It’s likely to last either three or four years, and you’ll be balancing practical work with academic study toward degree-level qualifications. With the support of your managers, your colleagues and a dedicated buddy, you’ll sharpen your financial skills and explore your interests. And at the end of it all, you might even join our graduate programme or take on a full-time role with us.
To give you a slightly firmer idea of how things might go, it’s generally the case that on each of our apprenticeships, you’ll first of all attend an induction, attended by all your fellow Higher Apprentices across every subject area.
Then, you’ll begin your work and your studies. For the first year, we’ll give you thorough training in the basics of the course you’re on – meaning that no-one is at a disadvantage, even if you’ve never studied your subject before.
In your second year, you’ll be into the swing of things, taking on more responsibilities and getting comfortable with new skills. At this point, you’ll likely be studying slightly more advanced modules, giving you more specific skills in your subject area. Depending on how your course is set up, you might find yourself taking on new rotations – those are short stints of 6-12 months spent in different roles across the business.
In your third and maybe even fourth year, depending on how long your course is, most of our apprentices are likely to be taking on a final project and starting to build up a portfolio of experience, ready for a final assessment of their progress.