Apprenticeship places created in Southend

A new apprenticeship scheme to help young people take their first steps on the career ladder is being launched in Southend.

NatWest Group has joined forces with social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB) to offer 24 places at their Customer Contact Centre in the town.

The opportunities will be open to young people aged 16 – 24. The apprentices will join a two-week preparation and support boot camp, followed by work experience within the Contact Centre.

Successful candidates will be invited to join the NatWest Group apprenticeship scheme on a salary of £19,305 per annum.

The first boot camp, which starts in April, will offer a combination of pastoral support, employment skills, and personal and professional opportunities to ensure young people are confident, ready and equipped for the workplace. The new roles will begin in May.

Southend has been selected as an area where youth unemployment is an issue and the impact of COVID-19 has hit young people disproportionately.

Simon Separghan, Head of Customer Contact & Experience at NatWest Group said: “Youth unemployment is set to rocket due to COVID-19 – hitting the most vulnerable hardest. We want to unlock the ambitions of young people in potentially dire situations through our partnership with LTSB.

Welcoming the new programme, Paul Evans, CEO of LTSB said: “In the most difficult of circumstances, at a time when young people feel their futures have been stolen, partnerships like this offer hope to so many young people.”

Saima Hamid, 2020 LTSB Digital & Technology degree apprentice at NatWest Group, said: “The LTSB Bootcamp is career changing. It equips you with essential employability skills that would be required in any role as well as essential soft skills.

“ This opportunity allows you to meet professionals from several different backgrounds and roles, giving you a detailed insight of what it’s like working in a business environment.”

To find out more about the programme, visit