ABERDEEN Asset Management is launching a pilot apprenticeship scheme for school leavers from two Aberdeen schools who want to enter the world of work straight from the classroom rather than continuing into higher or further education.
Once the preserve of school leavers seeking ‘on the job training’ and experience in a manual trade, apprenticeships are now a growing option for school leavers considering a career in technical or business disciplines.
Initially, the apprenticeships will be open to pupils at both Harlaw and St Machar Academies in the city, where the company has been running employability workshops.
Aberdeen Asset Management, with its 30 offices in 23 countries, aims to attract curious, bright and hardworking school leavers.
Two-year apprenticeships are being offered to highly motivated individuals who want to pursue a career in either a business or technology discipline in the Aberdeen Asset Management operations division.
The apprenticeship scheme is a pilot scheme running in the Aberdeen office; however, if successful the company hope to open the scheme up to a wider community across the group.
Potential apprentices can indicate an interest in investment operations, investor services, IT, facilities management, performance or web application.
The apprenticeship scheme is the latest career development initiative from Aberdeen Asset Management, which has a strong track record in seeking out and nurturing young talent.
The firm also already provides opportunities for paid internships and runs a much sought after graduate programme.
Kerry Christie, global head of human resources at Aberdeen Asset Management, explains: “The apprenticeship programme is designed for talented individuals who want to get straight into the world of work as an alternative to university or college.
“We look for people who are curious, bright and hard-working who can develop, in time and with training, to make high-level contributions within the group.
“Our apprentices work within our operations department, focusing on either business or technology. During their apprenticeships, as with our graduate scheme, they are rotated around the operations areas of the business and experience working in a number of areas including investment operations, web applications, IT and facilities management.
“We aim to give the apprentices a well-rounded view of the asset management industry and its related functions.
“The programme gives apprentices the opportunity to maximise their experiences within the company, whilst enhancing their skills and knowledge.”
Kerry continues: “It is important to us that, even though we are a global investment organisation, that we provide support to the young Scots within our local community and provide them with valuable advice and opportunities for when they make their way out in the world of work.
More about the Aberdeen Asset Management operation apprenticeship programme can be found at www.aberdeen-asset.com/graduate.
Kerry Christie, global head of human resources at Aberdeen Asset Management
Notes to editors:
Aberdeen Asset Management is an independently operated company, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1991 and is currently a FTSE-100 company with a market cap of £2.7 billion.
The group has 30 offices located in 23 countries around the globe with its main investment management centres in Edinburgh, London, Philadelphia, Singapore and Sydney.
Key clients include leading national and corporate pension funds, central banks and other financial institutions.
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