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20/07/2018

Award Winning Apprentice Scheme

We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme

We have 36 apprentices already working across a diverse range of departments and roles across our business and we continue to build on this success by welcoming new apprentices to the business each year. We are delighted to have received 470 applications for our 2018 intake - with 20 roles due to start with us later this year.

Following this intake, we plan to welcome more apprentices to the business during 2019. To find out more and to register your interest in becoming part of our award-winning Apprentice Scheme in 2019, click here.

As one of only a few organisations across the UK to offer the new Apprenticeship Government Standards, we are also proud to be winners of both the Yorkshire & National awards for ‘Best Newcomer Large Employer of the Year’ in the latest apprenticeship awards.

There are a number of things that set our programme apart from many others out there:

  • All roles are permanent roles and our apprentices benefit from the same terms and conditions as other colleagues
  • Our apprentices complete their scheme with an apprenticeship and a professional qualification that's relevant to their career aspirations
  • For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice and that’s why we are offering apprenticeship opportunities suitable for people of all ages with various academic and experience levels
  • We offer level 3 and level 4 apprenticeships, and in 2017 we also offered two level 6 positions, one of which is a graduate apprenticeship in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University
  • We've expanded our programme to 10 departments including Head Office roles spanning areas such as Risk, Digital Marketing, IT, HR, Finance, Share Plans, Customer Contact Centre as well as our branch network and are committed to expanding this further
  • Our scheme has also been broadened out to help existing colleagues through professional qualifications and degrees linked to apprenticeships.

Making sure that our apprentices are fully supported and want to grow their career with us is hugely important. To find out more about how our scheme is benefiting colleagues such as Jack, Mya, Olivia and Jennifer please click here.

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