Santander, which employs almost 5,000 people in Milton Keynes, has been judged one of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2016-17.

The prestigious rankings, now in their eighteenth year, are based on research among more than 18,300 final year students who left university this year. The students are asked which employers they feel offer the best opportunities for graduates, with the feedback used to compile the top 100 list. Santander is the highest newcomer to the awards, and the Bank of England is the biggest climber.

Iain Gallagher, Emerging Talent Senior Manager at Santander, said: “We’re delighted to be included in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and even more so because it’s feedback directly from the graduates themselves. It’s really important for us to appeal to young talent from all walks of life, so it’s great that we’ve been rated so highly by UK graduates.”

Anthony Alvarado joined the Santander Graduate programme in September 2009 and worked through the various branch roles which lead to a promotion as a Branch Director. Most recently he has been selected to join the Santander Future Leaders Programme and is currently working in Technology and Operations at the Milton Keynes office.

Anthony said: “The Graduate scheme has helped me to develop into the Branch Director Role today by giving me a structure to follow to achieve my career ambitions. It has both supported and driven me to accelerate my growth in the company and without it I don’t think I would be in this position.”

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers has been compiled from research with 18,353 final year students who left university in the summer of 2016 and is published as a full-colour hard-backed book. 60,000 copies are distributed free-of-charge to undergraduates through local careers services at fifty leading universities.

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Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 847 branches (which includes 58 university branches) and 69 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 12,500 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2016. In the first half of 2016, Santander made underlying profit of EUR 3,280 million.