Danske Bank launches higher level apprenticeships for students

  • Danske Bank has opened applications for its degree-led apprenticeship programme, 'Danske Futures'.

    First launched in 2018, the initiative is a fully funded, three-year higher-level apprenticeship programme for students who have completed their A-Levels.

    Run in partnership with Ulster University, it offers school leavers the opportunity to take up a permanent role with Danske Bank in Derry-Londonderry or Belfast, while studying for a degree.

    Danske intends to hire a number of apprentices in this latest intake, all of whom will study to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Leading on Customer Operations while gaining experience of working in Danske’s Customer Protection Centre team.

    The deadline for applications for this year’s intake is 15 August and details of how to apply can be found on Danske Bank’s website.

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    James McClelland, who joined the Danske Futures programme in 2020 and is currently working in the Customer Protection Centre team, said: “Gaining real work experience while studying and getting paid has been a brilliant way to develop my career.

    "Despite everything that has happened with Covid-19 I have had so many development opportunities and have received great support from all my colleagues in the bank. I would highly recommend it to anyone keen to invest in their career and education at the same time.”

    “Through the Danske Future programme we’ve been able to bring new skills and fresh ideas into the bank while supporting the development of some of Northern Ireland’s brightest and most talented young people as they begin their careers," added Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank.

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    "The scheme represents a great opportunity for ambitious school leavers to kickstart a career, and it’s also a fantastic opportunity for those who are looking for a career change to retrain and reskill, all while studying for a fully funded degree," she said.

    Ruth Mercer, Programme Director at Ulster University concluded: “The BSc (Hons) ‘Leading on Customer Operations’ delivers organisational performance and interpersonal excellence through a focus on business insight, technology adoption and human centred design. 

    "This degree combined with real world experience, provides graduates with a valuable advantage in today’s customer operations environment and offers an exciting, dynamic career opportunity in an ever-evolving financial sector.”

    Find out more about Danske Futures and how to apply here.

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