Apprentices look set to be given their time to shine in 2014 thanks to Santander.
The company has been a big supporter of apprentices and today marks the end of National Apprenticeship Week. Santander will be offering more than 200 apprenticeship opportunities throughout 2014 in its main offices and branch network. As many as 25 of these apprenticeship roles will be at the bank’s contact centre in Bletchley.
The 2014 scheme will be taking on people for full-time roles in Santander’s manufacturing, retail and telephone distribution divisions.
Manjusha Devataia, from Santander’s Bletchley contact centre, was recruited as one of Santander’s 2013 apprentices in its multichannel retail division. She said: “Since starting the Apprenticeship I have gained so much experience and grown in confidence and ability. We couldn’t have asked for better tutors, who provide brilliant training sessions and were always friendly and approachable.
“I would definitely recommend working at Santander. It is a great way to start your career and I can only see Apprenticeships becoming more popular in future.”
The bank’s Apprenticeships are aimed at people aged 16 and older who have at least two GCSE (or equivalent) grades A to 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 – the equivalent of achieving five GCSEs.
Marcus Lee, Head of Resourcing at Santander, said: “Nurturing young people, innovation and expertise is key for our future as a business but also for the UK’s economic growth. An important part of this is helping young people make informed decisions about their education and training, and apprenticeships are a fantastic way of doing this.
“Following a highly successful intake in 2013 we are delighted to continue our Apprenticeship programme nationally for a second year. These roles provide invaluable professional development and the benefit of a nationally recognised qualification along with the certainty offered by a full time and permanent role. The Apprenticeship programme is a great way to get into the banking sector and can be the first step to a long-term career with a successful global company.”
Santander is working with specialist providers Intraining and Skills Solutions who work with Santander apprentices to help develop their experience, skills and knowledge, benchmarked at a national level within the financial services sector.
Anyone interested in the Santander Apprenticeship programme can find out more and complete an online application by visiting www.santanderjobs.co.uk/apprenticeships.