Eloise Hall - Leeds Building Society
Eloise, 21, joined Leeds Building Society’s apprenticeship scheme, seeing it as a great way to enter the business world and gain some work experience.
Having just passed her A-levels, she was thinking about her future and, while many her age were considering university, recognised the benefits of studying on the job.
She was among the first cohort taken on by the building society in 2012 under its apprenticeship scheme with Leeds City College – all of whom had little or no previous experience in the financial services sector.
Apprentices are matched with different departments and complete two years’ paid training in the workplace as they progress towards formal qualifications in their chosen specialism.
Eloise said an apprenticeship provided her with the opportunity to work in many different departments, gaining a comprehensive understanding of how the business operates as well as invaluable knowledge in the working environment, while developing skills in professionalism, team working and people management.
Now working as a Telephone Business Development Manager, Eloise has completed her apprenticeship with an NVQ in Financial Services, and is now undertaking a CMI course in First-Line Management, having the opportunity to progress her career and continue her education while at the Society.
“I would strongly recommend the apprenticeship scheme run in partnership by Leeds City College and Leeds Building Society, as my career and I have benefited hugely,” said Eloise.
“I have gained experience and skill whilst not having to sacrifice my education and am proud to have been a part of the scheme and a colleague at Leeds Building Society.
“I found being able to manage the college coursework in addition to my job role very rewarding, especially once receiving my certificates! “