In a first for Visa Europe, it is to start an IT apprenticeship programme and is looking for 12 people to train within the company’s Technology and Processing Services (TPS) division and its London headquarters.
This three-year programme will combine practical learning with a qualification for those who take part in the scheme.
Each apprentice will receive on-the-job training and will also follow a programme of study leading to a foundation degree. Apprentices will be encouraged to apply what they learn on the foundation degree in the work place through work-based assignments to demonstrate their new knowledge.
Apprentices will undertake a number of placements within the business to provide them with a solid understanding of all aspects of IT. They may get to be involved with some of Visa’s most high profile programmes, such as the ongoing introduction of contactless payments or keeping online payments secure.
On each placement, apprentices will receive support from a line manager and will have a mentor who will oversee their training with Visa Europe.
“We recognise that IT professionals need to possess a mix of business, interpersonal and technical skills and through our apprenticeship programme we hope to nurture talent and equip them with these, which will in turn enhance our business,” said Adam Banks, chief technology officer at Visa Europe.
Visa is looking to support the rapid growth of its TPS division through this scheme and develop experts with a broad understanding of IT and the Visa business. The programme ultimately aims to develop future leaders and Visa hopes to soon introduce additional apprenticeship programmes for other areas of the business.
Applications for the scheme are open until 6 May with an August start date. More information on who is eligible for the scheme and how to apply can be found here.