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Want to launch your career in banking? Our UK Apprenticeship scheme ignites your passions, challenges your creative mindset and builds your confidence, giving you the skills and knowledge to succeed.

At Credit Suisse we've introduced a range of apprenticeship programs to help school leavers get onto the first rung of the career ladder. We know the best way to learn is through doing. But we also know how important it is to develop an in-depth understanding and to spark off the people you work with. This program fuses all this, and more. Find out what we can offer you.

The UK Apprenticeship scheme at a glance

  • Work in a dedicated team in various business areas across the bank
  •  20% of your standard working hours will contribute toward your qualification
  • Enjoy a balance of training, immersive work experience, networking and mentorship
  • Be paired with a buddy and mentor for one-to-one support
  • Organize and participate in events for employees that impact the community around us, in partnership with our corporate citizenship team

Interested? Who can apply?

The UK Apprenticeship scheme is open to current UK Year 13 school leavers (with A-Level or equivalent qualifications). No experience needed – just bags of enthusiasm, drive and a willingness to learn!

What's it like being an apprentice?

If you're chosen to be one of our select cohort of UK apprentices you'll get to work with a team in areas across the bank. We know it might feel like a big leap from school to the fast-paced corporate world of a global bank, so your induction week is designed to help build your confidence and sense of being part of a team. You'll participate in exciting challenges and activities, and get the chance to hear from program alumni.

In September 2021 19 apprentices started on our scheme, each working towards one of 10 different qualifications at Level 3 or 4. The qualifications are aligned to their apprenticeship role in a range of areas including Finance, Strategic Change, Technology, Operations, Internal Audit, Investment Banking, Sales and Trading and Wealth Management.

Hear from the people who know

The UK Apprenticeship scheme offers a world-class experience of life at the heart of international banking. But don't just take our word for it. Sukhmani is a first-year Finance apprentice working in the STG Product Control group in our London office. She has been with us since September 2021 and hopes to progress within the bank after her apprenticeship ends. She told us what she thinks of the apprenticeship program:

'I love having the synthesis of being exposed to working life, having an insight into handling the many day-to-day tasks of a product controller that you couldn't learn at University, while also being able to study with a leading qualifier.'

Our apprentices develop their teamwork and management skills as well as letting their imaginations fly. On this program you develop projects that reflect the bank's values of helping build a better future and tackling climate change. You need to use your initiative and think creatively as well as strategically, coming up with ideas, concepts and plans that fit the brief. As Sukhmani tells us, one proposed project this year was an escape room for MDs, with the remit of sustainability:

'After brainstorming a few ideas, we came to a consensus of creating an escape room based on the festive novel 'A Christmas Carol', since the date of the event would be within the festive season. We had nine weeks in which to generate a high-quality event.'

Sukhmani has found the whole experience rewarding, as she explains:

'If you're interested in gaining first-hand experience from a well-known and respected bank while acquiring valued and relevant qualifications, I would highly recommend you apply to this program. It teaches you how a bank truly works and aspects of the job you couldn't learn from university. It's invaluable.'

And she's not alone. Another UK apprentice, Lauren, told us about her time working on a project as part of the Group Operations apprenticeship scheme. She was assigned to a fashion show project, where the team had 9-10 weeks to plan the event that would raise funds for cancer research and promote sustainability. The plan was to dress the models in clothes sourced from cancer research charity shops, with outfits based around different countries. Here's how she describes her apprenticeship so far:

'I have loved every minute of my experience as an apprentice at Credit Suisse so far… I've already developed a strong relationship with my team and have been welcomed in, with everyone being willing to share their knowledge to help broaden my understanding of the products and my role within the bank.'

Be part of something special

Being an apprentice isn't just about gaining crucial on-the-job experience. We also recognize what a great chance it is to develop connections and networks within the industry. At Credit Suisse our employee networks play an essential role in supporting and uniting colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, ensuring their voices are heard. Joining an apprenticeship scheme gives you access to this support, on top of the mentoring that's already part of the scheme.

Time and again we hear apprentices say how they couldn't have had these experiences simply by studying at university. So, if you're considering a career in banking and you're ready to get stuck in, check out our UK Apprentice scheme and discover how we can help kickstart an exciting new chapter in your life.

Recruiting for our 2022 programs in a range of areas is open now. Click here to start your next big adventure.