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Erik Weyler and his colleague sitting at a computer

What challenges do you face from a mainframe perspective? What will you have to get to grips with?

Are you at the start of your career as a developer and want to work on the development of the IT systems 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 became a sharp COBOL developer.

Welcome to a training programme where you will work in an agile environment in which we share knowledge with each other and learning never ends!

About SEB COBOL Academy

The next training period starts in January 2022 and runs for six months. Following 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 day on the course consists of tutor-led training, self-study and exercises.

What you will learn includes:

  • 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


Deadline for applications: August 29 (NOTE: the ad may be closed earlier)

Start of education: January 2022

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, payment 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
  • Good 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 an advantage.

Meet some of your future colleagues – this is how SEB invests in COBOL:


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

One day as a COBOL-developer at SEB

Rickard previously attended SEB’s COBOL Academy and is currently a mentor for new employees. He shares his view on what opportunities the COBOL Academy creates and why he likes working for SEB.

Mainframe at SEB

Leif talks about what the mainframe is and how it is used within the bank and in the world. He also reveals why SEB use COBOL. (In Swedish)