1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently on my first rotation within corporate financial crime policy team, liasing with internal teams to ensure we are compliant with internal policy and industry regulation. Delivery conference calls to the function proving changes and updates to policy as well as writing guidance documents.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed my confidence in speaking and delivering meetings and updates. Gained a valuable insight into anti financial crime and how financial crime really does occur within the industry and across the world from working on policy to avoid this within the business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very much so. Currently on my first rotation of four and very much looking forward to the rotations to come and the wide variety of skills I will pick up from the different aspects of the corporate division of the bank.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured. I have a very extensive support network including a placement manager, development manager, mentor, programme team and tutors. Clearly set out programme and all questions and issues immediately resolved. Great provision of development courses and training sessions.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Great support , as mentioned previously as the company has provided a very extensive and personal support network for each of us.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Provided with internal courses and training as well as the external qualification provider. Study time is agreed between managers and myself to suit everyone best. Currently taking one day a week study day, but changed where appropriate.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
We are early into our course, but from current sessions and specification the skills learned will be valuable in my career. We earn both a qualification and accreditation from the industry professional body.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
We have some out of work activities arranged almost the apprentices but little arranged by work. We had an initial induction event which was at the beginning of our programme where we were introduced to the company, colleagues and even ambassadors such a Jessica Ennis-Hill. This event was very good and a great introduction!
9a. Would you recommend Santander to a friend?
Fantastic programme, well structured and feel valued within the business and in my team.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Santander?
Ensure you conduct sufficient prep for your assessment centre, remain calm and be yourself. The key thing is to learn about the business, their principles, behaviours and try to relate every example you provide in interviews or applications to these!