Human ResourcesGraduate Pathway

Location: Edinburgh Qualifications: 2:1 or equivalent Start date: September 2018

Forge a career in HR, and help us make this an inspiring place to work, where everyone can feel at home, give their best, and develop their talents.

You’ll learn about the vital role HR plays in the bank and the values that unite us across different brands, locations and business areas. Your passion for people – how we communicate and work together – will be key in shaping our people strategy going forward.

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Hear from Ross, a graduate on our Human Resources programme.

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About the programmes

The aim of this two year programme is to equip you with the skills and experiences you’ll need to become a leading HR professional.

You’ll learn how HR functions in a large financial organisation, and gain hands on experience in a wide range of areas, from recruitment and employee wellbeing to policy development, business change and leadership support.

You’ll not only be learning, but bringing new ideas to the table, and helping us deliver the strategy which underpins how we work together and support each other. You’ll also have the chance to get involved with some exciting digital innovation projects that are transforming how we work.

You’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of £27,000, depending on location. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package, more information can be found here.  

After a full induction, the programme is structured around four six month rotations, each based in different areas of HR. Whatever path you take through the rotations, you can look forward to:

  • Working with HR Partners and experts in fields like Reward, Policy & Proposition and Learning & Development
  • Supporting change projects from a people perspective
  • Building excellent project and stakeholder management skills
  • Developing the confidence and influencing skills to raise ideas and challenge the status quo

At the end of the two years, we hope to see you join us in a permanent role. We’ll be supporting your career development throughout, but particularly during your last rotation we’ll focus on what roles you could step into next. This programme will be excellent preparation for a wide range of career paths, and some of the possible roles you could move into include:

  • HR Consultant
  • Resourcing Consultant
  • Change Manager

Supporting you

We pride ourselves on the professional support we offer our graduates, and the friendly, down to earth community our graduates have shaped themselves.

Before you start, you’ll be paired with a ‘buddy’ (a graduate already on the programme) who’ll be there to help you get settled, answer any questions, and share their experiences.

You’ll also be assigned a Graduate Coach and a Placement Manager. Your Graduate Coach will be there to provide support throughout the programme, and will work with you to create a personal Capability Plan; your Placement Manager will provide rotation specific support, and will change with each placement. Together, they’ll help you reflect on your progress, develop your career, and build your professional network.

For a fuller picture of how you’ll progress through the programme and the support you’ll receive at each stage, check out the Learning Journey below.

Learning Journey

  1. Induction

    This will include meeting your buddy and support team, getting to know your fellow graduates, and taking part in an in-depth induction period, which will give you a broad understanding of how RBS works, our values, and our goals.

    You’ll hear from leaders across our business and be brought up to speed on key topics like our customers, bank structure, entrepreneurship, risk and control, technology and digital innovation.

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  2. Rotations

    After the induction, you’ll begin your first rotation. You’ll be assigned a line manager and team in HR and be immersed in their work for 6 months.

    For the remaining rotations you’ll have time to discuss options with your support team and apply to the areas that interest you. The final selection will depend on both your motivations and the business’ needs.

    The scale and diversity of RBS means you’ll benefit from an excellent range of placement options. The overall aim of the rotation system is to give you exposure to the full breadth of work we do. So, wherever you go, variety is key.

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  3. Qualifications

    As you progress through each rotation you’ll be able to take advantage of a comprehensive suite of learning and training options to develop the technical and business expertise you’ll need.

    This will involve undertaking the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD Level 5) qualification.

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  4. Community Project

    During the programme you’ll take part in a community project with a team of fellow graduates. This involves linking up with a charitable organisation and developing and delivering a solution to support their work.

    You’ll have the chance to participate in a fund raising competition with other teams, and present your project to a panel of senior managers. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to a valuable cause and put your entrepreneurial skills to the test!

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  5. Future capability plan

    In your final rotation you’ll discuss career plans with your support team, so you’ll be ready for the transition to a permanent role. The decisions you make here won’t be spur of the moment – they’ll be the result of long standing discussions, and a carefully crafted Future Capability Plan that runs throughout this programme.

    From start to finish, this plan will empower you to develop your talents and tailor your own learning journey, while covering the core themes which are central to our business’ success. It will form the basis of discussions with your support team, and incorporate formal and self-led learning.

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About you

To be eligible for this programme, you’ll need to be on course for, or already possess, a 2:1 in your degree.

We’re a varied function, and you don’t need to be studying a particular subject to succeed here. But we will be looking for people who can demonstrate:

  • An inquisitive and innovative mind-set
  • The ability to build great working relationships, based on understanding, empathy and trust
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to learn quickly, take ownership and adapt to new challenges
  • Flexible communication skills and a strong collaborative ethos

If you’re passionate about understanding and supporting people, then RBS would be a great place to develop your career.

Current openings

Take a look at programmes that are currently open for application below. You can also visit our application advice pages, where you’ll find details about the application process, as well as tips and advice to help you at every stage.

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