Being an apprentice...

Nicholas Cunningham
Relationship Support Officer
HSBC UK

Why did you choose your organisation to do an apprenticeship?

I chose to do an apprenticeship with HSBC UK, following graduating from university, because I felt their scheme offered a chance for me to immerse myself in the world of work; gaining tangible experience in role, whilst also supplementing my knowledge with professional qualifications. My family have all had very successful careers in the financial sector and I knew HSBC UK was a leading company in this sector.  

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of my apprenticeship, as mentioned above, is that this apprenticeship scheme allows me to develop myself by offering a blend of on the job experience with a range of professional qualifications that, combined, I feel, will aid me in progressing in my career with HSBC UK. We also receive one-to-one coaching with a dedicated talent coach and mentoring from line managers who are well versed in the business sector(s) they manage. I have been on the scheme now for just over 12 months. 

Who is your all-time role model?

My mum: no words could do justice. 

What one thing have you learnt during your experience that you could pass on?

If I have the chance to pass on one thing that I have learnt iwould be to not be afraid to ask questionsTo echo the words of HSBC and our senior management “we are not an island”.  

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