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Apprenticeships in the pensions industry

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we want to introduce you to some of the amazing individuals taking an apprenticeship in the pensions industry.

Since IfATE launched five years ago, there are now over 650 apprenticeships available to train people of all ages and fill skills gaps right across the economy from entry level 2 up to degree level, which is a much better reflection of the nation’s true skills needs. As well as all the traditional trades, they now train economists, nurses, aerospace engineers, countryside rangers, brewers, laboratory scientists, graphic designers and even archaeologists.

Over 80 pensions administrator apprentices started their journey in the last 12 months joining a growing pathway to a successful career.


Shiv, Level 3 Pensions administrator apprentice at Barnett Waddingham

I left school not really knowing what career I wanted to pursue.  All I knew was that I wanted a job in the finance sector and that I wanted to work in an office environment.  When I came across this job on the government website, it ticked all the boxes, so I applied, and it didn’t disappoint!  I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this role having no experience in pensions or admin for that matter, but the role pleasantly surprised me with the variety of skills I picked up from it and the challenges which came with the role.

I felt I have developed not only in a working sense however as a person too.  I have gained much more confidence and having real life responsibilities has made me grow and motivates me to keep pushing myself.  If you’re looking for a job in the finance sector which provides a clear career path and where the people around want you to succeed, this is the place for you.  Expect some challenges and a range of your skills to be tested however in a relaxed and friendly working environment.


George Level 3 Pensions administrator apprentice at Barnett Waddingham

I was attracted to an apprenticeship as I always wanted to start working straight away after I left college whilst learning new and valuable skills which will progress me into a more senior position at the company in the future. In this case, BW have got an excellent track record when dealing with new apprentices and their progress, so it was a no brainer for me to apply for their apprenticeship role as a pension administrator.

The support that BW provide to their apprentices is outstanding. In my experience, I was given lots of useful resources to help me learn quickly about the role I had taken up and they provided me with a hard-working team who have significantly helped and guided me to understand my work and to complete it in a competent manner.

If you feel like you want a secure apprenticeship, with a solid career path and excellent support and guidance, there isn’t a better company to do this than Barnett Waddingham, in my opinion.


Alice Level 3 Pension Administrator apprentice Barnett Waddingham

After a year at 6th form, I was unsure whether I wanted to begin my second year and go to university. During the summer I applied for an apprenticeship as a pensions administrator at Barnett Waddingham and haven’t looked back since. There are many avenues for growth and my career has progressed immensely in the four years of me being here. I would encourage any young person looking for a career in financial services to apply for an apprenticeship.


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