Working for the Bank of Scotland: Financial Services Apprenticeships

As part of  Lloyds Banking Group, the Bank of Scotland is one of Britain’s leading banks that serves approximately 27 million customers and offers apprenticeships in financial services, digital technology and professional services. Based on the Isle of Skye, we caught up with Vasile Siritanu who is in his first year of a Financial Services apprenticeship.

What inspired you to enrol on your apprenticeship programme with this particular company?

‘My name is Vasile Siritanu and I work for the Bank of Scotland.’

‘I’ve always been impressed with the service I’m getting at Bank of Scotland as a customer and when the opportunity came up to apply for an apprenticeship, I thought that was the best way to learn about banking with hands-on experience.’

What qualifications did you require to enrol on your apprenticeship programme?

‘To enrol on the apprenticeship, because I’ve done my studies in another country I had to do an assessment for English, Maths and Technology.’

‘Personal qualities looked for were a good team player, good communication skills, time management, task prioritisation and people skills.’

What are the benefits of being an apprentice at your company?

‘The benefits of doing an apprenticeship at the Bank of Scotland are ongoing support from senior colleagues and management, real life experience, time off to complete workbooks, assessments and catch ups with your assessor, access to various resources for completing research for workbooks and a free subscription to Lynda.com and Skillsoft.’

Describe a daily day as an apprentice at your company

‘At the Bank of Scotland we tend to have a different day every day, by having various tasks to do and dealing with new customers, over the phone, in branch or mobile branch. As well, every day it’s a learning day as you face new challenges and you have to keep up to date with all the changes and procedures.’

What advice would you give to other young people wanting to enrol on an apprenticeship programme?

‘The best advice I can give is to consider the apprenticeship at Bank of Scotland because opportunities and  career progression are unlimited. It’s a great team and company to work for, and we highly promote diversity.’

‘Life is a journey, not a destination so go for it!’

Senior Bank Manager, Fiona Stewart is a huge advocate of apprenticeship schemes as she commented:

‘I fully support any colleague who wishes to follow the Apprenticeship programme. It is a great opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst also working. From a management point of view colleagues tend to be more driven, pro-active and confident if they are involved in the programme with a clear career path for progression. This benefits both the individual and the business.’

Many thanks to Vasile for sharing his apprenticeship journey and to Fiona for giving an employers’ perspective on taking on apprentices! If you would like to find out about apprenticeship opportunities: FoundationModern or Graduate, or are a business thinking of taking on an apprentice a FoundationModern or Graduate, please get in touch with your local DYW West Highland team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram