Metro Bank to create 900 jobs as it bolsters apprenticeship scheme

Metro Bank to create 900 jobs as it bolsters apprenticeship scheme

Metro Bank has said it will create 900 new jobs this year, including 100 apprentices, as it grows its staff to 4,000.

The challenger bank said that, in addition to hiring apprentices, it can now offer dedicated in-house apprenticeship training at its facility, dubbed Metro Bank University, after being certified last year.

The scheme has about 100 places available and will roll out sector-specific programmes over 12 to 36 months in IT, HR and cashiering. These will be accredited by either City and Guilds or the Chartered Banker Institute.

Metro Bank University has expanded to three campuses across London, offering trainees more than 75 classroom-based courses and 130 e-learning sessions.

Craig Donaldson, chief executive of Metro Bank, said: “Investing in and developing our colleagues is central to the success of our model.”

He added: “Whether it’s coming up with forward-thinking functionality on our app to save customers’ time, or transforming someone’s day when they visit us in store; our colleagues have made the banking revolution what it is today.”

Last year Metro Bank promoted 25pc of its staff that had been there for a year or more. The challenger bank recruited 596 staff on permanant, fixed-term and apprentice contracts in 2017.