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Yorkshire Building Society receives ministerial visit

Originally posted as part of the BSA's monthly Newsbite newsletter. Sign up to receive here.

Robert-Halliwell-Anne-Milton-MP-Olivia-Lambert.jpgIt’s not every day you get the chance to speak alongside a Government Minister, but two apprentices from the Yorkshire Building Society got to do just that this March, when apprenticeships and skills Minister Anne Milton MP paid a visit to Leeds. 

Olivia Lambert (Apprentice Customer Consultant) and Robert Halliwell (Apprentice Capacity and Performance Analyst) told a large audience about their work. 

Robert said:                                    
“I was proud to tell the Minister that I turned down a place at University to do an apprenticeship, and that I’ve not looked back since.

I’m doing a degree apprenticeship, which means that the Group is giving me serious work experience, paying the fees for my degree at Leeds Beckett University, and paying me a salary that’s higher than the Living Wage. I feel like it’s been the ideal way to start my career.”

Olivia said:
“I work at Wakefield branch, and my apprenticeship is all about delivering excellent customer service and representing the Society to our members. I feel lucky to be doing a job which offers real help to people, and training while working."

The Yorkshire opened applications for their apprenticeship scheme last week. It’s an opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with a real career path, in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. All of their apprenticeships include a recognised qualification and the offer of a permanent job at the end of them as well, and all apprentices are paid more than the Living Wage. 

Andy Tupman, the Yorkshire’s Emerging Talent Manager, said:
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with 34 exceptional apprentices and see their careers start, and I’m proud of what we have achieved through our apprenticeship scheme. Our apprentices are the future of the Group, so it was great to see Robert and Olivia present their experiences to the Apprenticeships Minister.
“For us, there's no such thing as a typical apprentice. Someone could be just out of school, looking to change career, newly graduated or just out of retirement. There's no average age, no average background and no experience required – we want to find applicants with the right values and passion for exceeding customer expectations.”

To find out more the apprenticeships programme, visit 

Originally posted as part of the BSA's monthly Newsbite newsletter. Sign up to receive here.

Posted by Amy McCluskey on 29 March 2018