Early Careers - Baillie Gifford
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Modern Apprenticeships.
Learn on the job.

Kick-start your career with us.

Applications for our 2021 Modern Apprenticeship opportunities are now closed and will open again in 2022.

The programme

Get your career in financial services off to the best possible start with a Baillie Gifford Apprenticeship Programme. You’ll be working in a permanent role within one of our teams and gaining a variety of professional skills and industry qualifications, which will open up a range of opportunities within the firm.

All our Modern Apprenticeship Programmes start in August 2020. We offer a generous package, including: £18,000 salary, a £500 sign-on bonus to help you prepare for working life, an annual bonus, 34 days’ holiday, a market-leading pension and life assurance.

Support and training

At Baillie Gifford we don’t let you go it alone. You’ll be supported in your career goals at every stage by your line manager and an allocated “buddy” within your department. Your very own external learning consultant will also help guide you through your various apprenticeship modules. In your first week, you’ll discover more about the firm and our collaborative approach. We’ll also give you an overview of investment management, including a full explanation of the process of investing.

As you work towards your professional qualification, we offer a broad range of development courses – everything from time management and effective communication to networking and assertiveness. And, once you're qualified, the support continues with a whole host of training opportunities and frequent social events.

Example opportunities

Information Systems

Technology underpins everything we do. That’s why we don’t wait around when it comes to leading-edge technology – we invest in it. You’ll immediately be part of an exciting, pioneering environment when you join our Technical Infrastructure team.

You’ll have the opportunity to work towards your Diploma for Information Technology & Telecommunications Professionals (which usually takes between 9-12 months). You’ll get your hands on all the latest tech too, as you help us maintain our equipment and roll out the latest upgrades across the business.


Joining our Finance Apprenticeship Programme will give you the opportunity to gain either an AAT SCQF Foundation Certificate in Accounting or an ACCA SCQF Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting, both of which take around three years to complete.

As a member of our Finance department, you’ll learn about managing supplier payments, employee expenses, reconciliations and financial reporting. Working within a team of over 50 people, you’ll gain a real understanding of the wider firm and the vital role the Finance department plays every day.

Human Resources

The Human Resources department provides support and advice to managers and staff on HR and Development matters. Some of our key focus areas include recruiting staff, providing support for team and personal training and development, anticipating future resource needs of the organisation and ensuring that our reward and benefits packages are competitive.

Working as a member of the HR team, you’ll be providing support with recruitment, induction, job changes and leavers and gaining insight into the Learning and Development function at Baillie Gifford. As you help with daily tasks and ongoing projects, you’ll have the opportunity to work over 9-12 months towards an SVQ in Business Administration.

Travel Team

In order to deliver the best service and the most insightful research, Baillie Gifford’s employees are constantly travelling the world to meet with clients and companies. Our Travel Team is our centralised booking service for all of their travel requirements, from rail and air tickets to accommodation and taxis. We also source suppliers and look after our travellers on the road, dealing with any disruptions and ensuring they are safe and secure on their journeys.

Join our Travel Team and you’ll help with daily administrative tasks as you work towards an SVQ in Business Administration in 9-12 months. Over the long-term, we’ll give you training and support so you can start making bookings too.

Our requirements

If you’re aged between 16 and 24, are creative, curious and like solving problems, an apprenticeship at Baillie Gifford could be just what you’re looking for. We’re more interested in your enthusiasm and desire to learn than we are about your subjects and grades. Our people are drawn from all sorts of backgrounds and skill-sets, and we consider this our main strength.

If you have good communication skills, are self-motivated and a team player, then we want to see how you can use your initiative and rise to the challenge. Let us know what you’re passionate about. We’re genuinely interested, even if it’s not directly related to the role.

“The working environment is great here at Baillie Gifford – everyone is so polite, friendly and inclusive.”

Bethany Nelson,
Finance Apprentice

Application process

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It’s quick and easy to apply online. Just send us your CV telling us about your education history, interests and attributes and then answer a few simple questions on the online form. We’ll then review your application to see if we think you’ve got what it takes.

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If you’re successful in the first phase, we’ll invite you to our offices in Edinburgh for an interview with one of our departmental line managers and a member of the HR team. You’ll also get an informal tour of the office and the chance to chat to other members of the department.

Meet our People

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Jack Millar Client Administration
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Elise McFarlane Client Administration
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Ciaran Ballantine Technical Infrastructure Apprentice
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Bethany Nelson Finance
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Ashley Baxter Mandate Compliance

Early Careers opportunities