Our programmes

School leaver, student or graduate? Start your career with us. Build your skills and experience on one of our apprenticeships, internships or work placements.

Programmes

  • When you finish school, university is far from your only option. Our Level 4 Apprenticeship Development Programme could be the ideal solution for you if you are:

    • keen to start your career and earn a salary
    • concerned about university fees
    • looking to develop your business and technical skills
    • eager to gain a unique insight into the workings of the UK’s Central Bank

    We have designed this 18-month programme to help talented individuals get started in their careers, and it could see you grow in a number of key roles.

    About the Programme

    Salary: £21,000

    Applications open on Monday 7 December 2020 and close on Friday 15 January 2021. 

    You can register your interest now for our 2021 scheme.  

    You’ll start with an introduction to the different types of work we do and training on essential skills.

    We’ll enrol you on a part-time, Level 4 Apprenticeship. This will complement the skills and on-the-job learning you’ll gain with us.

    Studying while working can sound challenging. But you’ll get dedicated study time. And your line manager will help you find the right balance between your studies and work. Our Future Talent Team will also be on hand to support you.

    Our apprenticeship opportunities change each year. In the past, they’ve included:

    • Associate Project Manager 
    • Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician
    • Software Developer

    Who we are looking for

    We want people who are eager to learn and serious about building a career at the heart of the UK economy. You’ll also need to know what we do, share our purpose, and be genuinely motivated to join us.

    In terms of grades, we will be looking for a minimum of five GCSEs at C (4) and above, including English and Maths, and at least 72 UCAS points (either passed or predicted) from up to three A- Levels or equivalent using the 2017 UCAS Tariff System.

    We’re committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from candidates with all backgrounds.

    Application advice 

    Each of our programmes are designed for students who are at different stages in their studies. So please don’t apply for more than one programme. If you do, we’ll only consider your first application. 

    If you would like to be considered for more than one programme in any given year, please email the Bank of England Team at Penna before you apply.  

  • When you finish school, university is far from your only option. Our Degree Apprenticeship Development Programme could be the ideal solution for you if you’re:

    • keen to start your career and earn a salary 
    • concerned about university fees
    • would like  a fully funded degree
    • looking to develop your business and technical skills 
    • eager to gain a unique insight into the workings of the UK’s central bank

    We designed this 39 month programme to help talented people get started in their careers, while studying towards a fully funded degree.

    About the programme

    Salary: £23,000

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Friday 15 January 2021.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

    You'll start with an introduction to the different types of work we do and you’ll get training on essential skills.

    Alongside this, we’ll enrol you on a part-time undergraduate degree with a reputable university. Your studies will complement the skills and on-the-job learning you will gain with us.

    Studying while working can sound challenging. But you’ll get dedicated study time. And your line manager will help you find the right balance between your studies and work. Our Future Talent Team will also be on hand to support you.

    If you are interested in the Bank’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Programme, the next step is to choose between the following opportunities:

    Data Science

    Data Science is a broad and fast-moving field spanning maths and statistics, software engineering and communications. Data Scientists blend experience and knowledge from a wide range of fields and organisations, and continuously seek to expand their range of technical skills. This apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to gain a degree, incorporating maths, statistics, software engineering and communications.

    If you are successful in securing a place on this programme, you could be allocated to one of the following areas: Data and Statistics Division (DSD) or Financial Stability Strategy and Risk (FSSR).

    Digital and Technology Solutions

    We are responsible for technology that tracks all bank notes in circulation, records gold in the vaults, manages the Real Time Gross Settlement system that settles some £575 billion sterling payments and securities every day, and defends us from cyber-attacks. We can put you right at the cutting edge of these developments - as you’d expect, working here would give you exposure to experts in the field and provide a wide range of opportunities from development of systems that underpin our economy, to working on high profile projects. We have partnered with the University of Exeter, who will provide you with quality tuition as you study towards your undergraduate degree.

    If you are successful in securing a place on this programme, you will be allocated to Technology.

    Professional Economist

    The University of Kent’s School of Economics deliver the Professional Economist Degree Apprenticeship. The Degree Apprenticeship is geared to the needs of those working as economists in the private and public sectors. The curriculum covers all of the core material included in a UK Economics BSc degree. However, the distinctive nature of the programme is the applied, data based practical approach to the teaching and learning of analytical economics, and the development of the important skills of planning, team working, adaptability and leadership. The programme is based on interactive e-learning, on and off-site academic learning and support, and annual residential weeks at the University of Kent Canterbury campus.

    If you are successful in securing a place on this programme, you could be allocated to one of the following areas: Prudential Policy Division (PPD), International Banks Supervision Division (IBD) or UK Deposit Takers Division (UKDT).

    Who we are looking for

    We want people who are eager to learn and serious about building a career at the heart of the UK economy. You will also need to know what we do, share our purpose, and be genuinely motivated to join us.

    To apply for the Data Science Degree Apprenticeship you will need at least five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths. You’ll also need to have achieved or be predicted three A-Levels at CCC or above, including Maths, or equivalent in IB.

    To apply for the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship you will need at least five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English Language and Maths. You’ll also need to have achieved or be predicted the following: A-Level AAB or IB 34/665 or BTEC DDD.

    To apply for the Professional Economist Degree Apprenticeship you will need at least five GCSEs at grade C (4) including GCSE Maths grade B (or 7) with and English grade C (or 4). You’ll also need to have achieved or be predicted three A-Levels (or equivalent) at BBB or above (or 120 UCAS points).

    We’re committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from candidates with all backgrounds.

    Application advice 

    Each of our programmes are designed for students who are at different stages in their studies.  So please don’t apply for more than one programme as we’ll only consider your first application. 

    If you would like to be considered for more than one programme in any given year, please email the Bank of England Team at Penna before you apply.  

  • Applications open on Monday 16 November 2020 and close on Monday 4 January 2021. 

    You can register your interest now for our 2021 scheme.  

    Are you keen to learn about what we do and get some practical experience? 

    We offer paid internships to university students in their first and penultimate year and to those about to start their postgraduate study.

    You’ll join a supportive and inclusive work environment with lots of opportunities to develop your skills. 

    First year internship

    Length: Six weeks over the summer
    Salary: £82.69 per day

    Entry requirements

    • In your first year on any undergraduate degree
    • Expecting a 2.1 degree classification
    • 120 UCAS points from 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) 

    What you'll learn?

    You’ll learn more about our role in the economy and gain ‘on-the-job’ skills. 

    We’ll assign you to a team and you’ll work on a specific project. Our teams include information technology, monetary policy and banking supervision. 

    You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more by attending talks and networking events.

    The type of work you would do could involve:

    • supporting the UK’s financial system 
    • working in the financial markets
    • supervising international banks 

    When you apply, we’ll ask you about your areas of interest. Find out more about what we do.

    If your performance is outstanding, we may consider you for a place on our Penultimate Year Internship or Industrial Placement program.

     

    Penultimate year internship

    Length: Eight weeks over the summer
    Salary: £83.65 per day

    Entry requirements

    • In your penultimate year of your first  degree
    • Any degree subject  
    • Expecting a 2.1 degree classification
    • 120 UCAS points from 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) 

    What will you learn?

    You will learn about our role in the UK’s economy and gain valuable ‘on-the-job’ skills.  You’ll join one of our teams and support analysts, economists or supervisors. 

    We would assign you to one of the following teams: 

    • Banking Payments & Innovation
    • Data & Statistics Division
    • Financial Market Infrastructure
    • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
    • Insurance
    • Markets
    • Resolution
    • UK Deposit Takers Supervision

    You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more by attending talks and networking events.

    When you apply, we’ll ask you about your areas of interest. Find out more about what we do.

    If your performance is outstanding, we’ll consider you for a place on our Graduate Programme or Postgraduate Internship.

    Postgraduate internship

    Length: Eight weeks over the summer
    Salary: £88.46 per day

    Entry requirements

    • Completed an undergraduate degree and about to start a postgraduate degree in economics or finance
    • expecting a 2.1 degree classification
    • 120 UCAS points from 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) 

    What will you learn?

    You’ll focus on a project, working closely with economists or analysts to collect and analyse data. 

    We’ll introduce you to what the Bank of England does and you’ll be able to attend talks and networking events.

    You could be working in one of the following areas: 

    • Data & Statistics 
    • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
    • International
    • Markets
    • Monetary Analysis

    When you apply we’ll ask if you have any specific areas of interest. For more information about the areas which we recruit in, take a look at what we do

    If your performance is outstanding, we’ll consider you for a place on our Graduate programme.

  • Length: 13 months, starting in July or August 2021

    Salary: £22,000

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Monday 2 November 2020.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

    Entry requirements

    • Studying any undergraduate degree that allows you to do a placement year
    • On target for a class 2.1 degree
    • 120 UCAS points from three A-Levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies) using the 2017 UCAS Tariff System. This is equivalent to 300 UCAS points using the pre-2017 UCAS Tariff System
    • You don’t already have a degree

    About the programme

    We’ve designed this programme to help talented people gain valuable work experience at the heart of the UK’s financial system. 

    First of all, we’ll introduce you to the different types of work we do. Then, you’ll work in a team, getting involved in our policy, research and operational work. You’ll also attend regular training and events with your fellow Industrial Placement colleagues.

    If your performance is outstanding, we may offer you a place on our Graduate Programme or Postgraduate Internship.

    Where you could work

    If you are interested in our Industrial Placement Programme, we will ask you to choose from the following opportunities:

    Operations

    This is our generalist scheme. It is open to students from any degree discipline. 

    You could be working in one of the following areas:

    • banking and payments
    • financial stability policy 
    • internal audits
    • financial markets 
    • prudential regulation
    • supervision  

    Data

    If you’re interested in data, this is for you. Our data scientists engage with audiences and demonstrate insights that make us more agile, innovative and effective. 

    Applicants are usually studying a degree that involves numeracy skills. If you apply for this role, we’ll ask you to do an online Excel test as part of the recruitment process. 

    The type of work you would do could involve: 

    • data and statistics
    • finance

    Economics

    Applicants for this role are usually studying an economics, finance or other numerical degree. To apply, you’ll need to complete an online Excel test as part of the recruitment process.

    The type of work you would do could involve: 

    • financial stability policy
    • prudential regulation policy 
    • monetary policy

    Technology

    Get hands-on experience working with our technical experts and get involved in our projects. 

    You would work in our Technology division and your work could involve:

    • providing technology support to colleagues across our organisation
    • understanding their needs and suggesting technological solutions
    • developing and presenting reports on change projects

    You don’t need a degree in Computer Science to apply. 

    Supervision

    This is open to students from any degree discipline. 

    This role involves supervising financial institutions such as insurance companies, banks and building societies. 

    The type of work you would do could involve: 

    • authorisations
    • financial market infrastructure
    • international banks supervision
    • insurance
    • resolution
    • UK deposit takers supervision

    Who are we looking for?

    If you’re motivated to work for us, we would love to hear from you. 

    We are looking for people who enjoy working with other people and are:

    • open to  diverse ideas and  debate
    • quick learners
    • able to work with tools and data sources
    • able to set their own targets, meet tight deadlines and use their own initiative

    We employ people from all backgrounds to join our diverse and inclusive workforce.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Bank of England Team at Penna.

  • Length: Two years and three months, starting in September 2021

    Salary: £30,000

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Monday 23 November 2020.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

    Entry requirements:

    • Expecting or have achieved a 2.1 class degree
    • 120 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies) using the 2017 UCAS Tariff System
    • Have less than two years relevant work experience
    • Any degree subject

    What will you learn?

    You’ll gather and analyse information, take part in meetings, and start to develop the skills you need to become an expert analyst.

    We’ll give you a comprehensive introduction to what the Bank of England does and you’ll be able to attend talks and networking events.

    Our working environment is supportive and inclusive. You’ll join many other people on the graduate scheme, so it will be fun and sociable too. 

    We’ll ask you to apply for one of the following areas:

    Operations

    This is our generalist scheme. It is open to students from any degree discipline. We would assign you to one of the following teams: 

    • Banking Payments & Innovation
    • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
    • Internal Audit 
    • Markets
    • Prudential Policy Directorate
    • Supervisory Risk Specialists

    Economist

    If you’re doing an undergraduate degree in economics or finance, this is for you.

    We would assign you to one of the following teams: 

    • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
    • Prudential Policy Directorate

    Risk

    We will help you develop technical expertise in areas such as stress-testing, the Help to Buy scheme or wider market risks. These roles are within our Supervisory Risk Specialists Directorate.

    Data

    If you study a quantitative degree such as maths or engineering, this is for you. You’ll collect, compile and analyse data for publication.

    We would assign you to one of the following teams:

    • Data & Statistics Division
    • Finance

    Technology

    Interested in technology? You don’t need a degree in Computer Science to work with us because we will support you in achieving a Level 7 (MSc) apprenticeship in Digital and Technologies Solutions.

    We would assign you to one of the following technology teams: 

    • Project Management
    • System Development and Engineering
    • Service Management.

    Supervision

    You can have any degree to become a supervisor. Your role would involve supervising financial institutions such as insurance companies, banks and building societies.  

    We would assign you to one of the following teams: 

    • Authorisations
    • Financial Market Infrastructure
    • International Banks Supervision
    • Insurance
    • Resolution
    • UK Deposit Takers Supervision

    Postgraduate

    If you’re doing a master’s degree in Economics or Finance, this is for you. 

    We would assign you to one of the following teams: 

    • Financial Stability Strategy & Risk
    • International, Markets
    • Monetary Analysis
    • Prudential Policy Directorate

    Are you who we’re looking for? 

    If you’re motivated to work for us, we would love to work with you. We’re looking for people who enjoy working with people and share our values of diverse ideas and open debate. You need to be a quick learner who’s able to work with tools and data sources. You also have to be comfortable with setting your own targets, meeting tight deadlines and working under your own initiative. 

    We employ people from all backgrounds to join our diverse and inclusive staff. 

    Want to know more? Read our graduate learning journey.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Bank of England Team at Penna.

    • 42 month programme
    • Apply maths and statistics to real world problems
    • Build financial models and apply actuarial techniques to analyse business problems
    • Use core economic principles

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and closes on Monday 23 November 2020.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

    Entry requirements:

    • 2.1 in a numerical subject
    • 120 UCAS points using the 2017 UCAS Tariff System (this is equivalent to 300 UCAS points using the pre 2017 UCAS Tariff System)A-Level (or equivalent) in Maths at grade B or above

    What you’ll learn

    You’ll learn the business and technical skills you’ll need as you start your career. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the firms we regulate to make them safer and sounder. As part of your role, you’ll learn to assess risks, prepare reports and hold firms accountable. You’ll also qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. We’ll support you through your professional studies with study leave, funding for study and a salary increase as you progress on the programme.

    Where you’ll work

    You could be allocated to one of the following teams:

    • Insurance
    • Prudential Policy

    Who we are looking for 

    We’re looking for someone who is about to graduate or has graduated in the last two years. You’ll need analytical skills and plenty of initiative, as well commitment to the role.

  • Length: Three years
    Salary: There is a fixed salary package of £57,000 for the three year duration of the programme, plus competitive benefits and pension. At the end of the three-year programme, you will continue your career here in either a research or policy role, depending on your personal preferences and interests.

    Entry requirements:

    • New or recent PhD graduates
    • Must hold (or expect to complete by end-2021) a PhD in Economics, Finance or any other subject relevant to central bank policymaking

    Where you’ll work

    Within one of our Policy areas, including time in the Research Hub.

    What you’ll learn

    This programme offers you an opportunity to develop your research skills. You’ll spend at least 50% of your time doing research and also get involved in policy work in your area. You’ll write top-quality journals and collaborate with external and visiting academics. 

    Are you who we’re looking for?

    We’re looking for a highly trained and innovative researcher who can produce, publish, and communicate their work effectively. This programme isn’t just for people with a PhD in Economics or Finance. So if your field is relevant to central bank policymaking and you have the technical skills needed for our research projects, why not apply today?

    Apply now

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Monday 16 November 2020.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

  • Entry requirements:

    • Three years of post-PhD work experience in academic or policymaking institutions

    What you’ll learn

    This role offers you the opportunity to address the questions facing central banks today. This is a unique experience as we are one of only a handful of institutions internationally who are responsible for delivering monetary, macroprudential, and microprudential policy.

    Read the full job description here.

    Are you who we’re looking for?

    Are you an experienced researcher? We’re looking for someone with more than three years of post-PhD work experience in academic or policymaking institutions who will contribute to and lead our research work.

    Apply now

    Applications open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Monday 16 November 2020.

    Applications for 2021 roles are now open.

  • Length: Typically 12 weeks
    Salary: We will offer you a daily rate of £100 per day and pro rata holiday entitlement, based on 25 days per annum. If you don’t live in London then you’ll also receive an accommodation allowance of £100 per week during your stay. If you’re from overseas, you will be reimbursed for an economy class return flight to London. 

    Entry requirements:

    • Currently studying for your PhD.
    • Expecting to submit your thesis in the next two years.
    • If your studies focus on one of the following areas it’s helpful but all disciplines are considered:
      • Monetary economics
      • Macroprudential framework, policy instruments within and beyond the banking sector and their transmission mechanism
      • Open-economy macroeconomics and international finance
      • Financial economics, including banking theory and regulation, risk modelling and management, stress testing, macro-finance and asset pricing
      • Supervisory indicators, decision-making and communication, and the interaction with firms and their culture and behaviour
      • Applied econometrics and big data analysis, including text-based analysis, use of large micro datasets, and regulatory data
      • Technological and structural change in money, banking and financial markets

    Where you’ll work

    You’ll work closely with economists on a research project in one of the following areas: monetary analysis, financial stability, international economics, prudential policy, supervision, risk management, and financial markets.

    What you’ll learn

    Our research explores the fundamental issues facing central banks today. This programme gives you the opportunity to experience economic analysis, policy and research at the highest level. You’ll be placed in one of our business areas and contribute to current research projects.  We’re flexible about when you do the internship but most people choose to come here over the summer.

    Read the full job description here.

    Are you who we’re looking for?

    We’re looking for someone who is expecting to submit their PhD thesis in the next two years. You’ll need to be enthusiastic about contributing to our research, as part of your role will include shaping the Bank’s policies.

    Apply now

    Applications open on Monday 16 November 2020. If you would like to receive an update as soon as applications open, please register your interest here.

    For 2020 Internships we have launched a new Scholarship programme to support your next year at university. If you are applying for any of the below Internships at the Bank, please see the ‘African-Caribbean Scholarship’ section below.

  • Applications open on Monday 16 November 2020 and close on Monday 4 January 2021.

    This is a scholarship of at least £5000 towards the costs of living and study for one academic year (2021/22).

    Who can apply

    Students from a Black, Mixed African or Caribbean background with a household income of less than £50,000 a year.

    You need to have also applied for one of our internships

    Are you who we’re looking for?

    We’re looking for a student from a Black, Mixed African or Caribbean background that will join us on a Future Talent Internship in 2021. If you have applied for the our First Year, Penultimate Year or Postgraduate Internship, you can also be considered for our African-Caribbean Scholarship. If you successfully receive a job offer for the internship, you will also to have the opportunity to receive a minimum of £5,000 to contribute towards your 2021/2022 academic year of study. Intern applicants will receive further information on how to be considered for this funding opportunity, so it is important to ensure you have applied for one of the Internships ahead of the application deadline.

Our people

Meet our PhDs

Arthur Turrell

  • University

    University of Durham, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London

    Degree Studied

    BSc in Maths and Physics, Masters in Mathematics, PhD in Physics

    Programme

    PhD programme

    Business Area

    Advanced Analytics

    The many opportunities to do research on substantive problems attracted me to the Bank. Even more importantly, there are policymakers down the hallway who are eager to hear about good quality research and implement policies based upon it – your research can have a huge impact here. Additionally, junior researchers at the Bank can afford to be novel and innovative in their work in a way that isn’t always possible at a university.

    I've found it is a much more team-oriented environment than a faculty at a university; there’s a sense that everyone is pulling together to make policy as good as it can be. What surprises me is policymakers' appetite for publicating quality research, and their willingness to act upon it.

Neeltje Van Horen

  • University

    University of Amsterdam

    Degree Studied

    PhD in Economics

    Programme

    PhD programme

    Business Area

    Research Hub

    I've been a researcher at policy institutions throughout my career as I like to get inspired by current policy debates. I took a position as research advisor in the newly created Research Hub in 2016 as I was attracted to the renewed focus on research at the Bank of England. My job involves doing research and contribute to building a strong research environment in the Bank. I like that the Bank provides career tracks specifically designed for researchers. 

    The Bank has a very dynamic research community and provides an inspiring environment for researchers interested in research relevant to the Bank’s core operations. Being located in London is an added bonus as it allows for ample interaction with researchers in academia. Staff is very collaborative and friendly and there is a lot of diversity. There is ample scope for debate and for thinking outside the box.

Meet the Interns

Marie Axt

  • University

    Durham University

    Degree Studied

    Philosophy, Politics & Economics

    Programme

    Penultimate Year Internship

    Business Area

    Banking, Payment and Financial Resilience - Payment and Settlement Analysis

    My reasons for applying to the Bank were similar to those that lead to my decision to study PPE. I am very interested in everything that shapes, defines and makes up our society and the Bank of England is an institution at the very heart of it. You get to do meaningful work with a real impact on people’s lives while experiencing working at a public, yet independent institution which means you get to enjoy benefits from both, the public and the private sector.

    The work atmosphere here is really great. Everyone in my team is happy to explain to me what’s going on and show me how things are done here. Most employees are very passionate and through their diverse backgrounds there is a sheer endless pool of perspectives to explore on highly relevant and current issues. This is also picked up by the Bank itself which really encourages you to continuously explore, learn and broaden your horizon.

    I was surprised how much trust I was afforded right from the beginning. I was given my own, quite substantial project to work on with a lot of freedom and discretion. For that I also get to research across the Bank’s databases which means reading through lots of interesting documents that contain information I usually couldn’t access. It truly feels like I am an employee here and am not excluded because of my intern status.

Callum Onyenaobiya

  • University

    University of Warwick

    Degree Studied

    Computer Science

    Programme

    First Year Internship

    Business Area

    Financial Markets Infrastructure Directorate

    I have a great interest in technology and problem solving. I have always had a great curiosity in how technology underpins the world of finance. The Bank of England provides me with a unique opportunity to not only work within the Bank, but learn where the skills I am developing at University fit in within the Bank and the financial world itself. The Bank has a clear drive in challenging and bringing out the best in their staff, a working environment I feel privileged to be a part of.

    Every member of staff is friendly and welcoming. Despite working in FMID, I now have a strong understanding of numerous areas within the Bank. Not only thanks to the staff members I had to pleasure of speaking with, but also the vast variety of seminars the Bank put on in order for all members of the Bank to share ideas and knowledge; resulting in an open and productive workplace. I have felt honoured to have the chance to talk with such self-motivated people who all strive towards the Bank’s common goal.

    As a first year Intern, I did not expect to be given as much freedom with my project as I was. Having a passion for technology, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to explore tools such as R and VBA. Implementing such tools in my project meant not only have I taken away a stronger understanding of how the Bank works, but also skills I did not expect to learn which will prove beneficial in progressing through my career. This was only possible due to the Bank’s passion for challenging and bringing out the best in people.

Meet the Industrial placements

Max Capel

  • University

    University of Bath

    Degree Studied

    Economics

    Programme

    Industrial Placement

    Business Area

    Monetary Analysis

    The main reason I chose the bank is because I believed that it would be the best place to apply the knowledge I had learned in my degree to work. Over the past year I’ve felt I’ve been able to apply my degree and have also been able to build on my previous knowledge in a working environment.

    The thing that I have enjoyed most about my time working at the Bank is the atmosphere. Everyone I work with is extremely friendly and always happy to take time to explain anything that I might not understand.

    The main thing that has surprised me about my time at the Bank is the variety of work that you can get involved in. Over the course of the year I’ve been involved in a variety of different projects and work streams. I have found this very interesting and it has allowed me to build skills and knowledge across a broad range of subjects.

Matthew Eaton

  • University

    Cardiff University

    Degree Studied

    BSc Accounting and Finance

    Programme

    Industrial Placement

    Business Area

    Technology

    To be able to finish work each day knowing that the work you have done has helped enable the Bank’s mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom through financial and monetary stability, is something that you could only do at the Bank of England.

    The Bank has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise across different fields, meaning you can develop your technical skills and further yourself by working alongside these experts, who are always open and happy to offer advice and guidance.

    Working at a historic and national institution, gives you the chance to make a positive contribution to society and gives you a great sense of actually making a difference to society. Being in Technology, which underpins all aspects of the Bank’s mission, means you can get involved in a variety of fascinating, fast paced workstreams, which are vital to the functioning of the Bank.

    I like that The Bank operates in a collaborative and open environment, with colleagues always willing to share experience and information, making you feel welcomed and valued from the very start.

    One of the things that surprised me the most was how open everyone is! Whether you just want to have a catch up with someone who may be able to help you with a project, or enquiring about the different networks that exist at the Bank, there is always a friendly face eager and willing to help you in whatever way they can. The Bank is full of people who truly care about you as a person and your career at the Bank.

Meet the Graduates

Zandy Adjirackor

  • University

    The University of Manchester

    Degree Studied

    BSc Economics

    Programme

    Graduate Actuarial Programme

    Business Area

    Prudential Regulation Authority

    Having studied Economics at University, I was keen to see how the theory worked in practice. I chose to apply to the Bank because of the influence it has on the UK Economy as well as the individual perspective I myself could gain being so centrally involved in UK financial stability. I wanted something challenging, interesting, current and with purpose and felt that the Bank offered just that.

    The people that you meet at the Bank are from a range of backgrounds with a wealth of specialist knowledge and years of experience. The collaborative nature of work here is definitely a stand out feature and an element that allows for an enjoyable working environment. Many are willing to share their expertise whilst also encouraging input from colleagues all around. The culture here allows for easy interaction between individuals and for ideas to be easily shared. You’re encouraged to be inquisitive and for that reason, you are constantly learning! 

    The projects and areas of work that you get involved with are incredibly varied and therefore no two days are the exact same. With Specialism research pieces focused on the key risk areas faced by insurance, work is both challenging and thought provoking. Alongside the opportunities offered to liaise with industry executives in ongoing supervision, working here provides ample opportunity to develop both soft and hard skills. The level of responsibility that you’re given so early on within your career is another great aspect of working here.

Sabrina Brookfield

  • University

    University of Aston

    Degree Studied

    IT Management for Business

    Programme

    Graduate Programme

    Business Area

    Information Security Division

    I choose the Bank for a number of reasons. Everyone I spoke to said how collaborative and friendly Bank staff were and how much the values really affected the culture. I really wanted to work in technology but not in the technology sector and I had already worked in finance services so it felt like the perfect fit. There was a strong emphasis placed on learning and development, not only within the graduate scheme with the Central Banking Qualification but also on the job, with plenty of opportunities for shadowing and cross-divisional working.

    I really enjoy the culture in the Bank, there is a real emphasis placed on wellbeing and taking an initiative not only in the work we do but also in the way that we work. A lot of the work I do has a unique sector overview and could not be done in the same way anyway else but requires collaboration with other organisations. I feel that the work I do has real world impact and its working towards the mission of the Bank. You cannot also help but enjoy working in a building like the Bank.

    I thought the culture of the Bank would be much more traditional and it would be harder to get across ideas. A lot of staff members work from home or hot desk and there are plenty of opportunities to express ideas for work and the Bank as a whole.  There is a register for opportunities across the Bank and you can shadow just about any team within the Bank. I did not expect to have much responsibility in my first year but I am a team lead on a project and produce reports going to senior management.

Meet the Apprentices

Janet Siwoku

  • University

    BPP Business School

    Degree studying 

    Chartered Management

    Programme 

    Degree Apprenticeship

    Business Area

    Technology

    I chose to do a Degree Apprenticeship because I wanted to enhance my technical knowledge of organisations and the wider macro and micro economy alongside my practical day-to-day experience. 

    It has definitely increased my technical knowledge and helped me to view the organisation in a holistic way. I’ve studying modules such as:

    • How organisations behave
    • The business world
    • Money matters
    • Managing business operations and technology at work 

    The study ties in closely with my day-to-day role and that’s highly advantageous. I knew it would improve my analytical skill set but it has also massively improved my time management and my ability to prioritise.

    As part of completing this Degree Apprenticeship, I’ve also been given membership to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This is an accredited professional institution for leadership and management.

    One of the main reasons I undertook this degree is because the Bank of England fully fund it. So I’m not indebted to any student loan. 

    I usually study for one day during my working week. Undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship alongside a full time job is a huge commitment and requires a lot of hard work. But I would definitely encourage it.

Ryan Lovelock

  • University

    University of Exeter (via distance learning)

    Degree Studying

    BSc Digital and Technology Solutions

    Programme

    Degree Apprenticeship

    Business Area

    Financial Stability, Strategy and Risk

    I picked an apprenticeship over going to university. Firstly because I wasn’t 100% sure what I was most passionate about when I left school. And secondly, because I knew I could gain valuable work experience at a great organization while gaining a high quality degree.

    I chose this course because I knew I would learn how to enhance my workplace productivity and increase my proficiency in a number of skills. So far, I have learnt and applied:

    • specialised programming techniques across various languages
    • the processes of IT project management
    • some techniques in web development. 

    I’ve always been interested in tech and the benefits  it can have on workplaces. I knew that by taking on this course, I would increase my skills massively and be able to apply them at the Bank of England. 

    The course was fully funded and I got lots of support. I also had the opportunity to visit the university for a residential trip, so I got some experience of student life.

    This degree has had a huge impact on me personally. It has motivated me to learn new skills that can aid the work that I do here.

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