1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a database analyst; this involves design of and maintenance of a bank’s databases run on mainframe computer systems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Throughout the apprenticeship and my day to day role I have developed many new skills including programming languages, data modelling, writing SQL and using command line interfaces.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed each aspect of the programme, I am very glad to have taken part and been given the opportunity to complete the apprenticeship and progress into my job role.
4. How valued do you feel by HSBC?
I feel as though I am respected, treated and seen as any other member of my team. I have also been rewarded well and feel extremely positive by how the apprenticeship has progressed and how I have been treated.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
After a poor start, as this was the first time HSBC had entered into a joint apprenticeship programme it quickly turned around and worked very well from the middle to the end of the programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received as much support as I wanted and the tutor was always prepared to meet and discuss any aspects of the apprenticeship.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again my employer treated me very fairly and put my apprenticeship above all other needs in order to ensure a successful completion of the apprenticeship. Any team member was always willing to sit down and talk over or give me advice on my questions.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The pay which I receive has been very good and meets all of my needs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are constant events to take part in, involving a wide range of activities.
9. Would you recommend HSBC to a friend?
It provides a brilliant career opportunity, great pay package for my age, training and personal skill development and is a very good environment to work in.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to HSBC?
Ensure you prepare for the interviews and know what role you are applying for, as showing you have an interest in the job role and the company it is with can help put you in a strong position. But also being clear on what the job role involves is also a must as if you don't really enjoy computing and apply for an IT apprenticeship chances are you will not enjoy it.