We're excited to see our client Gatehouse Bank welcome their first apprentices this week, with six smart school-leavers recruited from Gateway, Visionpath's bespoke apprenticeship programme with the bank.

We developed Gateway with Gatehouse Bank - a Shariah-compliant challenger bank - to open up a world of opportunities in ethical finance for A-level students from diverse backgrounds in the bank's communities.

The new arrivals join Gatehouse Bank following a recruitment process delivered by Visionpath that comprised Engagement sessions in schools in and around London; Assessments to help students build their understanding of the bank and their Shariah-compliant model; and one-to-one mentoring by Gatehouse Bank staff to help apprentice candidates gain a greater understanding of career opportunities in Banking and find their ideal pathway.

The apprenticeships will last up to 18 months with the six apprentices joining various departments across the Bank, including Treasury, Risk, Specialist Finance and Marketing & Communications.

Patrick Philpott, Founder of Visionpath, said:

“Our aim with the Gateway programme was to recruit smart A level students from a range of backgrounds into Gatehouse Bank’s brand-new apprenticeship roles.  This vision has been realised with six smart, ambitious A level students joining the Bank, embarking on exciting careers in a fast-growing business that’s pioneering a different approach to banking.  Through hard work and dedication, all of the apprentices have a bright future ahead.  We’re immensely proud of their achievements and wish them the best of luck in their new careers.”

Apprentice, Harry Oliver, who is joining the Bank’s Specialist Finance team, said:

“I feel really excited about starting my apprenticeship with Gatehouse Bank, because during my mentoring sessions the people that I met with were really easy to talk to, and it seemed like a good place to work. Also the job role itself links strongly to my personality and I feel that I would be able to express myself well in this role. I have now had a lot of time off after finishing my A levels, and I feel that I am now ready for full time work and I can't wait to start.”

Sharron Harvey, Head of HR at Gatehouse Bank, said:

“We’re extremely pleased to launch the Gateway apprenticeship scheme and welcome our first intake of apprentices. The scheme has been specifically designed to support young people wishing to take the first step in their professional career path, with a view to fulfilling their early ambitions and aspirations in Financial Services.  We believe the development of young people within a structured environment which provides live job experience combined with structured learning will mean we contribute to the development of our community and hopefully the apprentices can go on to become the next generation of leaders within UK financial services.    

We'll be following the progress of all the apprentices over the coming weeks, showcasing their stories and how they're developing their careers with an employer that's pioneering a different way of banking.

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