Initially, I was on an accounts team at United Solicitors with no qualifications. My employer looked into further qualifications for me as I wished to enhance my knowledge and progress my career.

Accounting and finance apprentice | United Solicitors

Jess Ruthven works for United Solicitors in Levenshulme where she carries out book-keeping duties. She has just completed her advanced apprenticeship in accounting and finance, which includes the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting. She found the examinations particularly difficult at first, but has shown dedication and ability since the turn of the year to achieve success in her apprenticeship, passing four exams in three months.

Learn more about Jess and her apprenticeship in our exclusive interview.

What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?

Initially, I was on an accounts team at United Solicitors with no qualifications. My employer looked into further qualifications for me as I wished to enhance my knowledge and progress my career.

What does your role as an apprentice entail?

My role entails duties such as banking cheques, issuing cheques and reconciling accounts.

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

I have enjoyed learning new things during my classes at Damar, meeting new people and working with the amazing tutors!

What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?

Finishing my apprenticeship. It was very challenging but definitely worth it!

Have you got any advice for those who are currently completing an accounts apprenticeship?

My advice is to turn up to college, listen to what the trainers are telling you and don’t just mess about. They want what’s best for you. Believe me, they actually do. You should also remember that studying makes a big difference. If you have a problem, tell the trainers or any member of staff as they will all support you!

Steve Ainsworth, Jess’ trainer, says:

“I am very pleased that Jess has won Damar Student of the Month. We created a plan of action in January regarding the remaining exams which she needed to complete by the end of March. She agreed and stuck to this plan, although this took her out of her comfort zone and required a huge amount of commitment. Within the plan, we used alternative resources that had been created specifically for Jess, who jumped at the chance to try these, rather than shrinking away from them. This meant she managed to pass each of these exams before our deadline!”

Jess’ supervisors at United Solicitors comment:

“Jess struggled with her exams and was upset every time she didn’t pass. Once we formed a plan, things fell right into place”

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