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Welsh Businesses Lead The Way in Banking


Two of Wales’ reputable businesses are celebrating the success of six Principality Building Society Apprentices achieving the Higher Apprenticeship in Banking – Level 4; a first in the UK.

Newport-based Acorn, one of the UK’s leading specialist recruitment and training agencies, and Principality Building Society joined forces to create a bespoke apprenticeship programme.

The diploma was undertaken over 18 months by six Principality managers who were nominated by senior managers and the building society's HR division.

Retail banking

It enabled students to explain key legislative, regulatory and risk factors applicable to retail financial services and understand the implications and operational implementation of retail banking.

The qualification, which is accredited by the Institute of Financial Services, was undertaken by Andrew McGill, from Blackwood, Ceri Thomas, from Caerphilly, Laura Palmer, from Hereford, Carrie Ann Morris, from Oswestry, and Maria Vidler and Andrew Gay, both from Cardiff.