HR traineeship

HR traineeship

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

The financial sector has undergone a period of considerable upheaval over recent years. The environment in which we operate is changing dramatically. Customers have different wants and needs than before, and new competitors are emerging. Moreover, the advancements in the fields of digitisation, technology, product innovation and new ways of working are moving at lightning speed. As a company you need to adapt to that and preferably even stay ahead of the changes. That places some tough demands on the HR organisation. At ING, HR is at the heart of the business – we help the bank to achieve its strategic objectives. Our innovation activities are focused not only on our products and services, but also on the way we work and how we support our people in their own development.

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

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

Your first assignment: the Human Resources basics

Your talent manager helps you to choose your first assignment (‘rotation’), which lasts for six months. Every HR trainee does their first rotation within People Services. This enables you to gain relevant HR knowledge that you can continue to build on during the rest of your traineeship – such as knowledge about our Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) and social plan, and insights into employment law. Another option is to work in Employer Branding, or perhaps you will decide to support in a payroll cycle.

During your first rotation you also work together with fellow trainees on a group assignment, which helps you to discover even more aspects of HR.

Your second assignment: the chance to work abroad

It’s up to you to arrange your second assignment. Now it’s a matter of using your network and your own initiative. Many of our trainees take this opportunity to spend six months gaining international experience, such as by working in Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan or Singapore.

Just some examples of assignments include:

  • Focusing on the bank’s remuneration policy within Performance & Reward. How should we handle bonuses, for example, in view of pressure from wider society?
  • Talent & Learning is related to our employees’ career prospects and growth opportunities, among other things. Issues you could tackle include how we can map out career paths and what agile working means for employees’ personal development.
  • Within People Services you could join Employer Branding, which is focused on developing new and innovative ways of showing people what it’s like to work at ING.

Your second year as a trainee: furthering your development in a permanent role

In your first permanent role, which lasts approximately two years, you will enhance your knowledge and hone your skills. You could join the HR Impact team to work on various HR projects, or you could start as a Support HR Business Partner where you’ll gain experience in Performance & Reward, Talent & Learning and People Analytics.

Global events

The point of being a trainee is to learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so... such as during our global events. These are attended by all trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The training events are very intensive. They last for two whole weeks, including the weekends. You work on core banking skills and personal skills as well as knowledge that you need for your specific track: HR.

More training opportunities

What do you need in order to grow? Your manager helps you to decide which kind of training you need. The opportunities include personal development and competency development, as well as training courses to help you gain new finance, data or technology skills. Another important focus of the HR traineeship is the development of your leadership skills. Besides that, the programme includes specific HR-related training as well as courses on advisory skills, presentation techniques and agile scrum, plus the Investment Foundations training and the general banking course (Algemene Opleiding Bankbedrijf).

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 assessment, 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.

We will be holding two selection rounds for the starting date of 1 October 2020:

How will you change banking? Find out during the HR traineeship

On the four-year ING International Talent Programme you create your own career within HR. You learn more about your chosen discipline, the financial services sector and yourself. Do you want to have an impact on not only the financial lives of close to 9 million customers but also the bank of the future? Discover how you can today.


It’s currently not possible to apply for the HR traineeship 2020. We hope to see you back here end of this year, when recruitment for 2021 starts.
Do you have any questions in the meantime? Don’t hesitate to contact Adinda Lapré:

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