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We’ve been running graduate programmes since 2006, so we have plenty of experience in training and developing Grads into successful and long-term employees.

We run two main programmes; our General Programme (open to any degree discipline) and our Data/Analytics Programme (open to STEM subjects). We also have many direct entry roles for graduates in a STEM discipline, who prefer to go straight into a data-oriented role, rather than do rotations.

Our General Graduate Programme is open to students of any academic discipline, though we do like to see a strong research-based degree, such as Business, History, English, Geography, Politics, Psychology etc. This is a 2-year scheme encompassing four 6-month placements across your choice of business areas to help you develop yourself and your skills. This programme is perfect for those of you who aren't yet sure of what kind of career you want to go into.

The Data/Analytics Graduate Programme is tailored for students of STEM subjects, in particular Mathematics, Physics, Economics and Engineering. You will need to have strong data analysis and mathematical skills, as well as be a logical thinker. Our analyst scheme is a 2-year scheme with three 8-month placements in analytical areas of the business, such as Management Information (MI), Pricing, Analytics, Claims, or Operations. This programme is perfect for those of you, who know you want to apply your maths skills, but aren't yet sure in what sort of role this might be.

Our aim is for the programme to help pave the way for you to have a successful, rewarding and exciting career with us.


Both programmes give you the flexibility to shape your own career with borderless opportunities. You will learn and progress, working alongside colleagues at all levels, as well as working abroad in one of our international offices if it suits your career path

We invest in you

We know that training and development is hugely important to anyone starting a new career (or first job), so we invest heavily in you to make sure you get everything you want out of it. We understand that most people come to us with no prior knowledge of the insurance industry. So, you and your new grad cohort can expect a 5-week induction period to help you settle in, and get you up to speed with Admiral and the insurance world. We want you to embrace the Admiral culture, so we will also spend time on some team-building activities to help you all gel as part of a team.

Your first placement!

After your induction, you will be ready to start on your first placement with us! We tend to assign the first placement to you, depending on business needs and your background, to ensure a good match. All our placements will give you a good level of responsibility, ownership and support. However, it is your job to get the most out of any opportunities given to you, so you do need to be proactive and ambitious to be successful on each and every placement. You will be involved in choosing your next placements, bearing in mind where you want to take your career, as well as business needs and priorities.

The Admiral Academy 

Throughout your placements, you will be invited to train with our inhouse training department, the Admiral Academy.

This training will give you the chance to get to know the business better, something which will put you in good stead to go on and succeed with us. You can also request training through the Academy, in anything from improving your confidence to your Excel skills.

Grow your CV 

Both Graduate Programmes allow time for you to acquire a nationally recognised qualification with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

This qualification will require substantial input and commitment from you, but it is a great opportunity to further develop and enhance your skills and career prospects.

We are here to support you

Finally, we understand that transition from university can be quite a daunting experience, so to ease you into the programme we'll provide you with your own experienced business mentor, as well as a grad buddy. Your grad buddy is a graduate too, who’s still on the programme, so they will know exactly how you’re feeling. You can ask your grad buddy any questions, or just meet up for a coffee and a chat.

Your business mentor will be better suited to give you career advice or any other support you may need. Both will be a great avenue for you to network through, so definitely make the most of having them!

More questions? 
Take a look at our FAQs...

      • Start date: September/October 2021
      • Starting salary of £21,000, reviewed annually based on your performance, plus £3,600 in shares every year (after 1 year of service).
      • 28 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro rata on starting), plus up to 3 days unpaid leave every year
      • 39.5 working hours per week (Mon-Fri) (flexi time)
      • 24-month comprehensive training programme with a 5-week induction period
      • A permanent position with the company (subject to a 6-month probationary period
      • General Graduate Programme: degree in any discipline
      • Data/Analytics Graduate Programme: degree in a STEM, or another highly numerical discipline
      • The right to live and work permanently in the UK (we do not sponsor visas for these positions)
      • You must be available to work full time
      • Don't worry if you graduated a few years ago, we'd still love to hear from you!
      • Application form
      • Online Test
      • Skype interview
      • Final stage face-to-face interview


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Meet Bethan – Internal Consultant and Admiral Graduate Alumni

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Bethan started on the General Graduate Programme in February 2018 and has since taken up her permanent role in Internal Consultancy.  What skills from your degree have helped you succeed at Admiral? I studied Business Management at Cardiff University and specialised in Marketing. The degree gave me a good foundation in business, whilst also building on softer skills, such as presenting and teamwork. Following university, I worked at a start-up printing company in Nottinghamshire as their Sales and Marketing Manager. This helped me understand more about how businesses work in practice and developed my interpersonal skills before joining Admiral. Why did you choose the Admiral Graduate Programme? I had heard so many great things about Admiral as an employer from university and people I knew. Like many people, the rotational aspect appealed to me as well because it seemed like an opportunity to grow my skills and learn about different parts of a large organization. Tell us about your placements during the Graduate Programme?  My first placement was in the Product and Marketing team in AFSL (Admiral Financial Services Limited) followed by a shorter stint in Commercial. During this time in AFSL, my responsibilities included optimising web journeys and meeting with partners. Following AFSL, I spent my second placement in the Household Product Team looking after InstaQuote. During this time, I focused on improving the online journey, as well as working closely with Operations, Underwriting and Pricing to improve the product’s performance. For my final placement, I took all of the knowledge from Household in the UK and moved to Paris. For almost 10 months, I worked for L’olivier on the launch of home insurance in France. This involved lots of project management and product ownership. What was your favourite part of working abroad? Doing a placement abroad really pushes you out of your comfort zone. I was moving to a new country, where I couldn’t speak the language, and into an IT role, which was also brand new to me.Whilst it wasn’t a holiday, I was still able to soak up Paris - I mean come on, you’re in Paris, you know? L’Olivier also have a contact centre in Lille, which I got to visit a few times as well as our European IT hub in Seville. What tip would you give to someone considering a placement abroad? Like I said, it isn’t a holiday because you are there to work, so just make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons and really up for trying something new. I also think you have to being willing to make the extra effort. The L’Olivier office is a lot smaller than Ty Admiral - there’s only 50 people or so there - so it’s beneficial to make the extra effort with your colleagues. Also you’re only in that place for a certain length of time, so make sure that you get out and explore when you can! I also think that learning the language basics before you go on your placement will help. I can still read French in emails and my colleagues’ social media!What is your best memory from your time on the graduate scheme? My favourite memory is probably the first few weeks in induction.  There’s just nothing like it, you become so close with your cohort and it’s just so much fun. I’m still in touch with people I started with. My other favourite memory is the day that I boarded the plane to Paris for my final placement, it was just such an exciting day. What was your greatest achievement while you were on the programme? I think my greatest achievement would have to be seeing the first sale of home insurance in L’Olivier go through. It was rewarding to see where all my hard efforts had gone. Tell us about your current role. I am now an Internal Consultant. I get to work with various departments across Admiral to help them with business issues they are facing and align it with Admiral’s strategy. I find it very interesting as I am continuously learning about new areas of the business and researching solutions to their problems. What does your day-to-day look like? My day completely varies depending on the project and business needs. I could be doing anything from meeting with stakeholders, researching, creating presentations, finalising projects to smaller side pieces of work. Each large project varies in length, but they tend to be 3 to 6 months. I usually work on 2 projects at a time, so this job has really helped me hone my time management skills. Did you expect to take this career path? I never expected a career in consultancy, but I can see how the Graduate Programme lead me here. You work across such a range of areas and change every 6 months. 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The culture is so rare but everyone is so friendly, there’s emphasis placed on work-life balance and the benefits are good as well. There’s a focus on self-development through things like the Buy A Book Scheme and Admiral Academy. What advice would you give someone thinking about applying? I think it really is as simple as just be yourself.

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