As thousands of young people prepare to receive their ‘A’ Level results this Thursday (20 August) Danske Bank is encouraging young people to consider a lesser-known pathway for the next stage of their education.
The bank is inviting applications to its full-funded degree apprenticeship programme, Danske Futures. Successful applicants will study part time at Ulster University while working in the bank and earning a salary. Applications must be in on or before 27 August 2019.
The apprentices will be appointed to a paid role within Danske’s Personal Banking and Small Business team or Operations team in locations across Northern Ireland. At the same time, they will study part-time for a fully funded BSc Hons degree in Managing the Customer Contact, which has been developed in partnership with Ulster University specifically for this programme.
Adam Warden from Bangor left school in 2017 and successfully applied to programme when it first launched last year. He works in Danske’s customer contact centre. He said:
“I knew I wanted a career in financial services. The opportunities that we’ve been given and the mentorship that we have received from the beginning has just been incredible. There is also a real sense of community between the apprentices, regularly meeting up and sharing what we’re doing in our various roles. We receive great support from colleagues, mentoring and access to senior management, and there are lots of possibilities to get involved in the bank’s community programmes. I would recommend the programme to anyone.”
Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank, added:
“Compared to other UK regions, Northern Ireland has the highest number of school leavers moving on to university. While that is seen as the traditional path, there are other options. By enabling students to earn money and gain crucial work experience while studying for a fully-funded degree and earning a salary, Danske Futures provides a fantastic opportunity for bright and ambitious young people to get ahead in their career, differentiate themselves when they graduate and finish their education without the burden of a heavy debt.
“We’re delighted to support some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young talent achieve their full potential, and it benefits us by bringing raw talent and innovation into our business. With less than three weeks to go, I would encourage anyone who is seeking an alternative route to employment to find out more and consider applying.”
Timothy Moruzzi, Programme Director and Apprenticeship Lead at Ulster University added:
“The BSc in Managing the Customer Contact is a market-leading course, and as far as we know it’s the only higher education programme of its kind in the world. The partnership with Danske Bank will see students have the opportunity to put their learning into practice day-to-day in an industry leading organisation.”
The closing date for applications is 27 August 2019. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at danskebank.co.uk/careers
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