The investment platform AJ Bell has recently recruited six new apprentices and plans to expand its range of programmes for the young trainees over the next 12 months.
The apprenticeship programme was launched a year ago and a second scheme has just begun with six teenagers enrolling at the company’s Salford Quays headquarters.
The six new apprentices are 18-year-old Thea Losa, Lewis Roddy, Alexandra Smail, Jack Ward and Amelia Hegarty and Joel Rostron who are both 19-years-old.
This two-year programme will see the apprentices work in AJ Bell’s customer service department whilst they are studying for the Chartered institute for Securities & Investment’s operations certificate.
The training they receive is designed to develop their knowledge of the financial services industry and the AJ Bell business, its systems and processes, investment products, client service and relationships, as well as their team-working skills and communication.
The new apprentices will each be mentored by the apprentices who joined the business in the previous year.
The training provider Kaplan will again be working with AJ Bell to help deliver the programme. AJ Bell’s apprentice programme leader, Lucy Kidson said:
“We are really excited to welcome our latest intake to the business.
“Our inaugural group have been a huge success in terms of the enthusiasm and commitment they have brought to their work and their studies, and are proof that apprenticeships really do work for employers and learners alike.
“We are looking forward to seeing our six new apprentices learn and grow at an exciting time for the company.”
She further added:
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to start their career journeys with AJ Bell, and we are looking forward to launching apprenticeship programmes in other areas of the business over the next 12 months.”
AJ Bell provides online pension, investment and stockbroking services to more than 183,000 customers in the UK.