Top Award for Morgan Stanley Apprentice

24 Mar 2021

An apprentice from Morgan Stanley's Glasgow office scooped the Modern Apprentice of the Year - Level 5 award at the recent Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Twenty year-old Ciara Phillips was set to go to university, but after an insight week at Morgan Stanley, quickly realised a Modern Apprenticeship at the firm was the correct route to pursue. Ciara said: "I didn't ever consider doing an apprenticeship until really late on into my sixth year.

"I was fortunate enough to have got good grades and it was drummed into me that the next logical step would be university.

"But an employability teacher at school showed me a pamphlet for Morgan Stanley's High School intake week and I found out about their apprenticeship programme through that.

"The opportunity to earn money while learning in a more practical environment really appealed to me.

"I decided to decline the university offers in order to become a finance apprentice at Morgan Stanley and it has proven to be the right decision for me."

Since starting her Modern Apprenticeship, Ciara has passed her accountancy exams with flying colours, works on complex tasks for The Bank of England and has excelled at transitioning to remote working during the pandemic.