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Investing in young talent
We provide a wide range of attractive opportunities for young professionals and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career at Credit Suisse. Junior hires receive specific training, mentoring and career advice, thus facilitating their transition to full-time employment. In 2020, as a result of the global pandemic, we were able to shift all of our spring and fall campus recruitment events to virtual formats, with no negative impact on our diversity pipeline. We remained connected with candidates, leveraging virtual technology to offer over 250 virtual candidate events, as well as conducting over 1,000 interviews globally. We also implemented a virtual summer internship program across most locations, maintaining the junior talent pipeline for the class of 2021.
Within our campus programs, we remain committed to promoting diversity across multiple areas, from social mobility to gender. In the UK, for example, our award-winning Steps to Success program is now in its eighth intake, offering university scholarship funding for students from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds. In early 2021, we signed the 10,000 Black Interns campaign in the UK. In the US, the Steps to Success program engages with students starting in their first year of college through their sophomore year, and focuses on exposure to careers in banking, professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities.
In Switzerland, the Diversity Internship program ran for the third year and successfully encouraged female candidates in study fields outside of banking to join Credit Suisse. To support the Vocational Education System in Switzerland, 220 apprentices and high school graduates were hired and received introductory training. Our campus efforts were recognized with awards across the globe, including the Poland EB Award, as well as Top Employer in Wroclaw and RippleMatch Campus Forward Awards in the US.