Santander has today (10 Jun) announced a new partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) as the bank’s primary apprenticeship partner for Degree level programmes.

NTU will deliver Santander’s Digital and Technology Solutions Degree programme from October 2019. The programme offers 20 candidates the opportunity to complete a four year apprenticeship resulting in a Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions. NTU will also work with Santander in creating the bank’s first MBA apprenticeship programme.

The new agreement builds on a relationship which NTU has had with Santander Universities since 2012.  This division of the bank focuses on Santander’s commitment to higher education through partnerships with over 1,200 universities around the world and has provided NTU with support which has so far benefitted over 1,000 students from the university in in a variety of areas including accessibility to education, employability and entrepreneurship.

Vicky Wallis, Chief HR Officer of Santander said:

“At Santander, we recognise that apprenticeships offer people an alternative route into a banking career other that the traditional graduate path. This helps attract talent from all walks of life and ensures the financial services sector as a whole better reflect the communities we serve. We are delighted to be broadening our partnership with Nottingham Trent University to offer inspiring learning whilst developing critical digital skills across the bank.”  

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said:

“Our apprenticeship offer at NTU is going from strength to strength and we have more than 500 apprentices with us currently. We are delighted to be able to build on this and become the official apprenticeships partner of Santander. We greatly value our existing relationship with Santander Universities which has benefited students and graduates and now look forward to welcoming their apprentices to our campuses.”

Santander, through its Santander Universities division, maintains partnerships with close to 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries.

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank now has partnerships with over 80 universities, providing over £10m of funding in 2018 to support university staff and students.

In 2015, Santander topped the Global list of Fortune 500 in investment in education (Source: Varkey Report/UNESCO). 

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