Banco Santander’s big bet: helping young people open the door to the job market

This year, Banco Santander focused its commitment to higher education on helping young people achieve a major goal: improving their employability. To do this, it offers various scholarship programs in alliance with reputable university institutions, providing training ranging from professional English to digital skills to equip students with the most in-demand skills in the current job market. Among the currently active programs, programs developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Professional Education or the University of Chicago stand out.

Over the course of 25 years, the group, through the Universities of Santander, has allocated more than 2,000 million euros and provided more than 630,000 scholarships and grants to those who wish to advance in their careers. In this sense, the English language is essential to enhance the chances of getting a job. This is the goal Santander Language Scholarships | English to advance your career – University of Pennsylvania. This program offers 1,000 scholarships aimed at people over the age of 18, non-native speakers of English, citizens or residents of 13 countries (Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United States, Spain, Mexico, Peru , Poland, Portugal, UK and Uruguay), with a minimum of B1 for English.

The call was launched in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. The training program will allow participants to choose between three courses based on their career goals: English for career development (Designed to help participants learn to face selection and interview processes in English), English for Business and Entrepreneurship (for those interested in business and the global economy), and English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Participants will learn how to manage the language of cause and effect in English, write research strategies or analyze data from experiments.)

“Language skills, especially English, are a prerequisite for employment and professional development, and even more so in an environment where digital transformation and internationalization are taking place very quickly. Faced with a moment of transformation like the one we are experiencing, promoting professional English seems to be fundamental to us , for example, to increase the chances of success in selection processes, which the University of Pennsylvania has a lot of experience with,” explains Javier Rogla, Global Director of Santander Universities.

The course will start in January 2022, its duration is 5 weeks, and it will be taught by the department English Language Programfrom UPen. The call is open until November 23 at

Another program available is Santander Technical Scholarships | MIT Emerging Technologies Program for Professional Education, which offers courses related to technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cyber security, which are in great demand in a digitally-dominated job market. There are 400 scholarships available to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay. Participants will gain knowledge that will help them enhance their employability and career path.

Applicants can choose from five courses designed by professors from MIT, a global leader in innovation, education, and digital transformation such as Digital transformation: technologies and their practical applications, Offers knowledge of the five technologies such as blockchain, cloud, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and cybersecurity); Machine Learning: Technology in Decision MakingAiming to improve operational decision-making processes; Designing Effective Solutions with MITdesignX: The Approachwhich allows participants to learn about product or service design concepts and tools to tackle today’s complex problems; Product Family Management: From Strategy to Implementation, a training course on the concept of product groups and platforms and how they can maximize cost savings and increase diversity; s technology development department It aims to develop technology roadmaps and learn how to make more effective technology implementation decisions, helping to shape research and development portfolios.

According to Rugla, the bank is “reinforcing its commitment to higher education to open the doors of the labor market. These scholarships offered with a distinguished international partner such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Vocational Education are proof of this. The labor market is becoming digital, therefore, there is a growing demand for professionals with digital skills and thanks to These scholarships will gain this knowledge.”

These scholarships become relevant in an environment where there is a shortage of people with skills in digital technology, both in the European Union and in Latin America, in a market that offers ample job opportunities in this field. Courses will start in February 2022. The application process ends on January 10th and those interested can find more details about the process and requirements on the Becas Santander website.

Santander Universities also recently launched Santander Technical Scholarships | Digital Business – University of Chicago, a program of 1,600 scholarships for training in new technologies and management models. Participants will be able to choose between one of the following courses, available in Spanish, English and Portuguese, based on the e-learning methodology: Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Managers; Create and manage flexible teams; financial technology; s digital marketing. The call will be open until December 15, and residents of Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, USA, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, UK and Uruguay can participate.

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