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LTSB is a social mobility charity dedicated to helping young people into the world of work through our employability programmes. We work with major firms across the UK in a range of sectors including Business & Finance, Digital Technology, Customer Service & Law.

LTSB has partnered with NatWest Group because we’re looking for young people who are passionate about customer service to join Contact Centre apprenticeship opportunities with the bank through 2022.

Roles are available in: Belfast, Edinburgh, Greenock, Liverpool and Southend-on-Sea

Here’s how it works.

Led by our experienced Careers Development Managers, you will undergo a tailored 2-week Programme (Full time excluding weekends) that will help your professional development and prepare you for your interview with NatWest for a Customer Service Apprenticeship in their Contact Centres.

The workshops we run range from exclusive interview coaching to CV workshops, critical thinking, communications, debating and presentation skills. We also include insight events and Q&A sessions with NatWest staff members and previous LTSB Alumni.

Once you have completed our 2-week programme you will be invited in week 3 to 2 days’ work insight into the NatWest Contact Centre. Here you will find out more about the role and experience firsthand what it’s like to work for NatWest.

Successful completion of the programme guarantees you an interview with NatWest for a Customer Service Apprenticeship. Once in the role you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills, earn a competitive salary, and be supported professionally through the programme.

  • Free two-week Programme delivered by LTSB
  • Interaction with NatWest Group staff during the bootcamp to give you an insight into the role and the culture of the bank
  • 2-day work insight at the contact centre in the location to which you’re applying – including an allowance for travel and lunch
  • An interview for the Contact Centre apprenticeship and permanent role

On the apprenticeship you’ll study to gain a qualification while putting new skills to use in work, earning a competitive salary, and being supported professionally through the programme.

Salary for successful candidates:

  • Southend-on-Sea: £19,305
  • All other locations: £18,765

Roles are available in the following locations. To find out what the apprenticeship study programme in your location includes, click the relevant link, but remember to return to this site to apply.

Belfast

Providing Financial Services apprenticeship study programme (Level 3)

  • Bootcamps due to commence 28th February, 13th June, and 26th September 2022.

Edinburgh

Providing Financial Services apprenticeship study programme (Level 6)

  • Bootcamps due to commence 9th May, and 8th August 2022.

Greenock

Level 6 apprenticeship standard

  • Bootcamps due to commence 28th March, and 5th September 2022.

Liverpool

Financial Services Customer Advisor apprenticeship study programme (Level 2)

  • Bootcamps due to commence 9th May, and 5th September 2022.

Southend-on-Sea

Financial Services Customer Advisor apprenticeship study programme (Level 2)

  • Bootcamps due to commence 28th February, 13th June, and 26th September 2022.

 

You’ll be the first point of support for NatWest Group’s personal banking customers in one of the bank’s telephony banking teams.

The bank will look to you to deliver excellent service to its customers, keeping their needs and financial goals in mind at all times.

You’ll be educating customers in the different ways they can do their banking and supporting them in choosing the options that work best for them.

In this role you’ll be applying your customer service expertise when dealing with and referring customer queries. Whether it’s carrying out day-to-day banking transactions like paying bills, or helping customers identify products and services that are right for them, you’ll be on the other end of the phone to take their calls.

You’ll need to be flexible and work a rotating shift pattern.

Your hours of work will be between the hours of 7am and 9pm Monday to Sunday. You’ll be required to work 2 in 3 weekends and bank holiday working is a feature of this role.

NatWest Group will discuss your hours in more detail during the interview stage.

Details coming soon.

We are looking for young people aged 16– 24 who are passionate about building a career in customer experience in the Contact Centre telephony and complaints teams at NatWest Group. You don’t need previous experience, but you do need to show evidence of a genuine interest in the sector.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Educated at a state school
  • You may have been entitled to Free School Meals or Pupil Premium at some point in your education (English schools)
  • We are looking for young people with a passion for learning and helping customers have the best experience.  There is no minimum academic criteria although Maths and English GCSE in England and Northern Ireland, or National 5 qualifications in Scotland would be an advantage

It would be ideal if you can provide evidence of your grade A-C or Level 4, Maths and English GCSE or equivalent results, but this is not essential. If you didn’t manage to achieve the grades or can’t provide evidence of your qualifications, NatWest Group will help you to obtain them during your apprenticeship.

Dedication and passion for helping customers is vital. You’ll be a real people person, with excellent listening and communication skills.

We’re also looking for you to demonstrate:

  • The determination to go the extra mile for customers every day to provide that truly personal service
  • Great listening skills to understand the needs of the customer, along with the ability to empathise with your customer’s situation and remain calm under pressure
  • The ability to handle large volumes of calls and achieve quality results while maintaining high levels of detail
  • Good numerical and organisational skills
  • The determination to take ownership of your career, learning and developing new skills

The apprenticeship programme is open to people of any background. It’s a fantastic alternative to full time education, and a unique opportunity to become part of a diverse, challenging and exciting organisation.

Apprenticeship opportunities are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be successful in the role. There needs to be the potential for the significant development of capabilities and competence during the programme for you to be eligible. You won’t be able to join the programme if you have the same or equivalent qualification, or work experience at a similar level in a similar field. This may include a related apprenticeship, a university degree or a role in which you may have developed similar skills.

We’ll carry out an eligibility check as part of the application process.

 

To apply for a place on one of our bootcamps, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the button below to go to our application form.
  2. The form will ask you certain questions about your skills and your background to check your eligibility. Please complete all sections fully, and give as much detail as you can. Please include your predicted / on track grades if you do not have your final grades finalised or have been unable to complete your studies due to Covid-19.
  3. Please make sure to carefully choose the location that you’re applying for.
  4. Once you have completed and submitted your application, the LTSB team will assess it. We will check that you are eligible, and will be in touch to let you know.
  5. If you are confirmed to be eligible, you can expect to receive a follow-up phone call from one of the LTSB team. We will want to find out more about you and why you are interested in a career in customer service.
  6. We will guide you through an assessment process so that, if successful, you can join the selected programme in your chosen location.

Q: Can I take part in LTSB’s programmes and still be eligible for Universal Credit?

A: Please inform your work coach if you are offered a place on an LTSB programme, but yes, in principle you should be able to take part.  Please check the table below, which may help your work coach to understand how it works:

Contact Centre roles
  • Full-time course lasting two weeks
  • Three days of work experience, including a guaranteed interview on the third day
  • Guaranteed interview for a known, definite vacancy
  • Tailored job-seeking skills
  • Employer insight
  • Supports you to get and retain a permanent job (and/or a better job than you may have now)
Complaints Team roles
  • Full-time course lasting two weeks
  • Three days of work experience, including a guaranteed interview on the third day
  • Guaranteed interview for a known, definite vacancy
  • Tailored job-seeking skills
  • Employer insight
  • Supports you to get and retain a permanent job (and/or a better job than you may have now)

If you have any questions about the application process or roles available, please contact applications@leadershipthroughsport.org