A major actuary and pensions company with offices around the UK has chosen Newcastle-based B-Skill to find its first ever apprentice.
Punter Southall has more than £12bn of assets under management and more than £30bn of assets under advice but the company says it realises its most important assets are its people.
Needing total confidence in the commitment and expertise of its training delivery partner to meet its needs, the firm – which usually only recruits graduates – has turned to B-Skill.
Its first apprentice Emma Lathan joined the company’s Newcastle office fresh from finishing her A-levels.
The 18-year-old, from Riding Mill in Northumberland, is two months into a one-year Business Administration apprenticeship.
Ann-Marie Burns, from Punter Southall’s Newcastle office, said: “B-Skill takes a lot of care to ensure that the apprentice candidates are of the highest calibre and match our exact requirements.
“They make sure everything is right from the very beginning and that is precisely the high standard that Punter Southall expects from its business partnerships.
“We’re delighted with our first apprentice and will be using B-Skill in the future to provide us with candidates of the right calibre.
“It’s fair to say that Emma impressed us at her interview with her maturity and eagerness to learn so we were confident she’d fit into the team in Newcastle.
“She works as part of our support team, performing the tasks that keep the office moving – recording and distributing post – and researching new business prospects.”
B-Skill specialises in matching applicants with company culture. Its apprenticeships scheme is run with funding from the Skills Funding Agency, supported by the European Social Fund.