Last September, our client Gatehouse Bank welcomed their first six apprentices. These ambitious school leavers were recruited from Gateway, Visionpath's bespoke apprenticeship programme with the bank. We caught up with Treasury Assistant Alex Lynes, who has shared his apprenticeship experience so far.

Alex, what have you learned about yourself since beginning your apprenticeship?

I am amazed at how much I have learned in just a few months. Now I am confident in what I do and explaining it to others.

What skills and knowledge have you developed so far?

I have gained a lot of industry knowledge since starting; how the financial markets work and cause and effects, as well as different financial products. I have also learned what skills are needed to excel in the financial sector.

What is it like working for Gatehouse Bank as an apprentice?

It is extremely nice to work for Gatehouse Bank. We get treated like any other employee. They give us lots of responsibilities and have high expectations. It is a rewarding feeling to be a useful member of a team.

What three things are you enjoying most about your role?

1) Interacting with other counter-parties of the bank, through platforms such as Reuters or Bloomberg.

2) Managing the bank's liquidity, short-term as well as long-term.

3) Collecting information on counter-parties, new and old for KYC purposes and making reports on them.

How would you describe your overall experience with the Gateway programme and subsequently with Gatehouse Bank?

The whole programme was very good as it allowed me to understand and get a feel for the role I may be doing, as well as seeing whether there are any roles that may be more suited for me.

What advice would you give to those considering an apprenticeship, possibly also in ethical finance?

Get a background understanding on what areas you may be entering, as well as how Islamic finance works and how it operates differently to conventional finance.

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