Apprenticeships

We were very proud to be named North West Large Employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2021. Our award-winning apprenticeships offer you the chance to gain valuable experience in a fast-growing company, whilst also working towards a professional or academic qualification.

As well as earning a competitive salary from day one, you will also work and learn in a supportive environment where your contribution will be truly valued.

If you are thinking of applying, or if you are a parent or teacher who would like to know more about our apprenticeships, take a look.

Download the programme guide

  • Investment Operations Apprenticeship

    Our Investment Operations route is designed to help you develop a wide range of skills and competencies, including developing your verbal and written communication skills, working to deadlines and understanding operational business processes. You will also gain experience of working with Microsoft packages and using our in-house IT systems. The ongoing training, development and coaching we provide will really help to progress your understanding of the financial services industry – all whilst earning a competitive salary – and much more!

    At the start of the apprenticeship you will enjoy a tailored induction programme, after which you will have the opportunity to experience working within different teams in AJ Bell’s Customer Services and Operations Departments. This will give you the chance to get to know our business and develop your skills on the job, while at the same time continuing on a development programme designed to help you invest in your personal growth and your future with AJ Bell. You will also benefit from the support of a dedicated mentor from within the business.

    Throughout the two-year contract, you will work towards an industry-recognised professional qualification, whilst following one of the Financial Services Apprenticeship Standards (this year all our apprentices enrolled on Level 4 of the Investment Operations Specialist Apprenticeship). In addition, you will complete in-house technical training and, if you are successful in your apprenticeship, there will be opportunities to continue your career at AJ Bell, focusing on either a managerial or a technical career path.

    We ask for the following from applicants to our Investment Operations Apprenticeship programme:

    • A minimum of 104 UCAS points (under the new tariff for courses starting from September 2017).
    • minimum of five GCSEs A*- C or 4 - 9 (including Maths and English).
    • The ability to demonstrate why you want to work within the financial services industry.
    • Enthusiasm to learn and develop in different teams within the business.
    • Honesty, self-motivation, and reliability.
    • Willingness to follow our guiding principles.

    How to apply

    If you would like to apply for our September 2022 Investment Operations Apprenticeship programme, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work in financial services, and why you would like to join the Investment Operations Apprenticeship programme.

    Apply now

  • Digital Apprenticeship

    Our Digital Apprenticeship path has been designed for those who want to develop a career in an area that plays a huge role at AJ Bell. During this four-year programme you will rotate round different teams in our Technology Services Department, from Software Engineering to Business Intelligence and Information Security, in order to gain a broad understanding of IT and change provision in a fast-paced regulated Financial Services business. At the same time as learning on the job, you will study for a BSc in Digital Technology Solutions with our academic provider, Manchester Metropolitan University. At the start of your third year you will be given the opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering, Data Analysis or Cyber Security Analysis, and this specialism will become the focus of your degree studies. As well as spending a day each week studying at university, your fees will be paid and you will earn a competitive salary, plus much more!

    At the start of the apprenticeship you will enjoy a tailored induction programme with us and Manchester Metropolitan University. This will give you the chance to get to know our business and develop your skills on the job, while at the same time continuing on a development programme designed to help you invest in your personal growth and your future with AJ Bell. You will also benefit from the support of a dedicated mentor from within the business.

    We ask for the following from applicants to our Digital Apprenticeship programme:

    • A minimum of 112 UCAS points (under the new tariff for courses starting from September 2017).
    • A minimum of five GCSEs A*- C or 4 - 9 (including Maths and English).
    • The ability to demonstrate your passion for digital technology and explain why you want to work within the financial services industry.
    • Enthusiasm to learn and develop in different teams within the business.
    • Honesty, self-motivation, reliability.
    • Willingness to follow our guiding principles.

    How to apply

    If you would like to apply for our September 2022 Digital Apprenticeship programme, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work in financial services, and why you would like to join the Digital Apprenticeship programme.

    Apply now

  • Tips for your application

    We know who we’re looking for when it comes to the apprentices who join us. If you want to stand out from the other applicants to our programme, here are some tips for making a successful application.

    Download the application guide

  • Celebrating your success

    We are incredibly proud of the hard work our apprentices put in, and of the valuable contributions they make to the business. Our graduation ceremony is a way to recognise their achievements and celebrate the next step in their careers at AJ Bell, which can often mean a permanent full-time role.

    The graduation ceremony for our second cohort seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on the success of this remarkable programme. Having joined us in 2018 with no experience of financial services, these bright young people have now gained invaluable exposure to almost every area of the business, learned a huge amount about the industry, grown in confidence and acquired a range of new skills.

    Meet our apprentices

    “It’s about bringing fresh new talent into the business, these are our leaders of the future.”