A chance to work


A chance to work

RBS apprentice Robertas Jurkaitis reflects on his experience of joining the bank and the difference it’s made to him.

Blog Author Image
Robertas Jurkaitis
RBS apprentice
Blog

10 May 2017

I had always dreamed of working in banking, but after struggling to get a job in the sector I was close to giving up. And then Barnardo's, a charity caring for vulnerable young people, told me about an apprenticeship scheme at RBS.

Barnardo's had helped me in the past with my CV and applying for jobs. I’d always been interested in working in finance, but hadn't been very successful in the past.

The pilot scheme was run by RBS in partnership with The Prince's Trust and Barnardo's. The charities helped identify candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds in Edinburgh to take part in a taster day.

I went along and was selected as a candidate for four days' employability training, learning skills including team building and interviewing, as well as four weeks' work experience at RBS. Then we all interviewed for a place in the apprenticeship programme. So many people were there from different backgrounds, I was nervous because I knew it would be competitive. I had a degree in a non-financial subject but I knew it was down to how we came across.

I was so excited when I got on the scheme, I couldn't wait to start working for the bank. To be honest, my whole outlook on my career has changed and I can really see my future in this sector. I'm just so happy to be here.

My apprenticeship will last 16 months, with opportunities for training throughout. I’ll also get a taste of what it's like to work in various departments, as I’ll move in to a new position every four months.

It's incredible to think I'm working but I'll also get a qualification. Being at RBS has made me feel so much more confident in my abilities. Applying for the scheme really was my last attempt at getting in to the banking sector, but now everything has changed. I hope I can stay here and continue growing my career.

RBS worked in partnership with Barnado’s and the Prince’s Trust on this pilot scheme, which aimed to give candidates who are less likely to apply or succeed through the usual recruitment process a chance to work in the bank. The pilot was a successful one and RBS is exploring the possibility of running the scheme again.

Posted In

Blog
Guest blog: Entrepreneurial dreams become a reality

At 13-years-old, Henry Patterson is one of the UK’s youngest entrepreneurs. He has already published a children’s book and co-founded a business, and will soon see his characters come to life in animation. Hear from Henry about how it all began and how Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by NatWest, helped him.

Tapping into technology

How can you make a visual tool, like an app, suitable for those who can't see? Hear from Sajid Fani, Digital Journey Manager at RBS, about how the bank developed the first ever mobile banking app to be accredited by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Latest news

Royal Bank of Scotland hosts ‘Easy Wins Live’ event

The event explored today’s ‘always on’ world and the pressure Scots face as they struggle to balance life inside and outside of work.

To win the fight against fraud and scams, it is vital to educate young people.

Primary school children in Currie, Edinburgh put on their detective hats last week to learn more about fraud and scams thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland MoneySense programme. Les Matheson, CEO of Personal Banking, tells us why it’s so important to financially educate young people.

New NatWest debit cards now accessible for all customers

New card features are being rolled out from today with all cards having a notch and raised dots.

Set Tab for lightbox