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Wesleyan apprentices celebrate their graduation with permanent roles

Nine apprentices have earned themselves permanent jobs at Wesleyan's Birmingham head office after becoming the latest group to successfully 'graduate' from the mutual's 18 month training programme.

The apprentices are the fourth group to complete the groundbreaking scheme the specialist financial services provider runs with Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet). The course was designed to provide an alternative career route into the financial services sector.

Andrew Cleaves, Principal at BMet, said: "The way Wesleyan invests in the future of its workforce with the apprenticeship scheme and ongoing training is a great example to other employers.

"The number of its former apprentices that have moved to permanent, full time roles within the company is incredibly high, and it is great to see so many of them develop and build real careers within the financial services sector and I am proud Birmingham Metropolitan College has played a part in that."

Craig Errington, Wesleyan Chief Executive, said: "I am extremely proud of the success of our apprenticeship scheme, which was one of the first to be launched in the financial services sector. We have now had more than 50 apprentices who have started their career on the scheme.

"They have proven themselves to be talented and committed individuals who have brought energy and enthusiasm to their teams. They are a fabulous example of what young people can achieve given the right opportunities."

Ebube Abara has been working in Wesleyan's IT team and has impressed colleagues so much that he earned a place as one of the company's top performers earlier this year. He said: "What first attracted me to the apprenticeship scheme was the career opportunities that were available. I could have gone to university, but I chose this route instead and have never regretted it.

"It's been challenging, but I have been given a lot of responsibility and have learnt a lot on the job. I've been lucky to get involved in a lot of work that you might not normally expect an apprentice to do, and I am determined to build on this with the aim of becoming an analyst programmer in the coming years."

Nearly 50 apprentices have joined the Wesleyan apprenticeship scheme since 2010. After attaining NVQs in business and administration, financial services or customer service from BMet, the vast majority continue to work at Wesleyan.

Wesleyan is a mutual financial services provider working with doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers.

Wesleyan Apprentices Graduation

Wesleyan Chief Executive Craig Errington (centre right) and Andrew Cleaves, Principal at Birmingham Metropolitan College (centre left) congratulate the apprentices (from left) Ashley Colley, James Hughes, Ethan Bicknell, Sam Wilson, Jack Sharry, Leanne Galbally, Jessica Winter, Rosie Borland and Ebube Abara.

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