My name is Greg Thompson, I'm 18 and currently on a year's apprenticeship with Financial Skills Partnership. We are the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the finance sector.

In September 2010 I began my A Levels at Bexhill College; little did I know that just 2 years on I would be working in the City of London - next to J P Morgan, Schroders and opposite Commerzbank.

When studying at college, I was fortunate enough to be involved and gain a place on the Career Academy programme. The main part of this programme is to have a 6 week paid internship between your 1stand 2nd year. My internship was at Citigroup in Canary Wharf, I was based in the Corporate Affairs department, working on tasks related to Media and also the re-launch of the payroll giving scheme for Citi employees.

Following this fantastic 6 weeks I also had many other opportunities:

- I was invited back in October 2011 with another intern to feature in a promotional video about Citigroup & Career Academies UK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa9Kfx5pwJY (I know I pull some funny faces in the film!)

- In January 2012, I was selected as 1 of 14 students nationwide to represent Career Academies UK at the Social Mobility Initiative launch, hosted by Nick Clegg at Whitehall.

- In February 2012 with another Career Academy student I was asked to speak at an event about 'How can City firms access a diverse talent pipeline?' this gave me a lot of confidence to speak to and present in front of professionals from all levels.

I applied for this apprenticeship and also an apprenticeship as a Production Assistant with Channel 4. However I felt that I wanted to experience a wide range of areas first and build my knowledge rather than going straight in to 'Media'. I've been at the Financial Skills Partnership for just over 3 months now, it's been fast moving, but I can't say that I regret my decision of choosing this apprenticeship.

My blogs will be my opinions of apprenticeships and universities, people's views on these and whether youth unemployment is on the increase or decrease plus many other topics.

I hope you find my blog to be interesting! That's all from me for now.