When the apprentice is hiring the apprentice.
When Jerrol Ainsworth joined Healthy Investment in January 2010, as an administrative apprentice, he never envisaged that it would be him hiring the new apprentice.
Jerrol, who has recently been promoted to Membership Manager here at Healthy Investment has been tasked with finding the next apprentice to join the growing team.
Peter Green, Chief Executive of Healthy Investment explained, ‘we have a long tradition of using apprentices and some of our best staff have come through the scheme, including Jerrol, Sam and Khadija who are still working for us.’
Sam Williams, who started his apprenticeship in November 2011, currently looks after our financial advisers who recommend the Investment Bonds, ISAs and Savings Plans we provide to their clients. This is a fairly technical role which demonstrates how Sam has built up his expertise of With-profits investments and the wider financial services sector. Continuing to study has been the key to success for Sam, who has completed a wide range of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s financial services exams.
Khadija Ahmed who also started her career at Healthy Investment as an apprentice works within the membership team and is often the first person an investor or adviser speaks to when they call.
All of the apprentices joined Healthy Investment through the apprenticeship scheme run through Bury College and all have become trusted and valued members of staff who are key to the continued success of the organisation.
Peter added ‘It’s been so rewarding to see how the apprentices we have recruited have been transformed from nervous school and college leavers into financial services professionals who are confident and knowledgeable in dealing with both investors and financial advisers. We’ve also seen them grow up and transition into home owning, responsible adults – most of the time.’
The search is now on to find the next apprentice to kick start their financial services career.