13 students from Hautlieu School will be given the chance to experience working life while studying for a practical qualification, thanks to a sponsorship scheme from RBC Wealth Management.
For the past seven years, RBC Wealth Management has sponsored students from Hautlieu to achieve the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) ‘Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment’ qualification as part of their A-levels.
Over 60 students have undertaken the CISI qualification so far and, as an added support, the students are offered a week’s work experience in RBC Wealth Management’s Offshore Securities Services (OSS) department to put the theory into practice.
Gary Evans, Director of Business and Finance at Hautlieu School said: ‘The benefit of working with RBC Wealth Management is that our students get an experience that can not be replicated in the classroom. Whilst we as teachers can deliver the academic material, there is no substitute for putting this into practice. The combination of theory and real life experience is something that is unique to this programme.’
The course has become very popular among Hautlieu students, with stiff competition for the limited places available. In response, RBC Wealth Management has doubled its intake in order to make sure as many students as possible can gain the invaluable hands-on experience of working life combined with structured studying.
Helen Romeril, Securities Development Manager in OSS at RBC Wealth Management said: ‘We really immerse the students in working life; we offer them ‘lunch and learn’ sessions on some quite technical areas, as well as providing a basic knowledge of common industry practices and the terminology we use. We also run a short CV workshop – the overall experience is a useful addition to the students’ résumés, with the qualification counting towards their all important UCAS points.’
RBC Wealth Management has been running the scheme since 2006, and each year offers the top student a three-week paid summer placement. This may then lead to a permanent position being offered – seven former students are currently employed by the company.