HR traineeship

HR traineeship

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Helping our employees as well as our customers to stay a step ahead

A pioneering bank requires a pioneering HR organisation. In order to help our customers to stay a step ahead, we need to do the same for our employees. At ING, HR is at the heart of the business. We help the bank to achieve its strategic objectives. We innovate the way we work and how we support our people in their own development. The financial sector has undergone a period of considerable upheaval over recent years. Customers have different wants and needs than before, new competitors are emerging and the advancements in terms of digitalisation, technology and product innovation are moving at lightning speed. ING not only keeps pace with the changes, but preferably stays ahead of them. That places some tough demands on HR! As an HR trainee you make a valuable contribution to an innovative HR organisation.

The HR traineeship: the route to a pivotal role within HR

The ING HR traineeship prepares you for the role of HR Business Partner in the space of two years. As an HR trainee, you play a part in the innovation process right from the start. You take a constructively critical view of the bank’s HR activities and suggest how we could do things better.

Your first year: two challenging projects

Your HR trainee manager helps you to choose your first rotation, which lasts for six months. You’re involved in creating a distinctive employee experience; along with the rest of the team, you ensure that HR-related processes run smoothly and easily so that employees’ questions are answered quickly. You could join a team that is responsible for our payroll, for example, or perhaps you’ll start within the Employer Brand Activation team.
Your second six-month assignment is in a People Analytics team. You help to extract useful insights from HR and personnel-related data using advanced analytical techniques. Those insights help HR to make an even more valuable contribution to inspiring, engaging and developing ING’s employees.

During your first rotation you also work together with fellow trainees from other tracks on a group assignment to tackle a relevant challenge for our business. This gives you the opportunity to expand your network within ING, fine-tune your stakeholder management skills and learn more about yourself at the same time. The group receives guidance from an external coach.

We encourage you to gain international experience during one of your rotations, if the circumstances allow it. For example, previous HR trainees have worked in Frankfurt, Milan or Singapore. Based on the applicable coronavirus restrictions at that time, we will help you to decide whether it is wise to go abroad.

If your international project cannot go ahead, we offer you an alternative, such as working on an international project remotely or going on an in-depth extra training course instead.

Your second year: your third assignment and starting in a permanent role

You’re still in charge, your third rotation is arranged by you. Your HR trainee manager will help you in the decision making; will this last rotation be done to deepen knowledge of your business (within your track), of do you decide to do this rotation within a different track? Imagine: as an Analytics trainee you can gain experience as IT Engineer, or learn about one of our products or processes within the Wholesale Bank. Or as Retail Banking trainee, you can do a rotation within Risk or Operations & Change. 

You can draw on all the experience you gain during your four rotations in your first permanent role. You will become an HR business partner for a smaller business unit where you get the chance to work on your further development.

Training and coaching

The point of being a trainee is to develop yourself and learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so. Your HR trainee manager coaches you during your three rotations and helps you to get the maximum benefit from your traineeship. During your traineeship, you participate in two Global Trainee events together with all ING’s trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The first event is at the start of your traineeship, the second event is towards the end of your two-year traineeship. The events will be held live once circumstances allow this, and are focused on developing your professional and personal skills.

During your traineeship you follow a flexible training programme. For every traineeship we set one mandatory training, with content which is very relevant to your part of the bank. On top of this, you can follow two training courses that you’ll choose, which match with your rotation or permanent role.

One Way of Working, taking everyone’s talent into account

For the past few years, ING has been working in line with the ‘One Way of Working‘ agile methodology and in self-managing teams. That enables us to get things done for our customers quickly, and to offer our employees challenging work with lots of autonomy. The self-managing teams are solely responsible for achieving their team objectives, from start to finish. Collaboration, helping one another to improve and continuous innovation are all key aspects of this way of working. The hierarchy is much flatter than in teams organised along traditional lines; everyone’s contribution based on their own expertise and experience is recognised and appreciated. At ING, we use our people’s talents as our starting point and are firmly convinced that team diversity is essential to our strategic success.

Impact on the organisation with an innovative take on HR

Are you keen to set to work on important HR projects that have an impact on the organisation as a whole? Do you want to be involved in the very latest HR-related developments? And are you interested in the financial services sector, do you have an innovative take on HR and an unconditional drive to turn your ideas into reality? If so, the HR traineeship at ING is ideal for you!


Choose the HR traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of HR trainee and convince us of your potential. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to take an online test, which is step 2 of the selection procedure for the International Talent Programme.

You can find detailed information about the application and selection procedure here.

We can only accept complete applications, i.e. your CV and (provisional) transcripts of your bachelor and MSc grades at university level. It’s not necessary to upload a cover letter because you will be asked to answer questions about your motivation during the application process.


It’s currently not possible to apply for this track. If you want to start in April 2022, you’re welcome to apply from 1 October 2021. Do you have any questions about this traineeship? Don’t hesitate to contact Adinda Lapré:

We are currently redesigning our traineeship, but we promise it remains an international, challenging and a (soft) skills development journey.

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