Apprentices set for careers in Financial Services

Pupils from Glasgow and Dunbartonshire are the first in the country to complete a new apprenticeship for young people who are still at school.

The young people from schools in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire have completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services.

The new work-based learning course enables pupils to spend time at City of Glasgow College and with local employers gaining industry recognised qualifications and building experience in the financial services sector.

Connor Burns is one of the 17 Foundation Apprentices who were awarded their certificates at a ceremony at City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus on Thursday 23 June. 

The 18-year-old has already launched his career in the financial sector having secured a position with Glasgow based Nexus Wealth Planning Ltd which he started this week.

Connor, who attended Bannerman High School in Baillieston, said: “I would highly recommend the Foundation Apprenticeship.

“You not only get a qualification but also practical work skills as the course is split between learning theory at college and getting hands-on experience within a business, which I gained during my time with Barclay Stockbrokers.

“I enjoyed the course at City of Glasgow College. I appreciated the mix of people and the chance to grow up and become independent.

“A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you an advantage when applying for jobs and attending interviews. Being able to say you’ve had experience working for a large company such as Barclay makes you stand out as a candidate.”

Having completed the Foundation Apprenticeship the young people plan to go on to continue their studies at college or university, complete a Modern Apprenticeship or go directly into employment. 

Maxine McClintock, Finance & Business Services Project Manager at City of Glasgow College, said: “Connor and the other apprentices have shown some great qualities including teamwork, maturity and the ability to bring knowledge and practice together which will stand them in good stead.

“Foundation Apprenticeships can help young people to hone the skills that employers tell us they are looking for.  Whether they continue in education, go on to complete a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work these skills will help to give them a head start in their career.” 

Diane Greenlees, Head of Foundation Apprenticeships at Skills Development Scotland said:  “Foundation Apprenticeships introduce young people to the world of work and equips them with the skills and experience to gain accelerated entry onto a Modern Apprenticeship or continue their studies at college or university.

“The first young people to complete a Foundation Apprenticeship in financial services represent a key milestone in the development of this new work-based learning programme.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of young people, colleges, schools and employers taking part.”