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Graduate Programme 2020 (General)

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£21,000 plus £3,600 in shares (after a year of service)
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About Admiral

As the only FTSE 100 Company headquartered in Wales and ranked the best big company to work for by the Sunday Times this year, as well as the 4th best super large workplace in the UK by Great Place to Work, Admiral is an exciting place to launch your career from.

We’re an innovative, profitable and fast-growing financial services company launched in 1993. Admiral has grown from being a small start-up into the UK’s largest car insurance provider.  Our history is one of amazing growth and inspired innovation. And while our business has changed dramatically over the years, there’s one thing that’s remained the same: our working culture.

We’re proud to be an entrepreneurial workplace with a start-up mentality. Admiral is constantly innovating and launching new products and services both here in the UK and overseas. We now operate across nine countries with a diverse product portfolio. 

Admiral’s success goes hand-in-hand with having a strong people focused culture. Our philosophy is a simple yet effective one: “people who like what they do, do it better”.  We now have over 10,000 employees, who are right at the heart of our success. We put a lot of effort and investment into making sure our organisation is a happy and supportive place to work, where challenge and career development are encouraged, and fun is never frowned upon.  Admiral has an open culture that’s wholeheartedly focused on four key areas: communication, equality, reward & recognition, and fun.

We truly care about our customers and we’re very proud of the level of service we provide. No matter what department you’ll be working in, the customer will always be at the heart of every decision we make. By recruiting people, who are customer focused and love to help others, we can continue to provide a great service and ensure an excellent experience for our customers.

Find out more about us.

About the Core Graduate Programme

For our general programme we’re looking for ambitious and enthusiastic graduates with a work-hard, play-hard mentality and the drive to succeed, who are keen to join the fast paced world of financial services at our international HQ in Cardiff.

You should have a good degree (2.1 and above) in a strong academic subject, which will form the foundation for you to build upon during the graduate programme. We want to see a passion for developing yourself and your skills and to constantly challenge and be challenged.

You’ll complete at least three 6-month rotations in areas as diverse as Marketing, People Services (HR), Operations, Claims, Loyalty, New Products, Loans, Research & Development, etc. You won’t need to have any prior insurance or financial knowledge.

Throughout the graduate programme you’ll be given real business projects that will have a measurable impact on our business. You’ll be exposed to a variety of departments, be given real responsibility and will be expected to push yourself further with each placement. You’ll need to deliver value to our business, be confident in making decisions, and always be on the lookout for improvements and innovative solutions.

In return, we will invest heavily in you and your personal and professional development.  You will gain a nationally recognised professional management qualification through the Admiral Academy and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).  You’ll be supported by our Graduate Programme Manager, as well as your own dedicated business mentor and graduate buddy, for help, advice, and professional guidance throughout the graduate programme.   

Subject to which area of the business your career takes you to, you may also get the chance to gain additional qualifications, which would be fully sponsored by us.

We currently have operations in Spain, Italy, France, the USA, Canada, Turkey, India and Mexico, so there may be opportunities to work alongside your overseas colleagues to share ideas and transfer knowledge. This can include visits abroad, which can vary anywhere from a few days to a few months or even years.

By the end of the Admiral Graduate Programme you will be ready to move into a permanent role with us. Our aim is for the programme to help pave the way for you to have a successful, rewarding and exciting career with us. You’ll have the chance to shape your career and find something that you truly enjoy.

Find out more first-hand in our graduate blogs.


Programme Facts and Figures

  • Start date: September/October 2020
  • Starting salary of £21,000, reviewed annually based on your performance
  • 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)
  • 18 month comprehensive training programme with a 5-week induction period
  • A permanent position with the company (subject to a 6-month probationary period)


Employee Benefits

  • Up to £3,600 in shares every year (after your first year of service)
  • Gym membership at top city centre hotels
  • Free fruit provided every day
  • Flexible working hours and time off for charity work
  • Opportunity to study towards an ILM qualification, as well as further professional development opportunities 
  • A business mentor and graduate buddy
  • Working and living in one of the best cities in Europe (download our Life in Cardiff brochure)
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What we’re looking for

  • 2.1 or above in a strong academic subject
  • Some previous work experience (paid or unpaid, any industry)
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The personal drive and enthusiasm that makes you stand out from the crowd
  • The right to work permanently in the UK (we do not sponsor visas for these positions)
  • The ability to work full time


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At Admiral, we are proud to be a diverse business where we put our people and customers first. We understand that a good work life balance is important, and we want you to have an element of freedom to define a working lifestyle that supports this. We are happy to talk about flexible working. Please get in touch for more information.