Just like our programmes, our assessment process has been designed to bring out the best in you.

It consists of the four steps below, which include some hints and tips to help make sure you're just as impressive in a virtual setting as you would be in person.

What's more, to ensure there's no space for favouritism in our process, even if it's unconscious, the name of your school or university will remain unknown until you start on the programme.



Everything you need to know

You probably have a few questions, right ? Don’t worr y, we’ve got that covered. Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions we get asked – on everything from our application process to our programmes themselves.

You’ll also find some useful tips here to help your application to shine.

If I’m successful, do you provide feedback?

We get a lot of applications, so it’s not always possible to give feedback at every stage. However, we do aim to give it to everyone who reaches the interview or assessment centre stages.

Is it possible to apply for more than one scheme at a time?

In certain cases, yes. Please contact our recruitment team to check if it is possible before making an application.

If my application is unsuccessful, when can I next apply?

For apprenticeships, you can apply whenever you like. For everything else, you’ll normally need to wait a minimum of six months before re-applying for the same scheme. This is to allow you to build up your skills and experiences.

You can apply for a different role within Santander at any time.

What is the current application process?

Our current application and assessment process is online. This is to ensure we adhere to the latest government and social distancing guidelines. When we are able, we will look to introduce ‘in person’ assessment.

Why have I been invited to the Assessment centre?

It gives us the opportunity to see you in action and assess your abilities. Likewise, it gives you the chance to see what we’re like too – whether Santander is the right fit for you.

Will my travel be paid for?

Our Plan is to hold virtual assessment centres, in the event you attend an in person assessment centre you can expense up to £100

What can I expect to happen on the day?

This will depend on what scheme you applied for. When we invite you to the assessment centre, we’ll send you detailed information about what to expect on your day. Please take the time to read through this, so you can prepare and feel confident on the day.

What do I need to qualify for a scheme?

Each scheme has its own requirements. Please check what these are in the description of the specific programme you’re interested in.

What can I expect from a Santander apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships enable you to combine practical training with a qualification. You’ll be employed in a job, so will earn a wage. You’ll also receive benefits and will have a structured development programme with support from experienced colleagues.

We have a range of apprenticeship schemes from level two right through to degree level, ranging in length from 12 months through to over four years.

What level apprenticeship will I be on?

We offer apprenticeships at various levels from level two through to degree level. Please refer to the job description of the specific apprenticeship you’re interested in.

Will I get a job at the end of the scheme?

That’s certainly the intention. Naturally, this will depend on you passing your scheme and performing well. Where that precise role will be will depend on business needs and where we have opportunities at the time.

If I don’t achieve the grades needed, will my offer still be valid?

Unfortunately not. If that happens to you, we invite you to go to our website and explore different career paths within Santander.

Do you pay relocation expenses?

Relocation allowances are available in certain cases. We will discuss this with you in more detail at the point of the offer, or you can contact one of our resourcing team about this matter.

Do I need to open a bank account with Santander?

If you’re successful in your application, yes. This will be the account we’ll pay your salary into. We’ll help you set up this account when you join.

What benefits does Santander offer?

The simple answer is lots! But they will vary depending on what route you take. For specific benefit details on each scheme, check out the full summary within each programme detail page.

What if I need support with my application to Santander?

In the application form, you will be asked if you have a disability and what kind of reasonable adjustments should be made for you. If you need assistance before applying, please contact the Emerging Talent team at emergingtalent@santander.co.uk or 0203 967 1990.

I need permission to work in the UK – can Santander sponsor me?

We welcome applications from everyone. However, we do have to comply with the Home Office immigration standards. For further information, please visit the UK Border Agency website.

If you have any queries or questions, you can contact the team on emergingtalent@santander.co.uk or 02039671990.

We are available during normal office hours 8am-4pm. Outside of this, we will aim to get back to you the following working day.