Santander today launches a UK-wide programme which will see the recruitment of 275 apprentices in the bank’s main offices and branch network.
The launch coincides with the start of National Apprenticeship Week and follows a pilot scheme run in 2012 with applicants joining work-based apprenticeships at the company’s offices in Bootle and Bradford.
The 2013 programme will be rolled out across the UK and will take on apprentices for full-time roles in Santander’s manufacturing, retail and telephone distribution divisions, including 40 positions at its Bradford call centre.
The apprenticeships are aimed at people aged 16 plus who have at least two GCSE (or equivalent) with grades A-C in both English and maths. Successful applicants will join as permanent employees and will study for vocational qualifications in either providing financial services or customer service.
Marcus Lee, head of resourcing at Santander, said: “These roles provide people with invaluable work experience, supported by professional development and the benefit of a nationally recognised qualification.
“Our aim is to offer excellent customer service and we’re looking for people with real energy and passion to help us deliver a great experience for our customers every day.
“The apprenticeship programme is a fantastic way to get into the banking sector and can be the first step to a long-term career with a successful global company.”
David Way, CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the opportunities that employers provide to talented young people.
“The business benefits are well known in terms of productivity, creativity and in the commitment and loyalty shown by apprentices.”
Anyone interested in the Santander Apprenticeship programme can find out more and complete an online application by visiting www.santanderjobs.co.uk/apprenticeships
* The YEP’s Leeds Works campaign is asking businesses to create new apprenticeship schemes to help tackle youth unemployment.