"I initially started working at the Trust as an apprentice for our legal team, however it was always my aim to work through administration into accounting.
In January last year, a vacancy came up for an apprentice in the Finance team here at the Trust so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I went through the assessment and interview process and was fortunate enough to be given the job.
I started working in Finance at the start of May, right in the middle of year end(!). Despite how busy this time of year was, everyone was so welcoming and I quickly settled into my new role. As an apprentice I get the opportunity to work between the three finance sub teams (Rent Accounts, Accounts Payable/Receivable and Management Accounts), which has given me a huge amount of knowledge about the different areas. Examples of what I have learned to do are: Processing invoices; setting up and amending direct debits; dealing with queries from suppliers and the daily banking.
As part of the apprenticeship, I also get half day release each week to go to college and study towards my AAT level 3. This is really hard work but the results at the end will be well worth it and I’m looking forward to completing my course with an AAT qualification. I also have an assessor who comes into work every 8 weeks, and she sets me tasks that bring together my college qualification and the work I do here, such as preparing for a recorded discussion.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here as an apprentice. It has boosted my confidence, increased my knowledge and experience, and allowed me to make really good friends.
I initially decided to do an apprenticeship when I left university after the first year having decided I wasn’t getting the most out of my course. I came home and was given advice by a careers advisor who opened my eyes to more options, one of these being an apprenticeship. It is ideal for people who want to gain a qualification and are keen to get into work and I would recommend doing it to anybody. Not only do you gain a qualification, but you also gain experience in the workplace which is really valued by employers.
Some advice for anyone looking to get into an apprenticeship would be to make the most of every opportunity given to you and get as much experience as you can. This will not only allow you to boost your CV, but you will meet more people and feel a bigger asset to the company you work for.""