Investment bank to offer degree-level apprenticeships

Goldman Sachs is launching a degree-level apprenticeship programme in partnership with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The four-year programme will see apprentices work in the international investment bank’s technology division while studying at QMUL for a bachelor’s degree in digital and technology solutions.

Students will earn a competitive salary and the opportunity for a full-time position at Goldman Sachs on completion of their apprenticeship.


A route into a key industry

Economic secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin MP, said: “A key part of the government’s long-term plan is to ensure that our workforce has the skills it needs to succeed. That is why we’re committed to creating three million apprenticeships by 2020.

“I know from personal experience the career opportunities that are available in financial services and that is why I am delighted that Goldman Sachs is launching a new degree-level apprenticeship programme today.

“This is an exciting scheme that will give young people the opportunity to forge careers in one of Britain’s most important industries.”


Quality collaboration

The National Apprenticeship Service welcomed the launch. Its director, Sue Husband, said: “It is great to have a multi-national global investment banking organisation on board, offering a quality apprenticeship programme.

“[This] is a great example of how learners and employers are making the most of the benefits of apprenticeships. I look forward to hearing from the new recruits as they progress through their degree apprenticeship programme and, from Goldman Sachs and QMUL on the business benefits of this collaborative partnership.”

To coincide with the programme’s launch, the Prime Minister’s apprenticeships advisor Nadhim Zawahi MP attended two events yesterday – Goldman Sachs’s roundtable event and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) conference – both aimed at enabling the financial sector to explore the benefits of apprenticeships.