The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank

Here at The Co-operative Bank we're committed to doing the right thing and building the digital, ethical bank of the future. That makes each day with us challenging, versatile and rewarding. As one of our graduates you’ll be at the heart of it all.

With leadership programmes across banking, finance, digital, marketing, products and technology and transformation, whatever your interest, if you share our values and have the talent and initiative to drive forward our business, we may have a great opportunity for you. You’ll learn at pace and gain exposure to senior leaders and a variety of projects and teams, giving you everything you need to be a future leader at our bank; all whilst working towards a professional qualification.

Don’t’ just take our word for it. Read what some of our current graduates and alumni have to say...


“After a general induction I went straight into a placement in the branch network. I was offered flexibility with location and the experience made me appreciate what matters the most – the customer experience. I’ve also been on placements in one of our contact centres and in the back office, all of which have helped me grow as a leader.”
Ben James, Banking Leadership Programme

“The Co-operative Bank aims to develop and challenge you whilst also giving you a great support network. My second project meant I was in weekly contact with the CEO and the Executive team - you don't get that kind of exposure at some of the larger banks. It was difficult but the support I had really made me feel empowered and it was very rewarding. The first thing I noticed about the Bank is how friendly everyone is; no one is unwilling to help you learn and develop and that really helped me settle in fast. Because of that I felt empowered to use my voice and now some of the contributions I have made are having a positive impact on the Bank.”
Bethany Hardy, Technology and Transformation Leadership Programme

“I’ve really enjoyed the accelerated learning process the graduate scheme at the Bank provides you with. I have been given more responsibility and opportunities than I anticipated I would have received at this stage of my career, which reflects how much the Bank values the scheme.”
Mathew O’Connor, Finance Leadership Programme

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Fantastic support
There’s much more to our graduate programmes than on-the-job experience. We’ll give you all of the support we can to drive your career and develop you as a person, challenging you to become an expert in your chosen field. We’ll assign you a mentor and work with you on a personal development plan to draw together every aspect of your learning, from technical training to leadership skills.

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Application Procedure

Application 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’ll ask you to participate in:
• An online application and screening
• Online psychometric tests
• A video assessment
• An assessment centre
• A final interview

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Why work for us?
We've always been driven by something different: an ethical approach to banking. It’s why we were the first UK high street bank to introduce a customer-led Ethical Policy – a policy that’s been shaped by over 320,000 customer responses since it was launched in 1992. It’s why our values and ethics underpin everything we do. It’s part of what makes us different. If you share our passion for doing the right thing, you could help us shape the digital, ethical bank of the future.

In addition to training and support to develop your career with us, as a Co-operative Bank graduate you’ll enjoy::

• A two year leadership programme working towards a professional qualification
• £27,500 starting salary plus performance-based salary reviews
• Our Manchester City Centre HQ – a recently refurbished building right opposite Victoria Train Station
• 27 days leave + bank holidays + the opportunity to buy more
• Two paid volunteer days a year
• Flexible working
• Up to 10% pension contribution
• Retail and gym discounts
• Exposure to Senior Leaders from across the organisation
• The opportunity to network with other graduates and peers on strategic bank-wide projects.
• Encouragement to attend internal and external networking groups
• The opportunity to practice your public speaking skills and get feedback and advice from experienced professionals
• The opportunity to make a real difference