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Calderdale College launches the first of its kind apprentice scheme with the Halifax

22nd November 2011

Calderdale College and the Halifax have embarked on a 12-month apprenticeship partnership which is the first of its kind in any retail bank in the UK. The new apprentices are all aged between 16 and 19 years old and are the youngest people to ever join the team at Halifax.

Six young and eager customer adviser apprentices are undertaking a programme of practical, on-the-job learning combined with in-class theory at Calderdale College. This arrangement enables the apprentices to earn while they learn, provides them with a great incentive to progress and succeed and will allow them to immediately practise what they are learning in the classroom.
While in the branch, the apprentices gain important work skills and hands-on experience. Calderdale College then enables them to back up their newly acquired knowledge by studying towards a City & Guilds Level 2 National Vocational Qualification in Retail Financial Services and an EDEXCEL BTEC Certificate in Customer Service.

The apprentices are based on the frontline of customer service in busy branch teams in Huddersfield, Halifax, Rochdale, Barnsley and Bradford. The qualifications and experience they will gain through their apprenticeship should lay strong foundations for a long and successful finance career.

Chris Jones, Principal, Calderdale College added:
“The new apprenticeship scheme with Halifax shows the high regard that business places on work-based learning. Calderdale College works with over 750 businesses from multi-national business to SMEs delivering training solutions at a local level.

Halifax has demonstrated considerable confidence in the College and commitment to its apprentices by developing this innovative apprenticeship partnership. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Halifax and wish all the new apprentices’ success in their chosen careers.”

David Nicholson, Group Director, Halifax Community Bank said:
“It is a great opportunity for these aspiring young apprentices to get real hands-on experience from such an early age and will give them the tools and groundwork to build strong careers. It gives local school leavers a new way to forge a great career with Halifax.
“Having apprentices straight out of school joining the bank will give the Halifax team even greater diversity, which will mean greater innovation and fresh ideas from fresh young minds.”

The six apprentices started working in their new roles with Halifax last month. New Apprentice Mohammed Waqas commented “After finding the vacancy on the national apprenticeship service website I decided this was the opportunity I was searching for. My interview at Calderdale College was crucial in proceeding to the shortlist and throughout the entire process, I was supported immensely by my tutor who used his expertise in financial services to guide me. Now on the apprenticeship scheme I want to work to the best of my ability.”

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