Yorkshire Building Society, the UK’s second largest building society, has announced plans to recruit 24 new apprentices.
The Yorkshire Building Society is offering apprenticeships in numerous roles covering IT, marketing, risk, customer service, HR and finance predominantly at its Leeds and Bradford main office sites.
All apprentices will be paid above the Living Wage and will be recruited on a permanent contract, which entitles them to all of the same benefits as a non-apprentice.
The roles form part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ trailblazer programme aimed at encouraging employers to create business-focused apprenticeship opportunities.
This intake will be double the size of last year’s, the first time the society ran a formal apprenticeship scheme.
Olivia Mason, who joined Yorkshire Building Society as one of their first trailblazer apprentices last year, said: "Before I came to Yorkshire Building Society I was studying for my A-levels in biology, philosophy and geography at sixth form and was planning on going to university but changed my mind at the last minute as I realised the course wasn't what I wanted to do.
"I heard that this apprenticeship was being launched and was impressed with the opportunities so decided to apply.
"Since I have started working at the Society, I have been made to feel so welcome by everybody that I have met and the support I have received has been incredible. I am excited to see what the future holds as I go further in my apprenticeship and couldn't recommend the organisation enough for someone who is looking for an exciting and fulfilling career."
Andy Tupman, emerging talent manager at Yorkshire Building Society manages the apprenticeship programme. Andy said: "For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice. You could be just out of school, looking to change your career, newly graduated and looking for something different or just out of retirement.
"There's no average age, no average background and no experience required – we are much more interested in finding applicants with the right values and passion for exceeding customer expectations."