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Awards for Standard apprentice scheme

Standard Life was given two awards for its Modern Apprenticeship Programme at a ceremony last week.

The company won first prize in the large employer category and another top award for being the first company to have four employees to complete their apprenticeship in IT.

Standard is one of the biggest financial services company to adopt the scheme in which recruits are put on a work-based development programme partially funded by Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian. At the end of the programme, they get a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

Customer service general manager Derek Thomson says: “Excellent customer service continues to be of prime importance to Standard Life. We can only achieve this by continuing to invest in the training and development of our staff. It is, therefore, rewarding and satisfying to see both the company and individuals benefiting for our programme.”

Chris Smith, an ex-apprentice, says: “My programme, which specialised in developing IT systems and programmes, has opened many opportunities for possible future career paths.”

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