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Erik Weyler and his colleague sitting at a computer

Are you at the beginning of your career as a developer and interested in developing the IT system of the future? SEB COBOL Academy is a fantastic opportunity for you who are interested in IT and the banking sector. Here you will have the opportunity to become a sharp COBOL developer.

Welcome to an academy where you will work in an agile environment where we share knowledge with each other.

About SEB COBOL Academy

The next training period starts in the autumn 2023 and runs for six months.After completed training and six months’ provisional employment, the aim is to offer you a full-time position as a Junior COBOL developer. During the training period you will gain a good understanding of SEB’s technical environment where you will learn something new every day supported by your senior colleagues.

The aim of the course is to give participants basic skills in COBOL programming and an insight into some of SEB’s programming environments and tools.

A typical dayIn the academy consists of lectures, independent work and exercises.

 You will learn:

  • The principles of coding methodology and COBOL programming
  • An understanding of testing, error handling and debugging
  • Understanding of and skills in basic database handling
  • Writing SQL code for handling and searching in a database


The application period will start during the spring 2023

Start of education: Autumn 2023

Location after education : SEB office in Arenastaden, Solna

Apply to COBOL Academy here (in Swedish)

Mainframe at SEB

The IBM mainframe computer is an advanced technical platform with many strengths: security, performance, efficiency and operational reliability. At SEB it is used for many of our core systems for accounts, payments, customers, products, debit/credit cards, securities and insurances. SEB has over 300 system developers who mainly work in the mainframe programming languages COBOL and Assembler.

Who are we looking for at SEB COBOL Academy?

  • You have a genuine technical interest
  • An interest in banking and insurance
  • You have a long-term view of your career at SEB
  • Proficient in Swedish and English, verbal and written
  • You are analytical and have good problem-solving abilities
  • You have good collaboration skills and enjoy working in a team, where we work continuously with learning and improving. In addition, you are responsible and enjoy working in an innovative environment.
  • Previous experience of system development and/or training within IT is meritorious


Erik, known as ”COBOL-Erik” in the bank, discusses how the work goes in practice and the culture within the COBOL-community. (In Swedish)