Santander announces new partnership with Nottingham Trent University for degree level and mba apprenticeships

  • NTU to deliver Santander’s Digital and Technology Solutions Degree programme from October 2019 and the bank’s first MBA apprenticeship scheme.

Santander has today announced a new partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) as the bank’s primary apprenticeship partner for Degree level programmes.

NTU will deliver Santander’s Digital and Technology Solutions Degree programme from October 2019. The programme offers 20 candidates the opportunity to complete a four year apprenticeship resulting in a Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions. NTU will also work with Santander in creating the bank’s first MBA apprenticeship programme.

The new agreement builds on a relationship which NTU has had with Santander Universities since 2012. This division of the bank focuses on Santander’s commitment to higher education through partnerships with over 1,200 universities around the world and has provided NTU with support which has so far benefitted over 1,000 students from the university in in a variety of areas including accessibility to education, employability and entrepreneurship.

Vicky Wallis, Chief HR Officer of Santander said: “At Santander, we recognise that apprenticeships offer people an alternative route into a banking career other that the traditional graduate path. This helps attract talent from all walks of life and ensures the financial services sector as a whole better reflect the communities we serve. We are delighted to be broadening our partnership with Nottingham Trent University to offer inspiring learning whilst developing critical digital skills across the bank.”

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said: “Our apprenticeship offer at NTU is going from strength to strength and we have more than 500 apprentices with us currently. We are delighted to be able to build on this and become the official apprenticeships partner of Santander. We greatly value our existing relationship with Santander Universities which has benefited students and graduates and now look forward to welcoming their apprentices to our campuses.”

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Santander Universities

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About Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

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