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Prudential apprenticeships – ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’

Youth unemployment is a huge social challenge in many economies, prompting demand for initiatives that can develop the skills that young people need for the workplace. As one of the most recognised and respected brands in the UK, Prudential has a role to play in helping to shape future job prospects for our young people.

Prudential UK has created 50 apprentice training positions for school leavers across our sites in Stirling, Reading and London. These positions are new roles lasting 12 to 18 months, and were advertised through a number of job boards that specifically target young people.

Prudential UK’s HR Director, Cathy Lewis, says: ‘Our apprenticeship programme complements the links we have been building with local schools as part of our wider corporate responsibility agenda.

‘We want to show young people that Prudential is a great place to learn and build an interesting and rewarding career.’

Working with our training partner, Capita, we are developing high-quality work-based training that will allow our apprentices to gain a recognised vocational qualification as well as gaining useful work-based skills.

The programme offers opportunities to young people who may not have otherwise considered, or been given the opportunity to embark on, a career in the financial services sector. The range of roles, requiring different levels of qualifications and abilities, has attracted a diverse range of young people.

22-year-old Damian Priestley, one of the first apprentices to join the scheme at our office in Craigforth, Scotland says: ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. A lot of tough decisions have brought me to this point. University didn’t work for me and after being in a dead-end job for a couple of years it was time to chase a career. I plan on taking this opportunity head on, get real business experience and achieve a recognised qualification. Hopefully I will be able to continue my career with Prudential.’

Lee Currie, 17, is excited about the opportunity of becoming a Prudential apprentice. He says: ‘In December I was just an ordinary school kid. A little over a month later, I now have a chance to develop myself and gain a real qualification.’

Another new apprentice, 17-year-old Kira Proctor, adds: ‘I knew I wasn’t satisfied in school and was looking for an alternative to university. I wanted to experience a business sector and the Prudential apprenticeship scheme seemed like the perfect opportunity. I see this as a fantastic chance and a different path towards a successful career. I am really happy to have been given this opportunity.’

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) helped Prudential develop the new scheme. Vic Grimes from NAS says: ‘From the outset, there was a firm commitment and drive from Prudential to make it happen and it is fantastic to see the vision become a reality.’

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Some of the 50 new apprentices at Prudential UK

I plan on taking this opportunity head on, get real business experience and achieve a recognised qualification. Hopefully I will be able to continue my career with Prudential.”

Damian Priestley
Apprentice

I see this as a fantastic chance and a different path towards a successful career. I am really happy to have been given this opportunity.”

Kira Proctor
Apprentice

Valuing our people