We developed a three-stage program which focused on the attraction and selection of new external and internal talent, before implementing a 16-week full-stack software development training course designed to create the bank’s ideal developer.
Full branding and selection campaigns
We worked with marketing and HR teams at Deutsche Bank to create a 12-week advertising campaign to attract a different kind of candidate; one which wasn’t defined solely by their experience in technology. We used our contacts, social platforms and PR channels to promote the program through the partnership, before putting applicants through our bespoke selection campaign to test for potential rather than past experience.
The campaign received 2000 applications with enough strong candidates to fill the course two to three times over! What’s more, we achieved a 50% female intake: well-above average.
We simultaneously ran an eight-week internal marketing campaign to encourage current employees to consider retraining to the technology division. Internal communication strategy developed to ensure messaging, support and cooperation between tech and HR teams, to support candidates with career progression, salaries, job titles and crucially management encouragement and support.
The internal campaign attracted a vast number of applicants from our test pool, and improved pathway options within the company to support retention of staff. The PR around investment in staff, training and reskilling was uplifting among the recent reports, and there is the potential to launch the program across the organisation and reduce the need for redundancies.
Full-stack software development course
While new candidates applied during the duration of the campaigns, the _nology team developed a bespoke 16-week course with the existing tech team to align training to improved tech stack and specific project and programme requirements.
Through determining the ideal developer for Deutsche Bank, we included training in Angular, Java and best practices such as test-driven development, and coaching in company values, culture and professional skills.