Our apprenticeships

Why work for AJ Bell … build your career with us

We offer a choice of two apprenticeship programmes to give you the opportunity to gain experience in a fast-growing, award-winning business, while working towards a professional or academic qualification.

Our Investment Operations Specialist 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 financial services – all while earning a competitive salary!

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.

Our Digital Technology path has been designed for those who want to develop a career in an area that plays a huge role at AJ Bell. During the first year of this four year programme you will rotate round different teams in our Technology Services department, including Engineering, Infrastructure, Data Management, Cyber Security and IT Services. 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 second year you will be given the opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering, Data Analysis, Cyber Security Analysis or IT analysis which will then be the focus of your degree studies. As well as having a day each week studying at university, your fees will be paid and you’ll be earning a competitive salary.

We ask the following from applicants to our apprenticeship programmes:

  • For our Investment Operations candidates we require a minimum of 104 UCAS points (under the new tariff for courses starting from September 2017)
  • For our Digital Degree we require a minimum of 112 UCAS points (under the new tariff for courses starting from September 2017)
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A-C or 4-9 (including Maths and English)
  • Ability to demonstrate why you want to work within the financial services industry or demonstrate your passion for digital technology
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop in different teams within the business
  • Honesty, self-motivation, reliability
  • Willingness to follow our guiding principles

Our apprenticeship programmes

Whether you go down the Investment Operations or Digital apprenticeship route you will enjoy a tailored induction programme, after which you will have the opportunity to experience different teams within AJ Bell. This gives 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.

Don’t just take our word for it; read what our apprentices have to say ...

Charlie “From the moment I started working at AJ Bell I have been made to feel very welcome and aware of the emphasis placed on ensuring that employees have everything they need to succeed and progress … I would highly recommend a career working at AJ Bell.”

Nathan “Since joining the technical investments team, my confidence and knowledge of the industry has grown massively. I’m eager to learn more and more as the days go by.”

Max “The things I have most enjoyed about AJ Bell are the working environment and the internal training that I have received. I have learned so much in just a couple of months, from both the training and also fellow colleagues.”

If you are thinking of applying or you are a parent or teacher who’d like to know more about our apprenticeships, take a look at our FAQs.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for our September 2018 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 AJ Bell apprenticeship programme.

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