What attracted you to the Standard Chartered apprenticeship programme?
After completing my A-levels, I was encouraged by my teachers to undertake an apprenticeship programme to enhance my skills and prepare me for my future career. I was very keen to go straight into the professional world, so an apprenticeship was an ideal way to enter the banking industry and achieve my aspirations.
After researching various programmes, I was attracted to Standard Chartered’s apprenticeship programme as the positive working culture was reflected throughout the recruitment progress and the virtual taster sessions. The apprenticeship prospectus appeared to suit my career aspirations perfectly and gave me the opportunity to explore various departments across the Bank including the credit analyst team, relationship management and client management.
Tell us about the interview process for the apprenticeship programme
Personally, I found the entire interviewing process to be very insightful as I was given a chance to understand the working culture at Standard Chartered. I had the opportunity to interact and engage with experienced professionals at the Bank which allowed me to make a well-informed decision before joining the programme.
What were the first few weeks like as an apprentice at Standard Chartered?
From the first week I spent at the Bank, I was given multiple opportunities to enhance both my professional and personal skills. Standard Chartered is committed to providing a well-rounded and purposeful experience to apprenticeships, which is why we are given the chance to attend meetings with senior leadership within the Bank.
It was great to see that even the most senior members of Standard Chartered were happy to interact with the apprentices and share their support. Apprentices are also encouraged to interact and learn from their fellow cohort members, and I was able to gain a plethora of knowledge from them.
What has been your most memorable experience with Standard Chartered?
My most memorable experience with the Bank was during my first week of the programme. After spending the first few days on an industry-leading learning experience, we had the chance to be involved in a meet-and-greet session with individuals from across the Bank. This was an excellent opportunity to begin to build my network, which is intrinsic to being successful in the industry.