As one of only a few organisations across the UK to be offering the brand new Apprenticeship Government Standards, we are particularly proud to be expanding our scheme for 2017 to our Head Office sites in Bradford and Leeds as well as within our Branch Network.
For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice and that’s why we are now offering apprenticeship opportunities suitable for people with various academic and experience levels. We’re delighted to have received over 280 applications from people wanting to start a career with us through our new Apprentice website. From school leavers to people looking to change careers or return to work, as well as graduates, the hope is that this will further support the local economy.
Making sure that our apprentices are fully supported and want to grow their career with us is hugely important.
Olivia Mason (Apprentice Customer Service Representative) says: “I have been made to feel so welcome by everybody that I have met and the support I have received has been incredible. I am excited to see what the future holds and couldn't recommend the company enough for someone who is looking for an exciting and fulfilling career.”
Oliver Ward (IT Apprentice) says: “So far the Apprenticeship with YBS has been a fantastic, my team has made me feel very welcome and have all provided me with all the support I have needed. I am looking forward to my future with the Group.”
Our aim is to develop our apprenticeship scheme further and we’re now looking at how we can support the development of our existing colleagues through professional qualifications and degrees linked to apprenticeships - launching in September 2017.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
We've reduced our environmental impact, and in 2016 we were certified as CarbonNeutral®.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.