"Our apprentices are building a society we can be proud of"

Release Date: 8 March 

As part of National Apprenticeship week, the region’s biggest building society is celebrating the positive impact its apprentices are having within the society.

One of the five apprentices who joined Newcastle Building Society in 2017, Megan Scott, from Crawcrook, is currently studying an accounting apprenticeship. While working towards her level 3 and 4 AAT qualification she’s gaining valuable on the job experience.

Megan’s apprenticeship is within Newcastle Strategic Solutions (NSSL) part of Newcastle Building Society group which provides outsourcing savings management services to some of the top financial names across the UK.

Before joining her current team of three in Solutions Finance Management Accounts in January, Megan spent her first few months shadowing different teams to get to know the department processes within the business.

As well as on the job experience she attends college once a week to contribute to her apprenticeship. Megan’s tasks within her current role vary, from monthly invoicing and debtor’s reports to dealing with client forecasts. The more experience she gains within the Society, the more Megan’s role will grow, something she’s looking forward to.

Megan said: “University isn’t the only option, I’m receiving that valuable hands on experience you might not get while on a student placement at university. I realised I didn’t want to go to university after I completed a summer school but always knew I wanted to work with numbers.

“You’re encouraged and supported to progress in any areas you’re interested in – I see myself finishing my apprenticeship and studying for my Chartered Accountancy qualification and developing within my department and the Society.”

Newcastle Building Society has a strong sense of its purpose, its role as a regional building society and its commitment to enabling positive change for North East communities.  

Megan added: “I’m so glad I work at Newcastle Building Society, I’m proud to say I work here as everyone seems to have the same work ethic, we’re working towards similar goals for the North East.”

Karen Anderson, HR director at Newcastle Building Society, said: “We see our role as an employer as a key commitment to the North East and our apprenticeship programme is an important piece in us giving opportunity to young people in the region

“We’re committed to continuing to grow our Society by investing in local skills and talent.

“Our apprentices are adding value to our Society and are gaining their desired qualifications at the same time. We’re working towards offering more apprenticeship programmes on an on-going basis.  We want to help more local people develop rewarding careers in the North East.”