Investment platform AJ Bell has recruited six new apprentices and plans to expand its range of programmes for young trainees over the next 12 months.
AJ Bell launched its apprenticeship programme a year ago and the second scheme has now begun with six teenagers enrolling at the company’s Salford Quays headquarters.
They are 18-year-olds Thea Losa, from Macclesfield, Lewis Roddy, from Urmston in Greater Manchester, Alexandra Smail, of Stockport, and Jack Ward, from Runcorn, along with Amelia Hegarty and Joel Rostron, who are both 19 and from Preston.
Lucy Kidson, AJ Bell’s apprentice programme leader, 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.
“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.”
The two-year programme will see the group work in AJ Bell’s customer service department while studying for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment’s operations certificate.
Their training 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 communication and team-working skills.
Each member of the group will be mentored by one of the apprentices who joined the company last year.