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What’s the Swift Tech Scholarship?

Always dreamed of working in tech? Looking to reskill or change career path? Or have you been out of work for a while? If so, The Swift Tech Scholarship might be for you.

It’s a training programme for a career in the tech industry that we’re running in partnership with specialist training provider, Udacity. With around 140 scholarships up for grabs across three technical training courses, this could be the break you’ve been looking for.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll be invited to apply for a full-time position with Swift where you can put your newly-learned skills into practice.

Who’s it for?

The Swift Tech Scholarship is open to anyone with transferable skills or some experience in IT – however limited.

Maybe you’ve never considered a role in tech, or thought your skills and experience weren’t relevant. We want to use this programme to build more diverse teams with broader skillsets, so your experience may be more appropriate than you think.

More specifically, the scholarships are:

 

For people returning to work after a break

If you’ve had time out from your career to raise children or care for friends or family with a long-term illness, it might be difficult to know where to start with returning to work. The Swift Tech Scholarship is the perfect steppingstone to getting your career back on track.

For people looking to change careers

There are many reasons why someone might consider changing careers. Whether you’re seeking a better work-life balance, want to push yourself further or just want to do something more meaningful, a career in tech has a lot to offer.

For people transitioning to civilian life

From engineering to electronics, management to communication – lots of the skills and experiences from a career in the military or emergency services are relevant in the tech world too. Many ex-servicemen and women work in our teams already, so if you’re thinking about a career in tech on your return to civilian life, why not apply?

What kind of experience do you need?

readiness

You don’t need an extensive background in tech to apply to this programme. Maybe you’ve tried Python or SQL, have done some general IT-support work, or have no technical experience at all.

We believe that broad experiences build better teams, and want you to be part of our bright financial future.

What programmes are available?

Go to Market Management

  • Product Strategy
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
  • Product Launch

DevOps Foundation

  • Intro to Java: Functional Programming*
  • Java Foundations
  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Java Application Development
  • Cloud Native Fundamentals

DevOps Intermediate

To compete this course, you’ll need to have some knowledge of web development with Python, SQL, HTML and Command Line, and complete a technical test.

  • Intro to Web Development
  • Intro to Python I
  • Intro to Python II
  • Git & GitHub
  • Intro to SQL
  • API Development and Documentation
  • DevOps Fluency
  • Cloud Native Fundamentals

What’s in it for you?

The programme aims to equip you with job-ready technical skills that will help you change or accelerate your career. After completing your course, you’ll be invited to apply for open positions at Swift across three of our technical-focused organisational groups.

Gaining technical skills in today’s job market means more career opportunities and the ability to positively impact some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Ultimately, this course could be a key step towards expanding your future.

What’s in it for us?

Having a diverse and inclusive workforce brings many advantages, from better decision-making to increased creativity and innovation. 

We value the different skills each one of our colleagues brings to work every day and firmly believe that a rich array of talents, skills and perspectives will only make our company stronger.

We aim to promote an inclusive culture within our company and community where everyone is involved, respected and connected, regardless of their differences. Diversity and Inclusion are integral to our culture of excellence, innovation and community.

Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Swift

What does it involve?

The programme will run in London, Virginia, Kuala Lumpur and Leiden. All candidates will take part in a 4-5 month training course, delivered virtually and for around ten hours a week. The course is free, but will need to be completed in your own time. 

Each course consists of several units. These are made up of video lectures with closed captioning and integrated quizzes to help you understand concepts and reinforce ideas. There will also be follow-up homework to promote a ‘learn by doing’ model.

Programming classes use the Python language, while assignments are marked by automated grading programmes on the Udacity servers.

Swift Scholarship
Dana Brants
It's important to be in an environment that's diverse, not only in terms of gender, race, or ethnicity but also backgrounds. At Swift, I have the pleasure of working with people with backgrounds as diverse as language translation to astro-engineering.
Dana Brants Tribe Lead Customer Interactions
Shriyanka Hore
I wanted to be part of Swift simply because of the scale of impact the organisation has on the financial industry. It’s a privilege to work on something that shapes the history of banking and payments.
Shriyanka Hore Head Market Infrastructures Communities and Standards Services, Swift
Tanja Haase
A technical background is certainly valuable, but I never felt at a disadvantage without it. The most important thing is to be open, willing to learn from other people, and not to underestimate the value your experience can bring.
Tanja Haase Head of Swift Go, Payments products, Swift
Brice Goemans
It’s great to work in a company where they understand the importance of family and allow for flexible hours. I can drop off my son at school every day, pick him up early when working from home and take time to cook dinner.
Brice Goemans Product Manager in the Transaction Management Tribe
Rose Ong
I’ve been with Swift for over 5 years and there are still so many things to learn.
Rose Ong Commercial Director - Corporates, Oceania , Swift
Erin Thornton
People know each other and their family situation. If there’s a family emergency—there’s no question that you do what you need to do, and other people will pick up whatever's required. That’s very comforting for those coming in with small children.
Erin Thornton Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Swift
Joyce Foo
I was given the opportunity for a new role shortly after coming back from maternity leave. To me this meant that my seniors recognised my strengths and abilities and saw that I would be good for the role.
Joyce Foo Account Director, Key Accounts

What’s it like working at Swift?

At Swift, we punch above our weight. We’re a company of more than 3,000 diverse and talented people on a mission to build the future of finance.

Our role in the industry means we touch almost every aspect of the financial world. Our employees are bright, customer-focused and intellectually curious people working in a collaborative, friendly, open and inclusive environment.

With unparalleled exposure to knowledge, expertise and technologies, they’re able to take on different career paths and work in teams, departments and disciplines in countries around the world.

Find out more

What is Udacity?

Udacity is a for-profit educational organisation offering open online training programmes with a focus on vocational courses for professionals. They aim to change lives, businesses, and nations through digital upskilling, developing the edge needed to conquer what’s next and creating the job-ready digital skills that empower achievement.

Each Udacity programme is deeply focused—eliminating guesswork in selecting the right course. They go far beyond step-by-step guides, cultivating the critical thinking required for workplace relevance.

Udacity has pioneered this unique scholarship-based approach, partnering with organisations such as Accenture, Amazon, BMW and AT&T to offer similar programmes.

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