Investment 20/20 Trainees – London

We look for curious, innovative and collaborative school or college leavers and graduates for our 12 month Trainee Programme.

Our trainee programme 

Key dates

  • Applications open early 2023
  • Start Date: September 2023

Our trainee programme is designed for school/college leavers and offers paid year-long placements in a variety of different roles. While you may not have an in-depth understanding of the investment management industry, our programme will introduce you to this very worthwhile and exciting industry and the variety of roles and opportunities it has to offer.

As a trainee you will be placed in a role that will allow you to build a fundamental understanding of the asset management industry. You will gain industry knowledge, experience and develop relationships enabling you to progress your career and provide you with skills to secure a permanent job, either with us or with another industry firm. Across the Investment 20/20 programme 75% of trainees are offered a permanent position with their host firm.

Learning and development opportunities will be offered by Aviva Investors and through the centrally organised Investment 20/20 programme. During your traineeship we will support you in obtaining the CFA Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualification.

Career Stories:

Why do you enjoy your job?

I enjoy the potential to power positive change in my role and approach the investment process through an ESG lens.

Aviva Investors believes that ESG- Environmental, Social, Governance- factors are material to the long-term value and returns of portfolios. ESG is therefore a fundamental consideration in how we manage investments on behalf of our clients.

I am passionate about contributing to combat the multitude of issues we face as a global community. Looking at an environmental example, it is imperative that in 2020 global emissions need to peak, then decline at a ratee of 7% year-on-year proceeding that peak in order to combat the key global risk that is climate change. Within my role, I get exposure to how climate-related risk is being integrated into investment decisions, and the modelling behind our European Equity Climate transition fund.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

The biggest challenge I have faced within my role is building my investment knowledge to meet my ESG subject matter knowledge.

I have been able to tackle this challenge through learning on the job, but also being supported by my firm to complete the Investment Management Certificate, giving me a foundation of knowledge to build from throughout my career.

How did you get into your job?

I studied Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham, graduating in July 2019. Throughout my degree I studied topics that are directly linked to ESG factors including; climate change ethics, ethnic conflict and the development issue of the international political economy. This gave me a foundation knowledge in understanding ESG factors.

However, as a humanities student, I did not have the traditional economics background which is stereotypically the necessary requirement to enter the investment management industry.

Investment 20/20 gave me the opportunity to enter the industry through an alternative recruitment stream, with a different perspective.

How would you sum up your Investment 20/20 experience?

Smashing the stereotypes that hinder the investment management industry.

Why do you enjoy your job?

As an operational controls oversight trainee, I help my team to mitigate the risks within Aviva investors. The reason why I enjoy my job is because there is always structure to what I do during the week and not every week is ever the same! I am always given the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance any existing skills I have.

Within my job role I have learnt so many new things such as running vital reports and being able to utilise Microsoft Excel to its full potential whilst also learning how to use an online software called iCARE.

As part of my job role I am required to attend risk owner meetings. I feel that my personality fits well with this as I am a sociable person and I can meet and interact with other people from the business.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

I feel that the most challenging part of my job was adjusting to the corporate environment as it’s a complete game changer to sixth form. However, my team have been extremely friendly and welcoming and have helped me to transition well and feel part of the Aviva family!

How did you get into your job?

I started my career straight after sixth form where I studied BTEC Business Level 3 extended diploma. From undertaking this course, I developed a huge interest in finance and the investment sector. During sixth form the main option was to go university or to apply for apprenticeships on the government website.

The head of business at my school recommended Investment 20/20 which had all sorts of apprenticeships and traineeships within the investment sector.

This is when I applied for several jobs and I took many psychometric and situational judgement tests, I failed quite a few but I was resilient, and I preserved and learnt from my mistakes. I was rejected quite a few times, but it built my confidence even more as I was determined to overcome my failures.

What are you future aspirations?

Currently my career plans are to continue to work in the industry and complete my IMC 1&2 qualifications. The reason why I have chosen this route rather than go to university is because the investment industry doesn’t necessitate a degree, but it does require perseverance and good work ethic which this traineeship really develops and hones.

How would you sum up your Investment 20/20 experience?

Investment 20/20 has given me such an irreplaceable experience which I am hugely thankful for as even though I am just a trainee at Aviva Investors I am always treated equally, and my voice is always heard and Investment 20/20 has helped me to transition into my role and all the opportunities afforded to me have helped make me a more well-rounded individual and it has also allowed me to build up and invaluable network of connections. I feel that’s what makes it different to all industries out there and it’s the highlight of my experience as I’ve been made to feel that I belong.

Why do you enjoy your job?

My role is primarily based around regulatory project work, delivering the changes to the business to ensure compliance to new financial regulations. Project work provides an excellent grounding in the business, providing a breadth of exposure, developing your knowledge base in regulations and financial concepts, and improving your soft skills like stakeholder management and organisation.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

The most challenging things about my job would have to be the need to learn fast whilst also keeping a range of perspectives at the forefront of your mind. In this role one must be ready to assimilate new and complex information but also understand how its impact will be different when applied to distinct parts of the business.

How did you get into your job?

I joined Aviva Investors directly after completing my A-Levels. I applied for Aviva Investors Investment 20/20 role through their online application.

What are your future aspirations?

While the financial services industry is attractive in its scale, competition and complexity, the skills and knowledge developed through any experience in finance are applicable in nearly every organisation, corporate or governmental.

How would you sum up your Investment 20/20 experience?

Investment 20/20 is a rare and enriching experience; opportunities where a firm will host you and train you from the ground up in both soft and technical skills to the point where you can truly excel in your role are incredibly valuable, but also rather scarce. Furthermore, Investment 20/20 bolsters this learning and provides you with a network of coevals and alumni that will support you through this challenging but extremely rewarding journey.

Why do you enjoy your job? 

My current role is in the UK Wholesale team as a Relationship Management Consultant. Alongside Business Development Directors I work to win clients and maintain relationships with existing clients. This includes producing reports, monitoring holdings, creating charts and tables, handling client queries, attending client meetings and searching for opportunities. The great thing about my job is that it offers both client interaction as well as the chance to analyse data allowing me to develop both my soft skills and technical understanding. The position also gives me the opportunity to be creative, encouraging me to think of new ideas on how to position our products and the ways in which we articulate these to clients. Aviva Investors also offers great opportunities across the business allowing further development, exposure and progression which is thanks both to the company and my mentor. 

What is the most challenging thing about your job? 

The most challenging thing about my job is dealing with client requests on short deadlines. Every request is unique, and sometimes it can be difficult to source the correct person and have the request resolved within the deadline.

How did you get into your job?

Throughout sixth form I was clear I didn’t want to go to university. I was informed about the Investment 20/20 scheme by a careers adviser, and after applying for various jobs in the City in both the insurance and asset management industry I decided that the Investment 20/20 scheme at Aviva Investors was the best place for me to begin.

How would you sum up your Investment 20/20 experience?

The Investment 20/20 experience has been extremely positive. There are few other opportunities to enter the asset management industry, and Investment 20/20 gives great guidance and advice on starting your role. Investment 20/20 regularly hosts Industry Insight events and workshops which give you the chance to develop key skills and understanding of the industry. There are also social events which encourage networking and mixing with other trainees, creating relationships which could become invaluable as we progress in the industry.

Why do you enjoy your job?

In a nutshell, my role is to ensure that the Fund Managers and Traders adhere to the investment guidelines stated in the Investment Management Agreement. We ensure that the clients wants and needs, as well as regulatory requirements, are met. I like the fact that my role allows me to work with the front office daily. We may get an order or trade flag on our system and we have strict time constraints to ensure we perform the required analysis quickly and correctly allowing that trade to pass through to the markets in a timely manner to ensure best execution for the client. I really enjoy learning about different asset classes and how they are used to construct a portfolio.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Personally, I have found the most challenging thing is getting to grips with the terminology used within the industry. You may have an abstract grasp of a concept but applying it to real world scenarios can sometimes be difficult too. It has also been a challenge to keep up with the heavy workload. The nature of my role means there are a lot of deadlines and I’ve been entrusted with many responsibilities early on. This is great for my professional development but can at times prove difficult to keep on top of.

How did you get into your job?

I had a variety of jobs prior to working in the Investment industry. I worked for a blind manufacturing company, laboured on building sites and even did a stint at Smithfield meat market. Eventually I decided I wanted a ‘career’ and figured I’m good with numbers, so why not become an accountant? I didn’t have any A levels so enrolled onto a part-time Access course while working so I could go onto university and study Accounting and Finance. My degree exposed me to the world of finance and piqued my interest in the industry.

After failing to secure a place on a graduate scheme (perhaps due to my unorthodox journey) I came across Investment 20/20 and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. After applying for the 2017 intake and securing an assessment centre place I was unsuccessful. Rather than give up I decided to complete my IMC and re-apply the following year. I attended two more assessment centres and secured a role at Aviva Investors. Overall my journey has taken me 5 years, from deciding to go to university to starting my new job in the city. It has been difficult at times, but I sometimes have to remind myself just how far I have come.

What are your future aspirations?

I’m currently studying for the CFA level 1 exam. My five-year goal is to become a fully-fledged CFA charter holder and secure a front office role. I’d like to be in a revenue generating part of the business. My long-term aspirations are to better understand where my interests/skillsets lie and follow those. I like the idea of private equity so that is a potential avenue to investigate further.

How would you sum up your Investment 20/20 experience?

Life changing, Investment 20/20 has provided me with an opportunity I was beginning to believe wasn’t possible.

As a school leaver I would highly recommend using Investment 20/20 and Aviva Investors. The support I have received from both is phenomenal including training days from Investment 20/20 and weekly knowledge sharing sessions hosted by Aviva Investors, both of which I have found extremely informative and valuable.

About you

Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds, allowing them to bring diversity of ideas and unique perspectives to our investment decision-making process.  You don’t need to have studied a specific subject to apply to our programmes.

The qualities we do look for are:

  • Curiosity, people who have an insatiable hunger to learn, discover and question the world around them
  • Innovative, people who can think differently and create unique solutions to meet our clients’ needs
  • Initiative, self starters who can solve problems
  • Collaborate, people who can communicate well and share ideas with colleagues
  • Analytical, able to gather, monitor and analyse data and figures
  • Communication, clear communicators who can convey messages accurately, concisely and with integrity

The Assessment Process

Stage one:  The Application

You will be asked to select which business area you are interested in, upload your CV and fill in a few basic questions such as your contact details – it’s that easy!

Stage two:  Online Testing

You will be invited to complete a couple of online tests designed to assess your abilities. You will have 7 days to complete these and can be done at any time during those 7 days.

Stage three:  Video Interview

Our Video Interview is a great chance for us to get to know more about you and your aspirations.

Stage four:  Assessment Centre

This is our final stage. Making it to this stage means we think you’ve got what we are after. This is a dynamic day during which we will assess your potential through a number of different assessments and also give you the opportunity to meet our people. Due to COVID 19 this is likely to be held virtually


Working at Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors is a global asset manager with broad and deep expertise across all major asset classes. As part of the Aviva Group – the UK’s largest insurance company – we are uniquely positioned to combine our insurance heritage with our investment capabilities to deliver the outcomes that matter most to today’s investor.

More than 1,500 people work across the globe, bringing it all together for today’s investor. When everyone feels part of a unified team, in an environment of fairness, inclusion and positivity, we all achieve more. We care deeply about this, which is why we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

At Aviva, we’re people with a purpose. To be with you today, for a better tomorrow. We bring this to life by ensuring managing risk is at the heart of how we all work. We love people who do the right thing for our customers, and our colleagues. We want people who speak up, who take responsibility, and who make good decisions.

The way we do this is important too. We’re all about our people – that’s you – so we can be pretty flexible. In fact, we don’t advertise roles as either part or full time, because we know each person has different needs, just as each business area's needs vary. So, it’s up to you to discuss working hours during your interview.

We interview every disabled applicant* that meets the minimum criteria for the job. Just send us an email once you’ve applied stating that you have a disclosed disability, and we’ll make sure we interview you.

You will be assessed against the Aviva values: care more, kill complexity, never rest and create legacy.


We’d love it if you could submit your application online. If you require an alternative method of applying, please send an email to

*As defined in The Equality Act 2010*. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required and have the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential to perform the role.