A straight-forward process to help you succeed

Applying to our graduate programmes has never been easier. Our streamlined application process has been designed to give you the best possible experience in just five steps, so you can enjoy a straightforward, transparent and inclusive assessment. We want you to succeed and we believe in a simplified approach that will get the best out of you.

To give you a good idea of what the assessment involves, we’ve put together a short video guide below explaining each step, its timings, what you’ll need to do and how you can prepare. We’ve also included useful hints and tips to help you ace your application, so it’s definitely worth a watch!



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 assessment process consists of an online interview and 3 short assessment games.  You will then find out if you have been successful for a final assessment experience.  Our assessments are typically virtual but for some hiring areas you may be assessed in person.

I need permission to work in the UK - Can Santander Sponsor me? 

We welcome applications from people who have their own right to work in the UK. For our internship, graduate & apprenticeship schemes, you'll be asked to provide evidence of your right to work during the application process. Throughout your time at Santander, you must be able to maintain and demonstrate your right to work in the United Kingdom indefinitely.


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 experience, 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?

Our Graduate and Apprenticeship roles are offered on a permanent basis, however this on the condition you successfully complete the  required qualifications for your role. If you have further questions about this please ask the Emerging Talent team.

If I don’t achieve the specified requirements, will my offer still be valid?

In the vast majority of cases, if you don’t achieve the requirements for your specific offer, your offer will no longer be valid, and we’ll direct you to exploring different career paths with Santander. However, if you didn’t achieve the requirements due to extenuating circumstances, we will have a conversation with you to discuss your options.

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.

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.