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Shaping your future

Apprenticeship information for students, parents and teachers

Interested in combining practical, hands-on paid work experience with training and qualifications? An apprenticeship could be the pathway to your dream job in the financial services industry!

With recent government reforms, an apprenticeship represents a new route into the financial services industry for many young people. It’s a chance to work and learn, while earning a wage and studying towards a professional qualification, or even a Bachelor or Master’s degree.

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How do apprenticeships work?

You can apply for a number of opportunities on the government’s Get in, Go far website. After being accepted into an apprenticeship, you’ll follow a structured programme of learning and gain on-the-job knowledge and skills. Outside of your day-to-day work, you’ll also undertake learning that's relevant to the role.

The time it takes to complete an apprenticeship varies from role to role, it can be as little as one year and up to four years.

At the end of the apprenticeship, you will go through a final assessment, which tests your competencies and the skills learnt. You’ll also receive a certificate to show you’ve successfully completed the apprenticeship. If you’ve applied for a degree apprenticeship, you’ll gain a recognised Bachelor or Master’s degree.


Benefits of apprenticeships

  • Working in a defined role alongside experienced staff
  • Gaining real-world skills, and hands-on experience
  • Earning a wage and holiday pay
  • Studying towards a related professional qualification, including a Bachelor or Master’s degree
  • Supported throughout to gain qualifications
  • Working and networking within the industry from early in your career


Gaining professional status

Most financial services apprenticeships require the apprentice to take a professional qualification to support the training and development offered by the company. Your employer will choose the qualification that is the most appropriate for you to take.

On completion of your apprenticeship, you may be eligible to gain recognised professional status from The London Institute of Banking & Finance. Professional membership with us is recognised by employers in the financial services industry and demonstrates your commitment to career progression and development.