Foundation Apprenticeships CASE STUDY: MONISHA SANDHU

After hearing about Foundation Apprenticeships from her school's guidance teacher, Monisha, a pupil from Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire, decided to enrol on a new Foundation Apprenticeship in financial services. She learned about the sector during weekly classes at City of Glasgow College and on weekly placements with the stockbroking arm of Barclays.

As soon as my guidance teacher mentioned 'financial services' I instantly thought of maths and thought 'nope'. But it's not really about maths, it's much more interesting! My favourite part about going to college is the friends that I've made from different schools, which was a new and fun experience for me."

Monisha recently completed her Foundation Apprenticeship and believes that the time she spent at college and in the workplace will give her a competitive advantage in a career in the financial services sector. Monisha added "I honestly couldn't have asked for a better opportunity - the experience I'm getting at such a young age will be very advantageous when I apply for jobs in the future."

"I spent a lot of time with Barclays Stockbrokers in Glasgow city centre. On my first day I was so nervous - I was the youngest person on the course and I wasn't really sure what to expect. But I loved it - the staff treated us like adults and just another member of the team. I've learned so much about life on the trading floor of a busy stockbroker and I definitely want to pursue this career when I leave school."
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