Visa Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship programme

We are extremely proud to offer award winning higher apprenticeship programmes. Since the launch of the programmes in 2011, we have had over 70 school/college leavers join us, with the majority of them graduating into permanent roles within the company.

  • We offer an excellent alternative to university, enabling you to earn a full BSc Hons degree with zero debt – we will pay for your university tuition fees and give you time out of the office to complete it.
  • We provide a high-quality working experience in various placement areas across the company, and opportunities for further development and qualifications.
  • You’ll be working for one of the most recognisable global brands, in a fast moving and exciting industry.

The Visa apprenticeships are a great opportunity for anyone who is passionate about Technology, Management or Finance. We offer workplace experience alongside qualifications, increasing a candidate’s career prospects significantly. Vocational, technical and soft skills are provided throughout the programme to develop apprentices’ skills.

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The Schemes

The Digital & Technology Solutions scheme has six-month rotations for the first 2 years, while the third and fourth years are spent in specialist areas. This allows our apprentices to experience many exciting and challenging areas of the business.

At the end of the programme, our apprentices will have gained a full BSc Hons degree.

Placement departments can be based in one of three Visa Offices: Reading, London Paddington and Basingstoke.

The Chartered Management scheme has six-month rotations for the first 2 years, while the third and fourth years are spent in specialist areas. This allows our apprentices to experience many exciting and challenging areas of the business.

At the end of the programme, our apprentices will have gained a full BSc Hons degree.

Placements will mostly be located in London Paddington, with some travel to Basingstoke and Reading offices possible.

The Finance scheme enables our Finance Apprentices to experience a vast variety of roles during the one year duration of the program.

Current Finance apprentices have rotated through Accounts Payable, Expenses, Cash management, Billing, Management accounting and financial reporting teams.

Our Finance apprentices complete the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) Certificate qualification. They are then given the opportunity to progress on to the professional qualification. Aside from the qualifications, our Finance apprentices receive relative training based on the responsibilities of the placement area.

Awards

Won by the apprenticeship:

Apprenticeships 4 England

Highly Commended Employer Award 2016

Apprenticeship Employer Award 2015

allabout school leavers

Top Employer for IT & Technology in 2016

Top Employer of the Year 2015

Top Employer for School and College Leavers 2013

Best Level of Support 2013

CIPD

Developing Tomorrows Workforce Award 2013

Recuiter Awards

Runner Up, Best Apprentice/ School Leaver Recruitment Strategy 2013

Won by individuals:

Apprenticeships National Awards 2015

Dan Brown,
Highly Commended Runner Up,
Higher Apprentice of the Year 2015 (South East)

Apprenticeships National Awards 2014

Shaida Khanom,
Highly Commended Runner Up,
Higher Apprentice of the Year 2014 (London)

Apprenticeships National Awards 2013

Matthew Pankhurst,
Highly Commended,
Higher Apprentice of the Year 2013 (Thames Valley)

Women of the future awards

Hannah Coltart,
Shortlisted
Women of the Future Young Star 2013

City & Guilds

Next Generation Talent Manager,
Apprentice Champion of the Year 2012

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for our Digital & Technology Solutions Apprenticeship are a minimum three A-levels at Grade B or above, including Maths, Science or Computing. Applicants must also hold seven GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English Language.

The entry requirements for our Chartered Management Apprenticeship are a minimum two A-levels at Grade B or above. Applicants must also hold seven GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English Language.

For our Higher Apprenticeship in Finance, the entry requirements are a minimum of two A-levels at Grade A* to C (or equivalent), ideally including Maths. Applicants must also hold five GCSEs at Grade C and above (or equivalent) which includes English, Maths and Science

Benefits

Our apprentices have a starting salary of £18.5k, with the potential to earn an annual performance related bonus as well as the potential for an annual salary increase.

On top of this, apprentices at Visa receive some of the most competitive benefits available in the market. Available from day one through the company’s benefit scheme, apprentices are able to tailor their benefits to their lifestyle choice including items from the list below:

Pension

  • Competitive Contributed Pension

Insurance Cover

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Travel Insurance

Health
There are a number of employee benefits that encourage you to stay healthy such as:

  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Corporate gym membership

Holiday

  • 25 days of holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • The option to purchase up to 4 additional days holiday

Training & Development

  • We provide technical and placement training to develop our apprentices' skills and knowledge to allow them to flourish in the workplace.
  • Apprentices will also be provided with the opportunity to earn further professional qualifications based on their placements. These include the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and more.

To complement your academic qualifications we also provide time away from the office, where apprentices receive ongoing support from their manager as well from the next generation talent team. Apprentices also have the opportunity to rotate around the business and engage with various teams. This allows them to work with different line managers and colleagues who have the experience to develop them to shape their career. In addition to this, apprentices have a buddy and placement department mentor.

Qualifications

Visa is a great place to gain valuable qualifications that you can use throughout your career. Each programme provides a host of different qualifications you can achieve.

The Digital & Technology Solutions and Chartered Management programmes both provide you with the chance to earn a full BSc Hons degree, accredited by the University of Roehampton.

As well as these, you will also be given the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications such as ISTQB, ITIL and P30 amongst others; dependent on placement areas.

As a Finance apprentice, you’ll complete the CIMA Certificate qualification. You are then given the opportunity to progress on to the professional qualification. Aside from the qualifications, you’ll also receive relative training based on their placement area.

Recruitment

A passion and talent for IT and new technology or for business and management (dependent on the programme) are vital. We look for the brightest and most talented people to join us and help them to unlock their potential from the moment they step through our doors.

Our application process is made up of five different stages. Applicants begin by completing an online application form. Those who pass the first stage will progress to a simple online test, which tests problem solving, Maths and verbal reasoning skills. The successful applicants are then invited to an interview; either on the phone or face to face. The final stage is the assessment centre. This is where candidates are really given the opportunity to shine and let their personalities come through. A number of tasks and team building activities are carried out, to allow the candidates to showcase themselves to the company. A job offer is made to candidates who have met all the requirement criteria.

Application Tips

Is this your first time applying for something like this? Not quite sure what to do? Don’t worry, for a number of our apprentices this was the same, so they’ve put together a list of their top tips for the application process!

  • Write up your initial application in Word or something similar. That way you can use the spell checker and other features.
  • Make yourself stand out- tell us about your proudest achievements that will have a ‘wow’ factor.
  • Use examples in your initial application that you know you’ll be able to talk about it if asked during the interview stage.
  • If you get through to the interview stage, dress like you want the job. Dressing smart increases your confidence. Share your experience and knowledge passionately to prove that you have what it take to be Visa apprentice.
  • If you have to do a presentation for an assessment centre, don’t worry too much about the content of it! It’s more than likely the assessors are looking at how you present and deliver the presentation. Just choose something that interests you or you can talk passionately about (from Duke of Edinburgh to Scooby Doo to cars, there’s no wrong presentation!).
  • If you’re at an assessment centre make sure you get a good night sleep beforehand, it can be a long and tiring (but also fun) day.
  • Whether you’re going to an assessment centre or going for your interview make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue! Being late doesn’t leave a good first impression.

Join Us

Applications are open now! If you’re interested in joining us, please follow one of the links below for the programme you want:

Digital & Technology Solutions (recruitment now closed)

Chartered Management (recruitment now closed)

Finance Apply now!

Stay in the know

To keep up to date with our apprentices, take a look at our twitter page where you will find regular information about what the apprentice have been up too and where they have been going.

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