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Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2017)

2017

"A lot of time is invested in your initial training. I got to spend six weeks learning how to code in Java before I was placed on a team."
Graduate, London
"The initial training is for 10 weeks and is well organised and run. After this you are put on a team and are given plenty of support."
Graduate, London
"I had three months of intense training where I learned about asset finance, the Alfa Systems software, how to code in Java and how internal processes work at Alfa. This was a steep learning curve but every day went quickly because it was all so interesting and I was doing new things every day. Since the official training ended, I've been learning on the job continuously with plenty of help from the people around me."
Graduate, London
"The initial training period is an intense introduction to the worlds of asset finance and IT. The software development skills picked up during this period are a valuable foundation on which to build a career at Alfa. Although this was very difficult at first, it proved to be a very worthwhile experience."
Mid level, Los Angeles
"The initial four-week crash course in asset finance, Java and Alfa that all graduates and experienced hires go through was tough due to the sheer volume of information you need to consume. However, it was also extremely fun and a great way to bond with your colleagues. There are standard training courses that you will attend such as accounting, which is very helpful but, unless you are enthused by balance sheets, not the most exciting."
Graduate, Los Angeles, California
"The initial four weeks at Alfa teach new joiners the foundations of Alfa and asset finance as well as giving them an introduction to Java. The next six weeks are then dedicated to further Java training. In the first few months, new joiners also attend a course run by the finance and leasing association."
Graduate, London
"A lot of paid time is dedicated to training, especially at the beginning of the employment, but even throughout one's career there are many opportunities to expand one's knowledge even further."
Graduate, London
"There's initial training in Java and coding at the company that's very good at getting an entirely inexperienced set of graduates up to speed. I think people could benefit from more technical training in later years."
Graduate, London
"Alfa is very willing to train you. They run internal courses for more technical skills as well as allow you to attend external courses."
Consulting, Graduate, London

2015

"I have received a lot of training, both internally and externally, and it has all been very useful and relevant to my role."
Junior Consultant, London
"Training is provided on a wide range of topics covering finance, technology and consultancy. Training time is significant, and continuous, and I have often found it enjoyable and useful."
Consultant, London
"There is an induction, but I feel that most of the useful training which followed this came after the induction and I gained it on the job. Sometimes I've had training courses for things that I personally have never needed, but at other times I've had to teach myself things which might have been more useful to learn in training."
Consultant, London
"Your training schedule is well defined and consistently planned in your first three years. If you feel that you need additional training, Alfa are more than happy for you to take it."
Consultant, Auckland
"Some of the training is directly relevant to the role you do, and it is good to take a step back and learn topics thoroughly. Other training areas are not relevant to some roles but are to others."
Consultant, London

2014

"When starting as a graduate you are given a vast, broad range of training. This certainly allows you to begin understanding what areas you like. Formal training stops after two years but you will always continue to learn new things and everyone has a training budget of five days each year."
Entry level, London
"For the first two years, there is a standard curriculum of courses which all new joiners take, including some external courses, to give you all the training required. After this, you can request training for specific items as your career develops."
Midlevel, London
"Training in house is excellent, the tutors are very knowledgeable. We are given lots of opportunities to improve our skills in technical and industry areas. We also go to external courses too which is a nice change, and everyone in the company receives training equally."
Graduate, London
"There's formal training at Alfa that all employees will be enrolled on. The courses I've been on so far are Basic Asset Finance for three days, and I have a Basic Accountancy course coming up in a few weeks. The training continues as you progress."
Graduate, London
"The training program lasts about two years and includes business, finance and technical training courses, but most of the learning is done on-the-job, working on a project with colleagues and managers giving lots of advice and informal training. There is a constant learning culture in Alfa, so we are all learning from each other all the time."
Midlevel, London
"Informal training is very good. Lots of experienced people to learn from in your team. Formal training is probably not as strong as some larger companies. Sometimes feels quite last minute. At times as a trainee, it feels like giving training is a burden on the trainers time. There is a stronger focus on learning on-the-job and self-learning. Teaches you important skills in both technology and finance."
Graduate, London

2013

"You're given the tools you need for the job, but you're relied upon to be able to learn quickly."
Graduate, London
"There is consistent training throughout Alfa employee's careers, both internal training (led by colleagues) and external training (relevant to our industry). It's very valuable for the work we do although the length of time in days allowed for a training course sometimes feels a little short."
Graduate, London
"New joiners start with four-weeks of intensive training. Then there is a core training that is scheduled through out the first two years."
Graduate, London
"Informal, on-the-job training is excellent. Formal training is regular and in-depth in the first two years, and then tapers off."
Midlevel, London
"Internal/external training courses seem to arrive at the right time and are pitched at the right level. Courses can be requested from HR if necessary."
Entry level, London
"Initial training gave me the basic skills and knowledge I needed to start on a project; from there, I have been learning on-the-job at a very accelerated pace, and have been given a lot of responsibility and client contact."
Graduate, London
"The first five weeks as a consultant at Alfa are spent training. You learn and practise lots of new skills that are required. There is then a programme of training courses that you regularly attend to develop new skills and build on those you have already learned. Day to day, I find there is lots of support available from colleagues and always something new to be learned."
Graduate, London
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