Risk Graduate programmes

Salary £33,500 (per annum)

Starts September 2024

Duration 2 years

Qualifications required Already obtained or are on course to achieving a 2:1 degree

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Our goal in Risk

Our role is to make sure we’re doing the right thing as an organisation – for our people and our customers. Risk management allows us to strike a balance between taking risks and reducing them.

It’s our responsibility to manage risk across the bank, ensuring we have the right culture, strategy and rules in place. We also manage interactions with key regulators, providing trusted advice to the colleagues who are serving our customers.

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What’s great about the programme?

Every area of our business is different – they each need their own skillsets, their own challenges, their own nuances. What better way to find out what working in a business area is like, than from the people who already work there?

See what Sonia thinks about their experience in Risk.

Is the programme for you?

There are two routes you can choose to take on our Risk Graduate programme.

Our Risk Management programme will suit the sort of person who likes the sound of assessing risks and data and advising stakeholders on the results, all while developing your quantitative and qualitative skills.

Our Risk Model Specialist programme is more suited if you like to apply your coding and modelling skills to understand and analyse patterns across our customer lifecycle, and want to learn more about new technology developments, emerging regulation and new strategic risks. For this programme, you need to have a strong STEM subject under your belt – ideally in a mathematical or highly numerical field.

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What can the programme teach you?

Our Risk Management programme is your chance to build on your critical thinking, influencing and decision-making abilities. You’ll work on your project and change management skills, and gain an understanding of banking regulations and economic market activity.

Our Risk Model Specialist programme is your opportunity to learn the skills it takes to analyse and interpret data, and design, build and validate models that estimate the risk of future losses for us and our customers.

Whichever path you take, our two-year programme will provide you with the skills and experience you’ll need to become a leading risk professional.

What can you gain from the programme?

  • An understanding of how to identify, analyse and report on risk, and the opportunity to shape our policies on how much risk we wish to take
  • The chance to drive change and innovation projects, building your business partnering and stakeholder management skills
  • The opportunity to work towards a professional qualification

Where can the programme take you?

To get an idea of where this programme could lead, previous graduates have gone on to roles in Risk such as:

  • Risk Partner
  • Conduct Advisor
  • Operational Risk Manager

Graduate programmes in Risk


Application process

Step 1: Apply

Get your application off to a great start by reading through our top tips and finding out what we’re looking for.

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Step 2: Work scenario assessments

Once you’ve applied, we’ll invite you to complete some initial assessments. This will help you find out more about working at NatWest as well as helping us understand a bit more about you.

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Step 3: Reasoning skills assessments

Once you’ve completed your work scenarios we’d like to learn a bit more about your reasoning and problem solving skills. These also give you an idea of the sort of work you might be doing with us.

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Step 4: More about you

If you pass the initial assessments, we’d really like to find out more about you. We’ll ask you to record your responses to six questions that tell us why you’re the best person for the job.

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Step 5: Virtual assessment centre

Once you’ve told us a bit more about yourself we’ll invite you to our final virtual assessment stage. This will help us find out how well you’ll fit in working with us.

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Step 6: Offer

If you’re successful at our virtual assessment centre – congratulations, we’ll make you an offer!

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Meet our people

We all bring our own uniqueness to work, and why shouldn’t we. We’re encouraged to do so. Meet our colleagues and find out a little more about the people you could be working with.