A Bury College student is literally in the money having successfully completed a Business Administration apprenticeship with a financial services company.
Morgan Payne followed ‘A’ levels with a Sports & Exercise Science degree, but soon realised that earning and learning was a better route for him.
An opportunity at Logic Wealth Planning in Heywood, coupled with academic support from Bury College, was too good to miss.
Morgan has now secured a permanent position at the company and is making plans for the future.
He said: “I wasn’t 100% sure what career path to follow, but I liked the idea of learning about investments and earning a wage.
“Alongside qualified financial advisers I learned a lot. It was interesting work, varied and always challenging. There’s a lot more to it than most people think.
“I was set assignments and some on-the-job tasks. My tutor from college would visit the company to review my progress. The year went really quickly.
“Completing my Independent Financial Adviser exams is now my priority, and then building up a client base of my own. It’s definitely an industry with an exciting future.”
Yianni Theodorou, Logic Wealth Planning director, believes that apprenticeships can benefit organisations in every industry.
He said: “The traditional image of an apprentice is working in manufacturing, but that mindset has changed in recent years.
“There is a recognised skills gap in the financial services sector. The same is true of technical and IT-related roles.
“We believe in a personal approach to investments, but we must have the right people in place to understand the complexities of financial products and also have the right skills to give customers the best possible advice.
“Morgan has exceeded expectations, and bringing new people into the business through the apprenticeship route is something we will certainly embrace in the future.”
Victoria Howell, from Bury College Communications Department, said: “Apprenticeship programmes provide students with a direct insight into the industry they would like to progress their career in.
“By gaining the experience and knowledge that is required by employers, individuals are improving their career prospects and gaining essential employability skills.
“Apprenticeship units can be tailored to the business to meet the individual needs of companies. By combining vital work experience with an industry recognised qualification, individuals are in the position to progress directly onto the career path of their choice.
“Morgan has been a fantastic apprentice who has exceeded expectations and has consistently produced an excellent standard of work. He is a brilliant example of how apprenticeships can benefit young people and lead them to achieving their career ambitions.”
For further information about Bury College courses and apprenticeship opportunities visit www.burycollege.ac.uk or call 0161 280 8554.