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Work Placements

Please find below a list of work experience placement opportunities available for you to apply for, as part of the Pathways to Banking & Finance programme. We have additional work experience placements with Natwest Group, Rothschild & Co and PwC insight weeks.

Please note: you can apply for as many of the below opportunities that interest you. However you will need to make an individual application for each placement, using the links below.

There are limited places on each of the below opportunities. The Pathways team will shortlist applications after the deadlines and confirm the outcome of your application via email.

1. Natwest Group Work Experience (Monday 12th April - Friday 16th April 2021)

NatWest Group are a leading UK based banking and financial services company. From our headquarters in Edinburgh, we serve over 19 million customers across Europe, Asia and the US.

We take our place in the world seriously, and believe we only succeed when our customers, our communities and the economies we're part of succeed as well. This belief is at the root of our purpose: to champion potential; helping people, families and business to thrive.

What you can expect from a Natwest placement:

Through our Insight Weeks, you'll gain an understanding of what it's like to work for a large bank. We'll give you access to a range of our business areas, including Private and Commercial Banking, Technology and Risk. You'll speak to colleagues from all across the bank, who will share their career journeys and more information into their roles. Through this, you'll gain an understanding of the different routes into the bank and the fantastic opportunities available in the financial services industry. This opportunity will bring the bank to life.

How to apply?

To apply to this opportunity, please complete this short form by Sunday 21st February 2021. We will then confirm which students have been successful in securing a place by Friday 26th February.

For more information about Natwest, please visit: and

2. Rothschild & Co Insight Day (Thursday 3rd June 2021)

Rothschild & Co is one of the world's largest independent financial advisory groups. As a global and family-controlled group, we provide M&A, strategy, and financing advice, as well as investment and wealth management solutions to large institutions, families, individuals and governments, worldwide. A 200-year history of entrepreneurship means we are never satisfied with remaining within conventional wisdom.

Today, we proactively seek innovative ways to provide thoughtful, principled and creative solutions to our clients through our combined distinct perspective. With a team of 3,600 talented financial service specialists on the ground in over 40 countries across the world, we deliver a unique global perspective. Our trusted professionals and decision makers who make up our integrated global network enjoy a track record of outstanding execution. Thanks to our in-depth market intelligence we are closer to current issues than any other global financial institution in our core markets. We provide a unique perspective through our broad network spread over our 50 offices around the world combined with deep market and sector knowledge. This places us in a strong position to address the increasingly global needs of our clients. It is this combination of scale, local knowledge and intellectual capital that allows us to provide a distinct perspective and effective long-term solutions for our clients. We believe our distinct perspectives as a group, is formed by having a diverse team and inclusive environment, where people from all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work.

Our goal is to have a balanced, inclusive and flexible environment which enables all colleagues to achieve their personal and professional aspirations, and to ensure that Rothschild & Co provides longer term opportunities for talent. We are committed to attracting and retaining high-potential, team-oriented and self-motivated individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. The early careers programmes that we run are designed to give you an insight into our Global Advisory, Merchant Banking and Wealth Management divisions.

At Rothschild & Co, there isn't a one size fits all when it comes to recruiting, we actively seek to recruit individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to help us form our unique perspectives. There are however, many skills and attributes that our people possess that allow them to be successful in their roles. These include a high level of motivation to succeed and develop on an individual basis and as part of a team, given the collegiate and collaborative environment we enjoy at Rothschild & Co. Combined with strong academics, we also look for people who are analytical and can demonstrate good commercial awareness and the ability to communicate clearly and confidently through a real understanding of our core values.

How to apply?

During the Insight Day, you will have the opportunity to find out more about the work Rothschild & Co do and get to network with professionals who work there.

To apply to this opportunity, please complete this short form by Sunday 18th April 2021. We will then confirm which students have been successful in securing a place by Friday 23rd April 2021.

For more information about Rothschid & Co, please visit:

3. PWC Virtual Insight Week (Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July 2021)

Please note: This is for any students who were not nominated for the New World, New Skills work experience placement with PwC.

Throughout the Virtual Insight Week, you'll have the opportunity to gain lots of valuable skills, and explore your career options with PwC. You may be interested in doing an apprenticeship, going to university, or you’re still not sure, and you simply want to find out more about PwC and the different areas of PwC that you could join.

The Virtual Insight Week will help you to answer these questions by giving you an insight into lots of our different business areas, and you’ll hear from staff who have joined PwC through a range of pathways and programmes.

You’ll get to try out some of these different business areas for yourself through interactive workshops and demonstrations. Some of the technical skills sessions will be differentiated so that you’re able to select either a ‘beginner’ or ‘advanced’ level based on your individual experience of a topic. You’ll also take part in a variety of skills sessions on topics such as wellbeing, resilience and personal values. These sessions will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you succeed with a future application to PwC and beyond.

How to apply?

Applications have now opened and close on Sunday 14th March. For this placement, students need to apply directly to PwC. To apply please click here.