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Business leaders of the future meet region's MPs at Parliament

02 July 2018

Apprentices from Yorkshire Building Society were given a glimpse of life in the corridors of power when they visited Parliament with two of the region’s most prominent MPs.

As part of their on-the-job training, 12 apprentices made the trip to London to understand how Parliament works and meet Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, and Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central.

Hilary Benn MP said:

I was impressed by the enthusiasm and interest of the Yorkshire Building Society apprentices, and it was a pleasure to talk to them about the work of Parliament. It is really good to see a major local business investing in apprenticeships in Leeds.

The mutual’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme spans key areas of the business including IT, Customer Services, Project Management and Cyber Security predominantly at its Leeds and Bradford main office sites.

Katie Wood, Yorkshire Building Society Apprentice, Leeds Briggate Branch, said:

It was great to meet Hilary Benn and understand more about Parliament. It was a really interesting addition to our training programme as YBS apprentices, which I know will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career.

All apprentices at Yorkshire Building Society are paid above the Living Wage and are recruited on a permanent contract, which entitles them to all of the same benefits as a non-apprentice.

The apprentices were accompanied by Nick Quin, Public Affairs Manager at Yorkshire Building Society. He said:

We want our apprentices to go on to be the future leaders of our business. As part of their training, this day was a great chance to introduce them to the wider world in which we work, and hear from two experienced local MPs.

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