Through the six-month ongoing training, students can expand their business knowledge, professional skills and networks for their future careers.
J.P. Morgan has rolled out its apprenticeship programme in Hong Kong for the first time, helping Associate Degree and Higher Diploma students in their final year of study, or graduates with less than two years of full-time work experience, to develop broader skills and gain exposure to the financial sector.
Being part of a global initiative that has successfully run in Australia, Singapore, the US, and the UK, the programme provides another platform to attract, train and retain some of Hong Kong’s best talent alongside its summer internship and graduate programmes.
This year sees 10 students participate in the programme, spanning areas such as finance, operations and technology. Through the six-month ongoing training, students can expand their business knowledge, professional skills and network for their future careers.
Each apprentice will be assigned to a team to work on projects whilst also being assigned an experienced employee as a dedicated mentor to provide guidance and support. Senior management is also supportive of the programme and will continue to meet the students in a variety of sessions.
“J.P. Morgan understands how important its people and diversity are to the success of the firm. Our apprenticeship programme is another example of our commitment of investing in young talent,” Harshika Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong, J.P. Morgan, said. “This programme is a great example of our ongoing commitment to the local community in Hong Kong. We are confident that the fresh perspectives of these talented students will also help further strengthen our own culture.”
Sharing with HRO, Patel said when identifying the apprentices, rather than looking at traditional criteria, the bank looks for a variety of qualities such as empathy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are believed to help drive innovation, creativity and collaboration.
“These skills aren’t necessarily determined by the degree or school you go to,” Patel affirmed. “This programme enables us to find candidates who are studying courses that are perceived as less traditional when it comes to entering the financial services industry.”
J.P. Morgan’s effort in nurturing young talents is also exemplified by its summer internship programme, which has been running over the years. In the 2023 edition, around 200 interns have been welcomed to Hong Kong from across Asia Pacific, participating in an induction and development programme covering all lines of business including investment banking, payments, markets, sales and research, and private bank during their nine-week internship.
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