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?
- 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.
- The responsibility I have in my role, where I have my own tasks to manage and overcome.
- 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.