Last update: 27/06/2023

The rules of the game are in constant transition. Nothing is permanent and our responsibility -as citizens and as professionals- is to understand, live and surf the challenges human beings are facing and draw the possible futures. Young Leaders program is built to help the bank to deal with this context.

If it were not for skilled and committed teams, companies would find it difficult to achieve success: a responsible business attracts the best employees and looks to contribute to their personal and professional growth. At Santander, talent management and retention is one of our key strategies. As such, we promote initiatives aimed at identifying and promoting this internal talent, such as the Young Leaders programme.


participants since 2018


participants since 2018

In a world that is constantly transforming – driven primarily by technology – learning new skills and recycling existing ones is key to people's professional careers.

Upskilling, in particular, is the objective of Young Leaders, an initiative aimed at training young Group employees around the world and providing them with knowledge and techniques so that they can put them into practice in the working world. The professional growth of our employees has a direct impact on Santander’s present and future.

Over 200 Santander employees are currently participating in this programme globally, which has been running for 9 months. In order to further their personal and career development, employees participate in a series of initiatives and activities based on four growth pathways:

  1. Contribute to the Group's strategy whilst having the opportunity to work with colleagues from the various geographies.
  2. Increase exposure through interaction with the organisation's senior managers.
  3. Deal with new experiences and get out of their comfort zone.
  4. Promote their leadership skills, by exposing themselves to the latest business and digital transformation trends.

The program is expected to create added value and reduce cost as well as improve productivity thanks to the tools and perspective shared during the program. It has a direct impact on the participants as well as the people around them. After the YL23 program participants will be enabled to think more creatively and improve their problem solving skills by applying reasoning principles and fostering innovation that generates revenue and sustainable growth for the company. The program raises production efficiency; resulting in increased net revenue through reduction of expenses.

The expected benefits for participants in the Young Leaders Program are:

  • Accelerate personal and professional growth.
  • Learn to attract and develop the talent of tomorrow.
  • Develop a group of “future agents” able to design the future of the business and understand the technological revolution for differentiation.
  • Adapt to uncertainty through curiosity and then adopt change.
  • Encourage diversity through inclusion, innovation and culture.
  • Consolidate Santander Global culture and behaviours.

Since its launch in 2018, a total of 670 employees have participated in the programme, highlighting the growth that this experience has provided them.

In 2022, employees who have participated in the Young Leaders program have been promoted a 25.83 points above the average of the group.

Young Leader is a transformational experience in many respects. It's an extraordinary opportunity to deepen knowledge in innovative realities that are changing the way that business is conducted across all sectors; it opens up a space for self-knowledge and personal growth that is a fundamental pillar for leadership; and it generates a perfect environment to establish links and creates opportunities for collaboration between colleagues across all the geographies in which we operate.

Nieves Texeira, Young Leader programme participant

In our commitment for innovation and the digital transformation of the Group, initiatives such as Young Leaders are a bridge towards developing the company's digital talent, in addition to establishing more diverse teams and a true human leadership.

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