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Apprenticeship helps young student with financial services qualifications
WHEN Marta Zalewska arrived in Glasgow from Poland in 2011, she was the only English-speaking member of her family.
She worked as a cleaner before going to school each day and, twice a week, she went to college as part of her Foundation Apprenticeship in financial services.
Foundation Apprenticeships allow students to learn the skills they need for the future and get a real taste of the world of work while still at school.
Marta, 18, wanted to take part in the programme because it offered entry-level qualifications in the world of financial services.
She said: “I got up at 5.30am to go to work, then home to change for school, where I was studying for my Highers, then on to the City of Glasgow College. It was very hard work, but I felt it was worth it.
“I don’t know why financial services has always been interesting to me but it is something I have wanted to do.”
Marta, from Maryhill, completed both the skills and knowledge components of her Foundation Apprenticeship with a work placement at Barclay’s stockbrokers, where she loved the whole experience of working in a financial services environment.
She was a finalist in the 2016 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards and featured in March’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week campaign.
And she demonstrated a true aptitude for understanding economic conditions when she came top of the class in the national Stock Market Challenge.
Marta is now studying for an HND in business at Cardonald College and has two part-time jobs.
Maxine McClintock, who worked with Marta when she was at City of Glasgow College, said: “From the very beginning of her training, Marta faced significant pressure to gain qualifications that would have an impact on her future.
“The Foundation Apprenticeship helped Marta to assess a number of different options for her future.
“Despite her work and study challenges, Marta never complained, always showed enthusiasm, an eagerness to learn, and she was a very bubbly student.
“Marta’s hard work was respected and recognised by all of the partners involved in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme as well as her peers.”