Credit Suisse has recruited its first trainee through its new School Leaver Trainee programme.
Lena Lenkovska has joined the bank from Ladies College having secured admirable results in her A-levels.
She enrolled in the programme in early August, having taken the option to forego university and enter the financial services industry to "gain experience, learn the necessary skills and gain insight into life inside the bank".
The programme allows A-Level school leavers who have chosen not to attend university to gain first-hand experience working in the professional services industry. This programme will replace Credit Suisse’s previous bursary scheme for graduates and aims to take on a new school leaver each summer.
Lena will spend her two years at Credit Suisse working in various departments for up to three months to gain a high level of understanding of how the bank works and functions. Her current role includes working with the investment management team learning about client model trade implementation and control and portfolio modelling. At the end of October, Lena will move to the external asset managers team and then into various departments including front support services, operations, IT, financial accounting, treasury, compliance, risk and legal.
Glen Tonks, CEO of Credit Suisse Guernsey, said: "We are delighted to welcome Lena to the bank. This programme will enable Lena to discover her strengths as she works alongside a range of teams. She will be a great asset to us here in Guernsey and we look forward to supporting her as she fully immerses herself into the programme and working life in the financial services industry."
Lena added: "I am very happy to have been chosen for this programme and I’m looking forward to seeing how the different departments of the bank work together. So far I've enjoyed an exciting few weeks with the implementation team, everyone is very welcoming, I'm learning interesting new things every day, and the skills and experiences I will gain from this unique opportunity will undoubtedly stand me in good stead for my future."
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