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The UK Work Experience Programme is for students looking for a work experience placement with a leading global bank. The programme provides opportunities to gain some hands-on experience, develop your knowledge of banking and financial services, and explore the careers available at HSBC in the UK. Students should note that this is an unpaid work experience programme.

For:                      Full-time secondary school or college students

Duration:             One week

Areas:                  Commercial Banking, Compliance, Digital Business Services, Global
Banking & Markets, Human Resources, Marketing, Procurement, Wealth and Personal Banking

Location:             UK

Applications open:    November 2021

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at those in the later years of full-time secondary, sixth form or college education who are keen to get an introduction to what a career in financial services may be like.

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2022. Specific details regarding each opportunity are available when you apply.

To be considered for the programme, you will:

  • Be in full-time education either at secondary school, sixth form or college at the time of the work experience commencing
  • Be keen and motivated to find out more about HSBC and to be prepared to complete the application process, which will include some online questions and if successful, a telephone interview

How to apply

We encourage you to choose and apply for a location to which you can reasonably commute, as early as possible, as applications will close when all placements are filled. Please keep in mind we will not be able to offer placements in locations not listed.

Please note you must obtain approval from your school or college to undertake this work experience as it falls within the standard school/college term-time.

What to expect

Supported by experienced managers, you will be shadowing colleagues and encouraged to ask questions to help you understand more about HSBC. During the work experience, you will learn what it is like to work in one of our retail, commercial, operational or head office areas (subject to availability).

You will get to know HSBC – our values, our history and exactly what we do – and gain an insight into actual jobs that you would be doing if you came to work for us full-time. There will be an opportunity to work on a live project and share your ideas with managers.

whether you decide to start an apprenticeship or go to university in the future, the work experience programme is a great early insight into a potential career choice

Learning, development and support

Our programme will provide you with an insight into what it is like to work for a global bank, and help you to decide your future career options.

Over the course of the programme, we typically offer:

  • Hands on work experience
  • An opportunity to work on a project and present back to managers
  • Feedback on how you can develop yourself
  • Tips on recruitment processes for the future
  • Opportunities to meet a range of HSBC employees and ask as many questions as you want to help you understand what working for HSBC is like and your potential future ambitions

How to reach us

For more details contact work.experience.team@hsbc.com

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About HSBC

You want a career with opportunities? HSBC has a world of them.

We are looking for new students and graduates who are collaborative and curious thinkers, with the courage to challenge the status quo and the motivation to make a positive impact for customers worldwide. No matter what your interests and skills are, a career at HSBC will give you the opportunities, experiences, networks and training you need – so there’s no limit to how far you’ll go.

HSBC is one of the world’s largest, most diverse international banking and financial service organisations. With 3,800 offices in 64 countries and territories, we serve 40 million customers in both established and emerging markets. We aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We put diversity at the heart of our business because we understand how important it is both for commercial success and our customers. We want a connected and international workforce of unique thinkers who are open to a range of perspectives that reflect the communities and markets in which we serve. HSBC provides an open, supportive, and inclusive working environment, providing tailored training and support to help employees thrive in their chosen career path.