The Leeds launches apprenticeship scheme

The Leeds launches apprenticeship scheme
Leeds Building Society staff

(L-R) Emma Krawec (HR Consultant), Joanna Perry (Learning and Development Manager) and Ben Spencer (Team Leader, Customer Services).

Leeds Building Society is launching a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Programme in ‘Providing Financial Services’ and ‘Business and Administration’ in conjunction with Leeds City College (LCC).

LCC is the UK’s third largest further education establishment in England, with an Apprenticeship portfolio range including 28 different frameworks.

Staff from Leeds Building Society recently attended an Opportunities Fair at Leeds City College to promote the Apprenticeship programme.

Becky Hewitt, head of HR at Leeds Building Society, said: “A record number of school leavers are choosing not to go to university and we are looking at new ways of providing them with alternative career opportunities. The apprenticeship programme will provide the apprentices with the knowledge and skills to be successful in financial services, and the roles are based in the branch network or alternatively at Head Office.

“We will also provide them with either the option to specialise in Human Resources or move into a junior management role. In today’s economic climate it is important to provide young people with fresh opportunities and the apprenticeship programme at Leeds Building Society will do that, whilst gaining vital work experience. The programme will include a very specific development plan leading to an exciting career in financial services.”

David Gaughan, head of business operations at Leeds City College said, “Leeds City College is proud to be supporting Leeds Building Society’s Apprenticeship programme. These Apprenticeships will provide the successful candidates with the opportunity to develop skills, whilst shaping their future career path with one of the most prestigious employers in Leeds.”