This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a celebration that brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses, and the wider economy.
Apprenticeships offer school leavers the chance to learn new skills and gain industry experience. They’re also vital for employers to ‘develop a workforce with future-ready skills’, with 96% of employers that take on an apprentice reporting benefits to their business according to a study by UK government initiative, The National Apprenticeship Service.
We have welcomed apprentices over the last two years, with a breath of talented individuals joining the business in various divisions, such as financial planning and investment management, and across both London and our branches.
Each apprentice is assigned a buddy when they first join who helps them settle in, providing insights into the various teams, roles and career paths available. We hope that our apprentices can gain valuable experience and build meaningful relationships at Charles Stanley to support them in the early stages of their career.
One way we have sourced our apprentices is through our nominated charity, Open Palm. Open Palm is a charity dedicated to empowering young people, particularly from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds, to succeed regardless of their racial or social background.
We’re proud of the pool of talent our apprentices bring to the team and are delighted to be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. Check out what some of our apprentices had to say on their time at Charles Stanley.
I have quickly come to find that CS has a very friendly and caring environment to work in. My experience has been nothing but positive when transferring from school into the working environment and I have learnt that everyone is willing to help.
Charlie Howse, Financial Planning Apprentice
My first impression of Charles Stanley is that everybody here is genuinely so nice, friendly, and really helpful. Everyone has welcomed me and helped me to settle in and make the leap from school to workplace. There are lots of people to learn different things from, and I feel that helps me grow as a person both professionally and personally.
Azhar Kabir, CASS Apprentice
Many of the staff members I have met with have been here for more than ten years and have moved throughout different departments. "Managers who pushed them to excel and grow in their career" was the justification for this. Nothing is more valuable to an apprentice than to be able to look forward and see nothing but progress.
Helen Sobot, Middle Office Apprentice
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