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Steve Webb to work as Hargreaves Lansdown apprentice

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Pensions minister Steve Webb is to swap his ministerial role tomorrow to become an apprentice at Hargreaves Lansdown for the day.

Webb, who is promoting the take-up of apprenticeships, will work with the pensions help desk and learn more about the issues that members of the public raise with financial experts.

He will also join the firm on visits to local employers to see presentations to workers about pensions issues.

Webb says: “Along with other Liberal Democrat MPs, I am working to promote the take-up of apprenticeships by local firms.

I plan to advertise for an apprentice to work in my own office later in the year, and I’m most grateful to Hargreaves Lansdown for giving me the opportunity to be on the receiving end of a day of workplace-based training.

The majority of firms who take on apprentices are so pleased with them that they give them a permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship, which is good news for business and for the apprentices themselves.”

Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Ian Gorham says: “It is typical of Steve’s commitment to his role as pensions minister that he has taken this opportunity to further his experience at the coal-face of the pensions industry.

It is no coincidence that three members of our current board of directors started their careers working on our helpdesk. Steve is probably the most over-qualified apprentice we’ve ever had though.”


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There are 11 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. It is a nice thought that young steve might be able to get his pension knowledge up to the level of an apprentice.

  2. Assuming he will not be trading salaries for the day, I would suggest he is not only the most over-qualified but the most over paid.

  3. Well its a small step,pity our regulators do not see fit to engage with IFA’s in the same way to see how they have to operate day to day, instead of passing stupid, ill thought through ,general comments about post RDR charging!

  4. Lindsay Lockett 29th July 2013 at 2:42 pm

    OK, so can everyone call HL tomorrow and ask the pensions help desk for advice on establishing an AE scheme !!

    If he tried to work for me I wouldn’t trust him to make the tea.

  5. man on the moon 29th July 2013 at 2:44 pm

    PR PR PR – for all concerned

  6. Steve Webb has really impressed me with his technical knowledge of pensions (for a pension Minister – not a pension technician) and his vision for the future (even if I do not agree with all of the vision). He is a man with with a purpose and if he learns something from his time on “the coal face” all the better. Good luck Steve.

  7. Perhaps he could be put to work in the commission reconciliation department, that way he could see how lucrative it is to NOT provide personal financial advice.

  8. HL Client “I need some AE advice”
    Apprentice SW “No That will not be necessary,you can do that by yourself, no advice needed”
    HL “Steve Webb
    You’re Fired”

  9. @paulb – The FSA/FCA do; they send supervisors to firms for 3 day placements every year. Maybe you should volunteer your firm and ask them about thier stupid, ill thought comments.

  10. what you have to do is go am volunteer your firm and ask them about it

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