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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.


Candidates aged 18 or under, in full-time education (years 10 -13 in UK and S4 – S6 in Scotland)


Five days


Multiple Business Divisions

Start date:

24th June, 8th July or 12th August





  • Aged 18 or under
  • Currently in academic years 10-13 (UK) or Scottish equivalent (S4-S6)
  • Available to participate for the full 5 days of the session (3 virtual/2 in office) during one of the following weeks in summer 2024: week commencing 24th June, 8th July or 12th August (dates will be allocated once places are confirmed)
  • Available to attend your chosen office for 2 days (dates will be confirmed)
Additional information:
  • The programme will run on a hybrid model with 2 days in person and 3 days delivered virtually.  For the in-office experience, you will be getting hands on experience of what it is like working for HSBC through a placement across one of our many functions.
  • Placement availability will differ subject to the location you apply for and are allocated at random.
  • You should only submit one application for the location that is most convenient for you to travel to and from.
Applications open:

21 February 2024

Applications close:

3 March 2024

Start date:

24th June, 8th July or 12th August


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 programme is delivered each Summer. 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 an online assessment 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 develop your skills and grow your confidence.

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
  • Develop skills and grow confidence
  • Hints and tips on how to be successful during selection processes
  • 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

About HSBC

Opening up a world of opportunity for our customers, investors, ourselves and the planet.

We’re a financial services organisation that serves more than 40 million customers, ranging from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s biggest companies and governments. Our network covers 63 countries and territories, and we’re here to use our unique expertise, capabilities, breadth and perspectives to open up a world of opportunity for our customers.

HSBC is listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges.