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There's much more to financial services than working in a bank. From cyber security to insurances and investments, there are lots of exciting opportunities on offer.

Pupils can get a taste of what working in financial services is like with a three-day work placement through the Unified Schools Programme.

Companies in Scotland such as BlackRock, Baillie Gifford, Deloitte, Bank of Scotland, HSBC, JP Morgan and more will give pupils an insight into careers they didn't know existed and show how some of the biggest financial services companies are run.

What's in the programme?

By taking part in the programme, pupils will:

  • Build new skills and experience in the world of work
  • Work with, and be mentored by, industry professionals
  • Gain valuable experience
  • Take the first steps to a career in financial services
  • Explore different career paths within the industry
  • Strengthen their CV or job application

How to get involved

Sign up to Marketplace

Register for Marketplace and join a growing community who are already engaging with schools through events, workshops and placements.

Upload your opportunity

Create the placement opportunity specific to your business with relevant information. Make sure to add 'USP' at the start of your opportunity so your local DYW group know it's part of the programme. They'll approve it, and then teachers can book it through My World of Work.

Make the connection

Once a pupil has expressed an interest in your opportunity, the DYW group will collect together the applications and pass them over for your approval before arranging for the placement to start.

This short video shows you how to upload your work experience placement on Marketplace:

Download the pupil booklet and mentor booklet for use during the work placements below. Use the educator presentation to give young people more information about the financial services industry and the Unified Schools Programme.


12 September 2019

Pupil Booklet.docx (docx, 1.26912879943848 MB


18 October 2019

Mentor Booklet.docx (1) (docx, 643.61328125 KB


15 April 2020

Educator presentation (pptx, 4.44445896148682 MB

What's next?

Head to Marketplace to get registered and start creating your first opportunity. Click here for more information on Marketplace and how it can help your business.