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

Kick-start your career with us.

Applications have now closed for the 2022 intake

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 2022. 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.



Join Transitions, and you’ll be helping us work effectively with our clients. This team is part of the Clients department and welcomes new business to the firm. It’s a role that’s about attention to detail, as you’ll make sure we gather and record the new clients’ information accurately. It’s also about people, as Transitions is the main point of contact for clients’ moving to and from the firm and our internal teams involved in this process. During this apprenticeship, you’ll have plenty of on-the-job training and the chance to gain an SVQ in Business Administration.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

At Baillie Gifford, we hold ourselves to a high standard. That’s why Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are an essential part of our investment process. Our Governance and Sustainability team research how the companies we invest in approach environmental, legal and ethical issues. On this apprenticeship you’ll learn about the investment management industry, while providing operational support to a new and fast-growing team. You’ll also work towards an SVQ in Business Administration.


Our Settlements department make sure Baillie Gifford’s trades go through as planned. Every time we buy or sell shares, currency, or derivatives, you’ll help ensure the transactions happen on time and to our clients’ requirements. This apprenticeship offers lots of variety, as you’ll rotate through five specialist teams, learning about their work and the processes involved. You’ll also work closely with other teams across the firm to gain a wider understanding of our business. In addition, you will work towards an SVQ in Providing Financial Services.

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, whether you join one of our Technical Infrastructure or Application Development team. Our Information Systems apprenticeships all offer the opportunity to work towards a qualification for Information Technology & Telecommunications Professionals. And whichever you choose, you have the chance to get hands on with the latest tech and work with internal users throughout our business.

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 for an interview with one of our department line managers. You'll also get the chance to chat to other members of the department.

Meet our People

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Jack Millar Modern Apprenticeship in ‘Providing Financial Services’
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Ciaran Ballantine Modern Apprenticeship in IT & Telecommunications
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Bethany Nelson Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting
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Adam Laidlaw Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting
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Millie Strang Modern Apprenticeship in ‘Providing Financial Services’
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Eilidh Brown Modern Apprenticeship in Trading and Administration

Early Careers opportunities