Tom Williams has recently completed his higher apprenticeship in AAT accountancy and business skills with Afford Bond, chartered accountants and business advisers.
During his time with Damar, Tom has progressed through the ranks, from an intermediate apprenticeship at 19 following through with his advanced and higher apprenticeships.
On completing his apprenticeships, Tom says:
“I’m so glad I enrolled on an apprenticeship with Damar as this has been a platform to develop useful skills. As part of the business skills component of my qualification, I was tasked with creating and delivering a presentation to my class which was something I was very nervous about. I’m not a fan of public speaking but luckily there was nothing to worry about. My tutors taught me some great presentation techniques and I managed to pass first time”
“There’s a clear sense of direction through all the apprenticeships. You’re exposed to different accountancy skills at each level and, as a result, are given more and more responsibilities. As an accounts apprentice, there’s no pressure of deadlines and I was able to learn at my own pace. Putting your skills into practice means you can immediately see the results of your work. You don’t just wrap up a unit and forget everything you learnt”
“I’ve become a different person. I was very quiet at school but all the tutors really put me at ease and supported me throughout. Interacting with a wide variety of people in my role and studies has helped me overcome my shyness. I’ve also developed confidence in my accountancy skills and plan on taking my ACCA exams to become a chartered accountant”.