UK Work Experience Programme

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: Candidates aged 18 or under, in full-time education (years 9-13) and considering a career in financial services
Duration: Five days
Areas: Multiple Business Divisions
Start date: 10th July or 7th August 2023
Location: UK
UK Locations
Requirements: Aged 18 and under in academic years 9 -13, in full-time secondary, sixth form or college education and considering financial services as a career after school or university. The programme will run hybrid model, 2 days in person & 3 days virtually. For the in-office experience you will be getting hands on experience of what it is like working for HSBC. These placements will be available across different functions of the bank across the UK. You should only submit one application for a location/region that is most convenient for you to travel to and from the placement available. You must be available for one of the two weeks in the summer: Work Experience Weeks, Week commencing 10 July OR Week commencing 7 August. Due to limited vacancies, we would encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Applications open: 27 January 2023
Applications close: 28 February 2023
Start date: 10th July or 7th August 2023

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