National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Adam Costello

Adam Costello joined the Career Ready STEM programme in 2012 after recommendations from his ICT teacher and other pupils at Poynton High School who had benefited from the experiences they had. Having always thought university was the only route into a career after A-Levels, Adam got a taste of the world of work through an internship at Barclays. His experience there, along with visits to companies such as e-skills, opened his eyes to other options and Adam is now working as a Management Information apprentice with Barclays.

Adam met a wide variety of people through company visits and a four week internship at Barclays, during which he participated in team exercises and creative challenges such as designing a new mobile app. These activities improved Adam’s confidence and his abilities to present and communicate with different people. “Having the opportunity to complete a four week internship at Barclays put me in situations that were outside of my comfort zone, and as a result I would definitely say I have developed greater confidence in myself.”

During his internship, Adam was entrusted with a number of different responsibilities, one of which was facilitating networking within the team by interviewing employees in his department and compiling individual profiles. Adam said of his experience: “I was required to set up meetings with some fairly senior employees and run Q&A sessions which helped to improve my communication skills.”

Helping Adam prepare for finding work was mentor Gary, who advised Adam on CV writing techniques and practiced mock interviews with him. As a Delivery Manager for Barclays, Gary was also able to show Adam around his workplace and introduce him to colleagues whom he would be working with on his internship, giving Adam a head start. Gary went on to offer invaluable support with Adam’s application to become an apprentice at Barclays.

Currently in the first year of his apprenticeship, Adam is part of the Management Information team, matching his interest in IT. “My job role consists of reporting, analysing data and identifying trends in order to help with decision making.” He was initially unsure about what he wanted to do after completing his A-Levels when two apprentices who worked alongside Adam during his internship introduced him to Barclays’s apprenticeship scheme. “I decided to apply as I was excited about working for a multinational company where I was confident I would thrive. Earning whilst learning was another key motivator for me.

“Career Ready was the biggest influence in my decision to undertake an apprenticeship over going to university as I was able to gain real insight into the world of work by completing a four week internship at Barclays. This widened my network of contacts and introduced me to other ways of kick-starting my career.”