Sam Birchenough works at Warr & Co Chartered Accountants, an accounts practice based in Stockport. He is new to accounts, but has demonstrated exceptional talent and potential during his first year as an apprentice. His work is no longer required to be checked and monitored at each level and he is set tasks that would normally be expected of more experienced members of staff, such as VAT returns and corporation tax returns for limited companies.
Sam is currently working towards his AAT Certificate in Accounting which is due to be completed in April 2016. He is a very strong student and will achieve whatever he sets his mind to.
Here is Sam’s story so far.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I wanted to continue learning and gain experience. Becoming an apprentice was appealing to me as I can be fully trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of accountancy.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
I am assigned a company to work on and am provided their documents. From this, I make up a setup of working papers for their end of year accounts and post this onto our computer system to produce a set of financial statements.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
The satisfaction of knowing I can successfully do something that a relatively short period of time ago I would have not been able to attempt.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
I feel immensely proud when I have completed a job and the client thanks me for the way I have handled their accounts.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
Research is vital. Whether you are sure of what you want to do or not, make sure to research what particular career sectors entail particularly the requirements of a role. Do not be afraid of doing a longer period of work experience to get a feel for a job.
Below are some comments from Peter Edwards, Director at Warr and Co:
“Sam joined Warr & Co Chartered Accountants in August 2015. In six months, Sam has surpassed the expectations of the directors, obtaining a solid grounding in the fundamentals of accountancy and now has the ability to prepare financial statements, VAT returns and corporation tax returns for limited companies. Sam continues to progress well with his studies and we have high hopes of him qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in the not too distant future. We are proud that Sam has achieved Student of the Month and is certainly a rising star within Warr & Co”.
Stephen Ainsworth, Sam’s Damar trainer says:
“Sam has only been a student of ours and an employee of Warr & Co since August 2015. Since then, he has passed both of his intermediate level AAT exams, achieving ‘Exceeded’ in each. The questions that he asks shows outstanding knowledge. I would expect such questions from a higher student, not somebody of his age. He is a great student and will be destined for a very successful career”.