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Recruitment firm Hays (HAS: LN) announced today it has been awarded the Early in Career recruitment programme for Santander UK. Hays bid for the contract in partnership with HR service firm Penna PLC.
The service is a two year contract and will be delivered by the newly appointed onsite Hays team deployed across the UK, led by Karl Porter and Karen Paginton. Mr Porter will work with Rosemary Kelsall, Lead Client Partner at Penna, to design and deliver the service and interface with Santander's resourcing leadership team.
The design and attraction strategy will be constructed by Penna's experienced graduate team, and delivered by Hays.
The contract will see Hays delivering a new service that includes engagement with schools and school children as young as eight to address long term perceptions of banking in a future generation of workers, support for schools career services and after school clubs. It will also provide work experience opportunities to school children from deprived backgrounds across Santander's corporate sites in the UK, and enable access to over 300 apprenticeships nationwide in an attempt to improve social mobility.
Richard Jackson, Managing Director of Hays Talent Solutions, commented: “Once fully operational this service will deliver over 500 hires across a number of channels. This is an exciting opportunity for Hays as it represents our first genuine complete outsourced Early in Career programme and also our first partnership with Penna.”