Human Resources Graduate programme

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.

About the programme

Primarily based in Edinburgh, 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. There may be a requirement to spend a rotation in Manchester or London.

As a Graduate trainee 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 £31,850. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package.

After a full induction, the programme is structured around four six month rotations, each based in different areas of HR. Whichever 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 in HR 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 Graduate Professional Development journey below.

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’ll 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.

Programmes open

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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