that I still carry this on today,” says Jack.

“I then carried out a month’s work experience; 2 weeks with a major car manufacturer and 2 weeks with Nationwide in Marketing as well as Business Transformation. I knew then that Nationwide was the company I wanted to work for; its ‘PRIDE’ culture was very clear even then."

Take time to decide whether it’s what you really want

Once you’ve made your choice, allow yourself time to take a step back.

“Eventually I travelled around Australia with one of my best mates; one week surfing in Byron Bay was definitely the highlight! I then went Inter-railing round Europe with my girlfriend. The two months of work experience helped me realise that I wanted to get straight into employment. Now I want to work my way up within an organisation instead, and I know that I can do that at Nationwide.”

Research your opportunities fully

If you do choose an apprenticeship or full-time employment, there’s still homework! Make sure you research the company/ employer as thoroughly as you would have if you were picking your university! It’s important their values- including career progression and work life balance- match what you’re looking for.

“I was aware apprenticeship schemes can be a really good way to get your foot in the door in an organisation, and a way to gain a qualification whilst on the job. However, when I came across Nationwide’s higher apprenticeship scheme I was blown away by the benefits: the scheme I went for has got me into a 3-5 year placement in the Finance department at Nationwide. I’m now studying to become a Chartered Accountant with CIMA which Nationwide is paying for, including the expenses involved when traveling to Bristol or Reading for study days. They’re even allowing me have these study days in work time,” says Jack. “The higher apprenticeship scheme also allows placements, so like the graduate scheme, I can move to other areas within the division. This is so I can get a experience across the business, while I decide which area I’d like to end up in!”

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Making it work for you

Diversity of employees is good for business and we're committed to working with everyone so they can thrive and build their careers here.

Sean joined our Finance team in September 2019 straight from A’levels. He’s on a level 4 apprenticeship and is on track to achieve his CIMA qualification.

Asked about the challenges he faces, he said: 'Although Nationwide have facilities for wheelchair users, my disabilities are more complex, so the challenges have been trying to adapt the environment to suit my individual needs. It’s a learning process for Nationwide and myself.'

Why did you apply?

Nationwide are recognised for their policies regarding equal opportunities. I liked the idea of gaining on the job experience while working towards a qualification.

Tell us about your apprenticeship so far?

Instead of attending Reading for my lectures I have the modules sent to my home address then watch the lectures online. I work in Cost Performance & Analysis which prepares monthly reports for the costs that Nationwide have incurred; for example, cost of employees for each community. I correspond with Financial Business Partners. Also, I have regular meetings with my Manager to discuss my progress and set development/ career goals.

What support is there?

I get support from different areas, not just the community I work in. As well as an Occupational Health assessment I have had a work placement assessment to ensure I have the right equipment to accommodate my needs.

Besides your day-to-day role, what other opportunities are on offer?

I have been working with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to raise awareness of disabilities in the workplace. In March I will be doing an ‘Ask me anything’ session and presentation on my experience of disability.

What’s been the biggest benefit of being on a Nationwide apprenticeship?

Apart from the fact you are earning money while you are gaining new skills and working towards a qualification, you are gaining experience of a working environment and social interaction with your colleagues.

What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship at Nationwide?

It is a good opportunity to work for an organisation with a great reputation, who value your potential and will provide you with the skills you require to succeed.