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 Specialist Finance apprentice Altan Mustafa, who has shared his apprenticeship experience so far.

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

I have learned that I enjoy being in a working environment and work well with other people. I spend a lot of time communicating in person, over the phone and on emails, both internally and externally, and I have found that easier than I thought it would be.

What skills and knowledge have you developed so far?

Mostly the procedures that take place within a bank, from start to finish. My experience working in the bank has increased my knowledge of the finance industry massively, which will help me a lot in the future.

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

It's great because you are not treated as an assistant or a student during your time here, but more as an employee who actively contributes to the bank. I have been given my own workload and I am depended on just as much as I depend on my colleagues, which shows personal achievement.

What three things are you enjoying most about your role?

  1. Being able to work alongside various different teams and departments. My team in particular tends to deal with colleagues across the whole bank as well as dealing with external clients and agents.
  2. The responsibility I have in my role, where I have my own tasks to manage and overcome.
  3. That I am constantly learning, even on the job. I find myself asking questions a lot and therefore learning something new every time.

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

The Gateway programme was extremely helpful and guided me through my journey into becoming an apprentice. They understood my decision to avoid University and helped me to better my understanding of both Gatehouse Bank and apprenticeships. The Gateway programme was supportive, interactive and very informative.

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

I would strongly advise considering this apprenticeship in ethical finance as it offers the relevant qualifications, experience in financial banking (in an ethical and transparent manner) and most importantly, a paying career.

Latest News

  • Joe edit
    • Mar 11

    Getting to know...Joe Bennett

    Joe Bennett, our Talent Coordinator and newest team member, shares…

    Continue Reading
  • Gatehouse Apprentices126
    • Mar 06

    Apprentice Life - Alex Lynes, Gatehouse Bank

    We caught up with Alex to hear about his journey…

    Continue Reading
  • Gatehouse Apprentices129
    • Feb 21

    Apprentice Life - Riaz Mohamed, Gatehouse Bank

    Gatehouse Bank’s Risk & Compliance Apprentice Riaz shares his experience…

    Continue Reading
  • IMG 5915
    • Oct 31

    How mentoring can prepare you for an apprenticeship

    We caught up with Anisa, who successfully completed the Gateway…

    Continue Reading
  • Picture1 (2)
    • Oct 24

    How mentoring helped to shape my future

    We caught up with Rohan, a candidate in the Gateway…

    Continue Reading
  • Picture2
    • Oct 08

    Talkin' about a new generation

    We’re excited to reveal the findings of our year-long research…

    Continue Reading
  • Visionpath Mindshare 47
    • Sep 13

    Gatsby Benchmarks - experiencing the workplace

    Our guidance on accessing the best work experience opportunities for…

    Continue Reading
  • Visionpath Mindshare 33
    • Sep 03

    Gatsby Benchmarks – personal guidance and meeting needs

    Our advice on giving effective personal guidance and meeting the…

    Continue Reading
  • Visionpath Mindshare 34
    • Aug 29

    Gatsby Benchmarks - a stable careers plan

    Top tips and insight on creating an effective careers programme…

    Continue Reading
  • 030518PM10135
    • Aug 19

    Join us as an apprentice

    Join our team as a Marketing & Administration Assistant on…

    Continue Reading
  • Visionpath170 (1)
    • Aug 01

    Interviews: Top tips for success

    Interviews can be daunting, especially when you’ve never had one…

    Continue Reading