Senior accounting officer
What apprenticeship did you undertake and when?
I completed the Level 3 and 4 Accounting apprenticeship between September 2013 and August 2015 (one year per apprenticeship programme).
What are the best things about being apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship routes gives individuals the opportunity to gain valuable skills both academically and practical skills which can be used to help the individual develop within the workplace. The apprenticeship route allows students to practice these skills on a daily basis within the workplace whilst still having the opportunity to earn whilst they learn.
What did your apprenticeship involve?
My apprenticeship involved me attending my local college once a week to learn the aspects of the AAT accounting qualification which can be used regularly within the workplace. This involved me taking regular exams and completing the apprenticeship framework through the apprenticeship workbook.
What are you doing now?
I am now studying my first year of CIMA Qualifications which is the next level of accountancy qualifications. Once I have completed all levels I will have completed my accountancy qualifications and be a full qualified accountant.
How has your apprenticeship helped you in your current role?
My apprenticeship has helped me gain a better understanding of the accountancy processes and policies and how these can be adapted in to the workplace and used within my job role. This apprenticeship has allowed me to gain confidence within myself and my job role by allowing me to use the skills I have gained through my apprenticeship scheme.
What would you say to people considering an apprenticeship?
I would highly recommended apprenticeships schemes available to anyone looking at furthering their knowledge/career. The apprenticeship routes open up a wide range of opportunities to individuals and allows you to gain both the skills needed to complete the programme but also practical experiences and knowledge of the business which will be useful for the students future. When looking at career options I would advise anyone to look at the apprenticeship options available as there are a wide range or apprenticeship programmes/careers out there available to you.
How would you describe apprenticeships in one word?