HSBC aim for 1000 apprenticeships by end of the year



Hiring 1000 apprentices by end of 2012

HSBC became the first major UK bank to hire apprentices in 2011, teaming up with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to deliver the reputable programme. A graduation ceremony was held recently to celebrate the success of those who have already completed the training. By the end of 2012, the bank is expected to have around 1,000 apprenticeships in place across the country.

Apprentices are employed by the bank in an entry level position, such as cashier or customer service advisor. After three months of employment, the applicant will be able to begin the apprenticeship programme. Positions available are in financial services, customer service and business administration.

Head of UK and Deputy Chief Executive of HSB, Antonio Simoes, said: “We see the upskilling of our staff through apprenticeships as one of the ways in which we can offer even better customer service. Apprenticeships play an important role in our recruitment strategy and provide young people who may not have gone to university, with another route into a challenging and rewarding career in our industry.”