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Joining Prudential as a Foundation Apprentice in 2016 was the first step in a career with the financial services firm for 18-year old Logan Cameron from Stirling.

Logan is now a junior Risk And Controls Analyst and has moved onto a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) with the firm.

As well as gaining technical skills, Logan says he has grown in confidence as a result of being an apprentice.

Logan Cameron FA Financial Services Prudential

Treated as part of the team

“When I joined I was extremely shy and didn’t have much confidence at the beginning,” he says.

“In my first year I moved around the company to experience different roles and find out which suited me.

"In my second year I joined Risk and Controls, which I really enjoyed.”

Added Logan: “The team members are all extremely friendly and helpful. I’m treated as part of the team and given the same responsibilities as everyone else.”

 

Led to a Modern Apprenticeship job

Logan says his proudest moment at Prudential was making a speech in front of a large audience at his Foundation Apprenticeship gradation.

He adds: “It was a real shock to be offered the Modern Apprenticeship position and I was so pleased as it showed I was being recognised for my ability.”

Logan had applied to university and been accepted but believes a Modern Apprenticeship offers a better opportunity to learn while earning.

He says: “Unlike at university, I am gaining up to date business skills and valuable experience, the company is investing hugely into my development and I get paid at the same time so I can save money.”

Transformed into a confident professional

Currently Prudential has 2000 employees in Stirling and 14 apprentices.

Maria Wilcockson, Apprenticeship Scheme Manager at Prudential, says: “Logan has made great progress. He has made an outstanding transformation from a shy, introverted person to a positive, confident, proud and competent young professional with a drive and clear career path becoming independent and career ready.

"We are very proud of everything that Logan has achieved and wish him endless success going forward.”

Ernie Romer, Forth Valley College school partnership co-ordinator, says: “When Logan started at college he was very quiet. To say that Logan came out of his shell during the Foundation Apprenticeship is an understatement. He blossomed into a wonderful young man who could look you in the eye and have a conversation with anyone.”

Foundation Apprenticeships are developed by Skills Development Scotland, in partnership with employers and funded by European Social Fund.

More information

Employers can find out how to take on a Foundation Apprentice by visiting apprenticeships.scot here

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