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
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.
If we offer you a role, one of the first things we’ll do is invite you to join our website for successful graduates – our onboarding portal. It’s a great way for us to communicate key messages and to make sure you’re all ready for your first day. We’ll pair you up with your buddy who’ll be able to answer your questions before starting and who’ll help you settle in. We’ll introduce you to your line manager before you start too, because we want to make sure you hit the ground running.
#Banking, #RBS is a programme we’ve designed to help you get ready for day one and to give you the key skills that’ll take you through your first six months. It’s a series of modules all our graduates take part in and it’ll help you understand how our entire business operates.
The training focuses on:
- How our business is structured
- Who your customers are going to be
- How we judge risk
- How we’re innovating and the external business climate
- Networking with other business areas
- Seeing the front to back and back to front of our whole operation
We kick off your training before your first day where you’ll complete some short, bite size activities that we’ll build on when you join. After you start, you’ll have the chance to take part in a series of learning modules to improve your understanding of our whole business, how we’re connected with each other and how we drive successful customer outcomes.
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.
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 six months.
For the remaining rotations you’ll get to experience rotations in our business facing teams, our Policy and Advice team, our expert centre teams and People Service and Delivery Team. We will work with you on each of these so you experience a broad range of placements. You’ll have an opportunity to tell us your preferences for the final placement. 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.
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 7) qualification.
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!
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.
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