Nationwide Building Society gets ready to recruit more local talent on to its apprenticeship scheme

03 March 2014

As National Apprenticeship Week (3 –7 March) commences, Nationwide Building Society is calling on school and college leavers in Swindon and Northampton and the surrounding area to think about their next steps.

At a time of year when thousands of young people across the UK are approaching a personal crossroads in deciding whether they move into further and higher education or into work, the Swindon-based building society is encouraging potential candidates to apply to its apprenticeship scheme when it opens w/c 17 March.

The programme is open to all age groups above the age of 16 years-old, as well as those starting a new career. As part of their role, the apprentices are given real jobs which contribute towards the work being done in that particular area of the business. While on the scheme apprentices will also obtain a formal NVQ qualification.

Nationwide is also committed to paying its apprentices significantly more than the minimum UK apprentice of £2.68 per hour – mirroring the salary bands for equivalent roles within the business.

All Nationwide’s apprenticeship roles are advertised through the Society’s careers website as well as via the National Apprenticeship Service website

Caroline Hallatt, Executive Sponsor of Nationwide’s Apprentice programme, said: “I’m proud to sponsor Nationwide’s apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are a valued part of our workforce and we offer them real jobs that will help them build skills, challenge them and give them a boost to their working life. They add a fantastic contribution to our business so it’s a mutually beneficial programme.”

Robert Buckland, Conservative MP for Swindon South, said: “Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to help young people into their first jobs and give them a solid foundation for their future careers. Nationwide’s Apprenticeship Scheme not only teaches great skills and provides valuable experience, it also pays a decent wage and leads to a recognised qualification. But the benefits of apprenticeships are as much for employers as they are for apprentices: I’d encourage any business that doesn’t yet offer apprenticeships to look into the support that is available to them to get involved.”

Notes to editors:

Case studies of existing Nationwide apprentices are available upon request

  • Applicants to Nationwide’s Apprenticeship programme must live in the UK
  • The application process opens w/c 17 March 2014
  • The closing date for applications is 4 April 2014
  • The scheme lasts for one year
  • Currently Nationwide has apprentices in eight different areas of the business including HR, External Affairs, IT, Finance and Administration
  • Apprentices are based in our head office in Swindon, administration centre in Northampton and a number of branches across the UK

About Nationwide Building Society
Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million members.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 16,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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