• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • Consultancy work, working on behalf of large firms to assist with their demands. I am specializing in AML which involves conducting high risk reviews of high risk clients that possible a possible financial risk to the client. I look to mitigate these risks wherever possible through reviewing transactions and carrying out due diligence.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Yes I have learnt a range of new skills. Specifically AML skills, I started the apprenticeship with no background to Anti money laundering and now i have a great wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic I am confident in mitigating risks now and can comfortably understand the risk level to the client


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I enjoy the programme to a great extent. The blend of on the job training and off the job training is a great method of learning as i can put into practice my academic based skills. I also heavily rely on my work-based development during university studies and assignments so the two are blended


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • It is very well organized. I get 20% of my time across the year designated to to studying. During term time one day a week must be allocated to university attendance. However the remaining days outside of term time can be allocated throughout the year and around assignment to help with completion


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • I received a lot of support. I regularly engage with a workplace mentor who helps me structure my personal development at work. They also help with any gaps i feel need to be filled in terms of achieving my university and portfolio studies. There is a great apprenticeship support network


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • I have a university coach that meets with me 3 times a year and assists with any portfolio development or any other demands that i have. University lecturers are very helpful and accessible through email therefore there is a lot of support available that i can access if i require.


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • I think it will help me in my future role more. The qualification is around management and leadership, I am not yet in such role at work therefore I cannot apply all of the learning to practice. However I know it is preparing me for future roles and some skills are transferable


  • 8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
  • Yes. There are regular social events that are funded for through the social budget. I also take part in some of the sports teams in the office such as the netball team. There are a lot of events that are regularly communicated, it is a very inclusive culture with a lot of opportunity


  • 9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • This is a great firm to work for, the experience i have gained in less than 2 years is priceless and cannot be taught in a classroom. The people are very nice to get along with and there are many social events to get involved with. This is a great step to take after Sixth form/college

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY?
  • Be yourself through the application process so that you feel comfortable if you get the job. During the application process make sure the position suits yourself. If you are not sure the industry suits you, apply for the work experience week before the apprenticeship so you can gain a better understanding


Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)

Finance & Banking

Newcastle upon Tyne

May 2022

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