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Technology Development Programme

Kickstarting careers and training in IT for students, graduates and career changers

Technology Development Programme

Your future in FinTech starts here

There’s never been a more exciting time to join the Technology Development Programme (TDP). Why? Because our 15 million members rely on our services being up and running 24/7, we are serious about making technology faster and simpler. This is driven by two things: technology and talented people. If you want to be a part of paving the way for transformation across our entire organisation to become a technology specialist of the future, choose from the schemes below.

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Accelerator

Fast track technology training and development for graduates and career changers

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IT Industrial Placement

For undergraduates interested in a career at Nationwide.

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Introducing the TDP

An introduction the TDP and its three schemes. Which one is for you?
Tech She Can

Women in Tech

The Tech She Can Charter is a commitment by organisations to work together to encourage young women to pursue technology subjects and careers.

In 2017, PwC conducted research to understand why so few women were choosing technology as a career choice in the UK. The researched revealed young women had a lack of female role models working in the industry, as well as a lack of opportunities being put forward to them. Consequently, PwC set out to create a network of organisations working together to achieve a common goal. Tech She Can was born and nurtured by PwC and has recently become a registered charity.

The Tech She Can charter pledges aim to tackle the issues women face entering the technology industry at a societal level by inspiring and education.

Nationwide is proud to be a member of Tech She Can, working alongside over 200 organisations from a variety of sectors.

Tech She Can pledges to:

  • Share best practice amongst organisations as leaders in diversity in technology
  • Lead and support initiatives to encourage more girls and women to consider a career in technology
  • Encourage schools and teachers to use the free Tech She Can training, toolkits and materials
  • Use the power of media for good to reach the right audiences including girls and young women, parents, teachers, and careers advisers
TDP Mark Bates

Welcome to the TDP

Mark is the Technology Development Programme Manager for the Nationwide ‘Technology Development Programme’ and has been at Nationwide in various roles, including: Training Portfolio Manager, and Operations Manager. He also ran his own business.

"I’ve worked in several organisations that promote their culture as supporting the ongoing career development of their colleagues, but through ‘PRIDE’ I’ve seen Nationwide really live up to these values."

"What I love about my role is that I have the privilege of supporting the development of our future engineers and leaders. In turn I know they will continue to provide innovative solutions that enhance how our customers choose to bank with us.

The Nationwide Technology Development Programme provides a helping hand to anyone with the right potential and ambition considering a career in IT & Change. 

“We provide on the job experience, qualifications and personal development so people starting their careers can gain specialist knowledge and experience along their chosen career path.”

If we use the metaphor of a theatre production group, the TDP guys work tremendously hard behind the scenes to provide an innovative ever-changing production – one that continues to provide a service which supports the actors [our customer facing teams] and delight the audience [our customers]. It’s often our fantastic TDP guys who help keep the show on the road, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Senior Management.

Nationwide is becoming increasingly known for its technical innovation and digital society strategy, and now has a sizeable portfolio of change programmes

That’s why we developed a future talent pipeline to support this growth. Measuring TDP success is simple – within 1-2 years individuals leave the programme to progress in IT roles across the Society.

“It’s our diverse approach that helps sets us apart from our competitors – we’re not just interested in graduates – though they are of course welcome!”

Out of our first year’s intake, 58% were non-graduates and direct recruits. 30% were drawn from the business. What unites them all is their technical aptitude, innovate and collaborative behaviours and their desire to help provide systems and applications which will help us to remain No 1 for Customer Satisfaction.

The programme itself provides comprehensive development activities, on the job experience, and a great network of support. This includes the group itself, managers, buddies, mentors and their dedicated programme manager.

The Technology Development Programme looks for potential – both WHAT you can do and HOW you would do it. 

We find the best candidates are those who are comfortable working in a team; their ongoing collaboration with project teams, partners and the wider business is key. It also helps if they have a rational, structured approach to their day to day activity and also the ability to drive their own learning and career development.

Understandably, a few of the TDP have needed help diving straight into a wider business environment and demanding project environments straight from University or College. That’s why we’re here – with support we find they’re usually soon settled after just a few months."

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Developing your career and the future of our Society.

Our 15 million members rely on our services being up and running 24/7 and we’re determined about making technology faster and simpler. This is driven by two things: technology and talented people. Our Technology Development Programme (TDP) enables people of all ages and experience to develop a career in tech. Our Industrial Placement welcomes students wanting to do a placement year in a tech environment before continuing their studies. However, our Accelerator Programme welcomes everyone. Graduates, Career Changers, and anyone who has the drive and ability to learn fast in a tech environment - it empowers you to fast track your way to becoming a tech specialist.

Jaye joined our TDP Accelerator in September 2020. At the age of 30, he saw his opportunity to change his career and develop his skills for the future.

“I never imagined myself working in a tech environment. Even all the way back to my GCSE’s, technology wasn’t introduced to me in an exciting capacity, mostly it involved repetitive work in Excel and very little in coding, my understanding of the large scope that tech offered was limited by my introduction to it.

When I joined the TDP, the beginning of the programme was certainly challenging, I had to get my head around lots of new concepts like variables and object-orientated programming. Now looking back after the last year, I can see how much I have progressed in my learning. I still have a long way to go, but it is exciting to see how much I have learnt so far. Technology will always continue to give me something new to learn and there is so much potential for me to continue expanding my knowledge.

The TDP has helped me to recognise my own skills and to focus on developing myself. Eventually, the end goal is learning to utilise my technical knowledge and experience to benefit the environment. I strongly believe that technology is the means to a more sustainable future”.

Applications open Wednesday 6 October.