AJ Bell launches 2018 apprenticeship scheme

AJ Bell apprentices with Andy Bell

AJ Bell launches 2018 apprenticeship scheme

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (5 – 9 March 2018), Manchester-headquartered AJ Bell is announcing the launch of its 2018 apprenticeship scheme.

The second intake of new apprentices follows the first programme last year. It aims to recruit highly-motivated young people from across the north west and provide them with the tools and support to develop successful careers within the business.

Young people from Manchester and the surrounding areas are encouraged to apply for the scheme by visiting AJ Bell’s apprenticeships page from Monday, March 5 and submitting an application. The company is looking for around 10 new apprentices to join the scheme.

AJ Bell is one of the UK’s leading investment platforms, which provides online pension, investment and stockbroking services to more than 164,500 customers in the UK. AJ Bell moved into its new HQ at Exchange Quay last summer and has since been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK.

The apprenticeship scheme is a two-year training programme incorporating critical skills such as communication and building customer relationships, alongside technical knowledge of financial products such as self-invested personal pensions and individual savings accounts.

The apprentices will spend time in various client services teams, and will work towards obtaining a highly-regarded professional qualification. Each apprentice is also assigned a mentor to support them throughout their training and provide them with every opportunity to continue their career at AJ Bell after the scheme concludes.

Andy Bell, the company’s chief executive, said: “Our first apprenticeship scheme has been a great success, both in terms of the professional and personal advancement of the apprentices and for the development of the business. It was great to see how easily the first group of apprentices integrated with our staff and they have very quickly become a valuable part of the teams they work with. They have been proactive, motivated and enthusiastic, so much so that we are looking at other areas of the business that could welcome apprentices in the future.

“We are therefore delighted to be able to announce a second intake onto the scheme to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week. We look forward welcoming more local young people into the business later this year and helping them onto a successful career path.”