Apprentices excel at Nomura: case study

Global investment bank Nomura has a very diverse entry-level recruitment strategy, which attracts the most talented people with the broadest range of experience, through a range of graduate programmes and summer internships.

Nomura decided to trial the Just IT apprenticeship scheme by hiring a 16-18 year old candidate for their EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters in the City of London. After employing its first apprentice in October 2013, the company had hired an additional five within three months.

Robin Hammond, head of technical operations at Nomura, said: “I’ve always been keen on recruiting apprentice level entrants within my area as they have a freshness that is great to work with: candidates without preconceptions are happy to question processes, identify weaknesses, and bring new ideas. I think I may have had slightly inflated expectations of the scheme, but fortunately these have been met. The engagement with Just IT and the quality of candidates has been very good so far.”