Joe is currently undertaking the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting. He is learning bookkeeping and accounting on the job and is also working towards the AAT Certificate in Accounting qualification.
The future is looking very bright for Joe. So far, he has exceeded all expectations and has become a valued member of the team. This level of progress has also been seen within his studies towards the AAT qualification. He has taken 2 of the 5 required exams, achieving ‘Exceeded’ in 17 of the 22 questions he has sat so far.
Here’s his story.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I left college after my first year, as I just didn’t feel it was productive enough for me. It felt like school all over again. This made me realise that I wanted to move into a higher level career and, at my age, I felt like an apprenticeship would be the springboard for me to do so. So far, I haven’t been disappointed.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
Luckily, I have moved up in my workplace very quickly so I am exposed to all kinds of things in accounting such as; VAT returns, Personal Tax returns, preparation of Company financial statements and managing the new client take on procedures.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
The thing I enjoy the most is learning about various different branches of accounting and realising that it is actually a very good path to go down.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
The personal highlight of my apprenticeship is that I have been exposed to client contact which consequently results in me receiving good feedback about my work, from my managers and also from clients. This is extremely pleasing as I’m reassured that I’m doing well and will only keep improving.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
My main advice is short, but also very important – do not follow the crowd or what your friends are doing. Always do what you personally want to do.
James Sheard, Director of The Accountancy People comments:
“Joe has been given a great opportunity to train through the apprenticeship program here in a chartered accountancy office. He has taken this opportunity with open hands and is a credit to himself, to the team and to us”.
Joe’s trainer, Stephen Ainsworth says:
“Joe has been employed by The Accountancy People for just over 6 months. He is their first apprentice and has really hit the ground running. The Accountancy People were so impressed that they brought forward their training plan by 12 months which has resulted in another apprentice hire. At just 19, Joe will be mentoring this new Apprentice which is a real achievement. He is a great example of what the apprenticeship scheme is all about and deserves recognition for the dedication and impact he has made to a small organisation in such a short space of time”.