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Society launches search for new apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week

9 March 2018

Yorkshire Building Society has launched a search for new apprentices across the region to come and work for one of the UK’s largest building societies as part of National Apprenticeship Week (5 - 9 March).

The Society is offering up to 24 apprenticeships in a number of key business areas including IT, Customer Services, Project Management and Cyber Security predominantly at its Leeds and Bradford main office sites.

All apprentices at Yorkshire Building Society are paid above the Living Wage and are recruited on a permanent contract, which entitles them to all of the same benefits as a non-apprentice.

The Society’s apprenticeship programme recently won the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year Awards at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The Awards are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices, and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Robert Halliwell, who joined Yorkshire Building Society on a degree apprenticeship last year, said:

The initial attraction of joining Yorkshire Building Society was its sheer size and reputation, being one of the largest and most trusted building societies in the UK, I knew I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to become one of their degree apprentices.

I turned down my secured university place, and haven’t looked back since. It’s by far the best opportunity I’ve had to date. Not only are the fees of studying towards my degree at Leeds Beckett University paid for, but I’m also gaining valuable work experience in a professional organisation while earning a salary. The wealth of knowledge in each of the departments is incredible and I’ve been fortunate enough to learn so much in such a short period of time. I’ve felt both welcomed and valued while working in my team and by Yorkshire Building Society as a whole.

Yorkshire Building Society is also named in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Andy Tupman, Emerging Talent Manager at Yorkshire Building Society manages the apprenticeship programme. Andy said:

We’re committed to providing great career pathways for our apprentices and fostering an inclusive culture for them to thrive.

For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice. You could be just out of school, looking to change your career, newly graduated or just out of retirement. There's no average age, no average background and no experience required – we would much rather find applicants with the right values and passion for exceeding customer expectations.


Apprenticeships Minister visit

On Tuesday 6 March, Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships & Skills, visited the Society’s office site in Leeds.

Andy Tupman said:

It’s not every day you get the chance to speak alongside a Government Minister, but two of our apprentices got to do just that today, showing how their apprenticeships are working and how they are helping drive our business forward.

Robert Halliwell and Olivia Lambert told a large audience, including the Apprenticeships Minister, about their experiences as part of National Apprenticeship Week. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with 34 exceptional apprentices and see their careers start at Yorkshire Building Society, and I’m proud of what we have achieved through our apprenticeship scheme. Our apprentices are the future of our Building Society, so it was great to see Robert and Olivia present their experiences to Anne Milton MP.

Robert said:

I was proud to tell the Minister that I turned down a place at University to do an apprenticeship, and that I’ve not looked back since. I’m doing a degree apprenticeship, which means that Yorkshire Building Society is giving me serious work experience, paying the fees for my degree at Leeds Beckett University, and paying me a salary that’s higher than the Living Wage. I feel like it has been the ideal way to start my career.

Olivia said:

I work in the branch network, and my apprenticeship is all about delivering excellent customer service and representing the Society to our members. I feel lucky to be doing a job which offers real help to people, and training while working. For anyone considering whether to apply for an apprenticeship, I would say, Go for it!

For more information about Yorkshire Building Society apprenticeships or to apply, please visit www.ybscareers.co.uk.

Applications close on Thursday 31 May.

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