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Offering structured orientation to apprentices

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals.

In 2016 Goldman Sachs launched a degree apprenticeship programme in London, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

After the four year programme, if Apprentices are successful, they will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and, if they perform well enough, could have the opportunity to be considered for a full time offer in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs.

What we did.

We have an 100 days learning strategy that we offer to all new apprentices. The strategy was designed to orient the apprentices to the firm and our culture, enhance their professional skills to set them up for success and to encourage them to take ownership of their own learning. Their orientation experience was made up of a three components: a week one orientation, weekly skills building workshops and bi-weekly manager meetings to share best practice and key challenges.

What we learned.

Overall feedback from both the apprentices and their managers has been extremely positive.

Apprentices have noted that these training workshops helped them to expand their networks, understand the GS culture and speed up their integration, and apply the skills learned during their integration to both work and university.

We also support apprentices to manage the balance between working life and study, enhance professional and technical skills to accelerate performance, and also encourage them to become independent learners.

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