HSBC is to launch a brand new scheme to give young people in Jersey the opportunity to study for a professional qualification while gaining industry experience. The ‘HSBC Future Leaders Programme’ will see the Bank form a partnership with the Jersey International Business School, giving A-Level school leavers in Jersey the chance to combine paid work at HSBC with studying for a specialist degree in financial services. Selected A-Level students over 18 years old will undertake structured work placements at HSBC while completing the two-year local BSc in International Financial Services, being launched by the Jersey International Business School in October, in partnership with The University of Buckingham. The ‘Future Leaders’ will be paid, with means-tested funding being available through the States of Jersey to assist with the costs of the degree tuition fees. It is anticipated that up to five students will be accepted onto the scheme in its first year, with applicants undergoing a rigorous recruitment process to ensure that the most capable candidates are chosen. Applicants for the Programme will need to obtain at least three full A-Levels with a minimum of two C grades and one B grade. Applications for the scheme are now open, with further information available by contacting Lazara Canton on (01534) 606431 or at lazara.canton@hsbc.com. It is expected that graduates will progress into full time employment with HSBC following the completion of their degree. The Future Leaders Programme will complement HSBC’s existing work experience and graduate recruitment programmes and its support of the States of Jersey’s Advance to Work programme. Nick Winsor, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, said: “We are delighted to partner with the University of Buckingham and the Jersey International Business School to launch the HSBC Future Leaders Programme. Successful applicants will combine a career in international finance with HSBC and a professional qualification from one of the top 20 universities in the UK. We hope that will provide an attractive alternative to the rising costs of studying in the UK and develop young talent on the island.” Chris Usher, Director of Client Relations at the Jersey International Business School, added: “We are delighted with this partnership. For the first time students have the opportunity to study for a high quality two year full time degree in International Financial Services awarded by a top 20 ranked university whilst being supported by HSBC, one of the world’s leading financial institutions. It’s a great news story that demonstrates once again the value added to our community by the financial services sector.”