HSBC UK’s new head office in Birmingham has hosted its first apprenticeship graduation - with 40 apprentices being joined for the celebrations by Ian Stuart, the bank’s chief executive officer and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.

The HSBC UK Apprenticeship Programme was launched in 2011 in association with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), and was the first of its kind run by a major UK bank.  Learners study for a minimum of 12 months and work towards a range of practical and knowledge-based qualifications, with apprenticeships running in HSBC UK’s branch network, contact centres and operational areas across the UK. 

Celebrating  the achievements   of the apprentices   who have completed the   programme, Ian Stuart said: “Apprenticeships play an important role in HSBC UK’s recruitment strategy and have a vitally important role in opening up a career in financial services to those people who may not have gone to college or university. It’s fantastic to see so many bright and enthusiastic apprentices go on to exciting roles in the bank.”

Andy Street said: “Apprenticeships are a key part of creating a stronger and fairer economy where people of all ages and backgrounds can fulfil their potential through work. They are a great way for people to earn while they learn and get vital work experience. Creating opportunities and better jobs for local people is important for an inclusive growth agenda and it’s great to see so many new apprentices graduate through this HSBC UK programme.”

HSBC UK, which sponsors Birmingham Press Club, also has a current account proposition available for all apprentices, on an accredited scheme at Level 2 or above, enabling one million apprentices1 to enjoy the same benefits as those studying a full time degree at a university or college. 

Pic:  HSBC UK Apprenticeship graduate Megan Burrow with CEO Ian Stuart and Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands.