In line with our company ethos, making Everyone Better Off, we are always looking for ways to contribute to our local community so were delighted to take part in two different Work Experience opportunities.
Recently Junjie, a student of the Royal Blind School, took part in work experience placements to gain an insight into the working world. Keen to pursue a career in Finance, Junjie, spent a week at Virgin Money’s Edinburgh office. The objective was to give him an experience in many aspects of working within the bank, from analysing the customer experience, to legal and facilities departments, as well an overview of The Virgin Money Foundation and Virgin Money Giving.
The week placement saw Junjie meet with colleagues from across the business including our Research & Insights Team, Digital User Experience Team, Virgin Money Giving Team and colleagues from Risk, Legal, Brand and Facilities.
Junjie also helped to critique the accessibility of our customer surveys, providing feedback that will be used to help shape the way we construct future email surveys, meaning he will be able to understand the results of the improvements he suggested.
On his last day with us Junjie had a conference call with one of our colleagues who also has a visual impairment. This was a great opportunity to hear first-hand how Virgin Money supports the visually impaired in the workplace.
The Royal Blind School work experience co-ordinator said
The placement has been a fantastic opportunity to experience working in a sector-leading financial organisation. Our work experience programme plays a key role in how the pupils prepare for the transition to adulthood.”
We also took part in the Financial Foundation Apprenticeship program which is 4 week programme run through the Edinburgh College. This is a brand new four week programme which aims to give students an overall insight into banking. Also situated in our St Andrews Square Office, they spent time with Risk, Legal, Human Resources, Customer Experience and with the Lounge team using the connections to help form their end of placement presentation.
One of the students said about their time at Virgin Money
I originally thought working in a bank would be like the Wolf of Wall Street but I was really surprised how friendly and pleasant everyone was.
We’re glad we surprised you in the right way.