First launched in 2018, Danske Futures is a fully funded, three-year higher-level apprenticeship programme for students who have completed their A- Levels.

Run in partnership with Ulster University, the programme offers school leavers the opportunity to take up a permanent role with Danske Bank in Derry-Londonderry or Belfast, while studying for a degree.

Danske Bank intends to hire a number of apprentices in this latest intake, all of whom will study to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Leading on Customer Operations while gaining experience of working in Danske’s Customer Protection Centre team.

Graduates from Danske Futures benefit from a range of development opportunities, support from colleagues and progression through a clear career path.

The deadline for applications for this year’s intake is August 15 - details can be found on Danske Bank’s website and you can apply now through their job application site.

James McClelland, who joined the Danske Futures programme in 2020 and is currently working in the Customer Protection Centre team, said:

“Gaining real work experience while studying and getting paid has been a brilliant way to develop my career. Despite everything that has happened with Covid-19 I have had so many development opportunities and have received great support from all my colleagues in the bank. I would highly recommend it to anyone keen to invest in their career and education at the same time.”

Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank, added:

“Through the Danske Future programme we’ve been able to bring new skills and fresh ideas into the bank while supporting the development of some of Northern Ireland’s brightest and most talented young people as they begin their careers. The scheme represents a great opportunity for ambitious school leavers to kickstart a career, and it’s also a fantastic opportunity for those who are looking for a career change to retrain and reskill, all while studying for a fully funded degree.”

Ruth Mercer, Programme Director at Ulster University said:

“Already in our third year, we are delighted to continue our partnership with Danske Bank in their Danske Futures Higher Level Apprenticeship programme funded by the Department for the Economy.

”The BSc (Hons) ‘Leading on Customer Operations’ delivers organisational performance and interpersonal excellence through a focus on business insight, technology adoption and human centred design. This degree combined with real world experience, provides graduates with a valuable advantage in today’s customer operations environment and offers an exciting, dynamic career opportunity in an ever-evolving financial sector.”