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Starting out in Wealth Management - Bradley makes first steps thanks to Apprenticeship

Starting out in Wealth Management - Bradley makes first steps thanks to Apprenticeship

Bradley Massey is 18 and a Pensions Administrator at FCFM Wealth Management, based in Middlesex.  He is currently studying an Apprenticeship in Providing Financial Services, at Bromley College of Further & Higher Education.

Bradley takes up the story: "After finishing school, I knew I wanted to start work as soon as possible. I had originally planned to go to university, but faced with huge tuition fees, I believed the best way to work my way up in a company would be to start as an apprentice.

"I'd heard about Apprenticeships from my friends and teachers at school, and I started applying online for vacancies within the finance sector, as it would enable me to use my
skills in maths, business and IT.

"I've been working as a Pensions Administrator apprentice at FCFM Wealth Management since April 2011. I've learnt lots of new skills, including how to deal with pressure and the constant need to work to a deadline. It's been great as I've also learnt how to improvise and be creative, and how to use my initiative a lot more, rather than simply just delivering on what I've been asked to do.

"I would like to eventually become a financial adviser, so I am looking at progression onto the Level 4 Providing Financial Advice Aapprenticeship, as I would enjoy meeting new people and new clients, using my financial expertise to provide them with an excellent service.

"An Apprenticeship is a really great way to make your first step into working life. The knowledge you gain from colleagues in the workplace around you is invaluable and it's a great alternative to university, which many people believe is still the best route to take.

"I can personally say that in the equivalent time it would take me to get a degree, I would have built up a far greater pool of knowledge than that of a university graduate. I have the benefit of earning money whilst working as an apprentice, unlike the majority of university students who are spending huge sums of money on tuition fees."

To find out more about the training provider that supports Bradley through his Apprenticeship, visit
If you are an employer who wants to know more, simply click here for the CII's guide to Apprenticeships.

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