Graduate Scheme 2018

Length: 2 years
Salary: £26,500 + benefits 
Start: September 2018
Based: Manchester

We know you're considering all options when planning your future career. So, why us? Well, here at the co-operative bank we're committed to doing the right thing - and never settling for second best - that makes each day unique and rewarding. As one of our graduates you’ll be at the heart of it all. You’ll join an ethical bank that’s continues to win awards for service. Whose colleagues live and breathe the organisational values. Our future is exciting. Yours should be too.



Here, you won’t stand still. You’ll learn at pace, grow quickly and take on more and more responsibility from day one. Working alongside top-tier professionals and being supported by a mentor, you'll learn from some of the best minds in the industry. You'll also work towards a professional qualification and rotate across teams in your business area to learn everything you need to know to be a future leader. It's amazing what you'll achieve on one of our graduate schemes:

  • Finance Programme
  • Product and Proposition Management Programme
  • Legal and Corporate Governance Programme
  • Credit Risk Analytics & Modelling Programme
  • Technology & Transformation Programme
  • Audit Programme
  • Treasury Programme

What you’ll need

  • The passion to really drive your career in banking
  • Share our ethics and values
  • At least a 2:1 degree or a 2:2 with a Masters (ideally in a numerical, scientific, analytical or business related subject)
  • GCSE Maths & English (or equivalent) at grade C or above
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK


  • Applications for this year will close at 12:00am on Wednesday the 14th of Feb

Our assessment process

We’ve designed our process so we can get to know each other better along the way. You’ll be able to show us what you can do and you’ll get a real insight into what it’s like to work here. We assess people using a range of assessments including:

  • Online application and screening
  • Online psychometric tests
  • Video interview
  • Assessment centre
  • Final interview

For an organisation to grow and thrive, it needs us to look beyond the here and now and invest for the future. It is my belief that some of our most capable leaders and experts were set up to succeed by the experiences and opportunities afforded to them on our graduate programme. Furthermore, I firmly believe that our values and ethics make The Co-operative Bank a compelling choice for graduates many of whom share our desire to improve the world around us. We are proud of the progress we have made as a bank inthe last few years and hope that you'll see the prospect of a career in an organisation that dares to be different as attractive and compelling.

Liam Coleman, CEO