Sixth-former wins bank post after internship

LONGLEY Park Sixth Form College student Connor Smith has landed a part-time role at Santander following a six-week paid internship.

He will continue his A-level studies while working as a customer service advisor with the hope he will join the bank full-time when his studies are completed.

In July, Santander’s Carbrook House office in Sheffield opened its doors to five local students from Longley Park Sixth Form College as part of the nationwide Career Academy programme, supported by the bank across the UK.

This year, six Santander offices were linked with a Career Academy school or college locally as part of the initiative, with 32 students undertaking an internship with the bank.

Career Academies UK is a charity that leads and supports employers, schools and colleges working together to raise the aspirations of 16-to 19-year-olds. 120 UK schools and colleges, predominantly in urban areas of social need, are involved in the programme.

Career Academy students follow a rigorous two-year programme which aims to boost their employability by giving them real-life experiences of the workplace, alongside a curriculum equivalent to at least three A-levels.

Linda Hoyland, Head of Contact & Sharedealing, who represents Santander on the Local Advisory Board for Career Academies, said: “We are delighted that Connor has taken a part-time role with us following his internship.

“The students gain real world business experience that is invaluable to them when starting their careers or trying to get ahead in the increasingly competitive areas of higher education and graduate jobs.”

Connor said: “My Career Academy with Santander has made a huge difference to my life by giving me an opportunity I would not have otherwise had.

“The part-time role has given me independence and I’m looking forward to finishing my A-levels and seeing what opportunities there are to start a full-time job with the bank.”