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Finance Apprentice

While I work, I’m studying towards my CIMA qualification. That’s obviously something very valuable: being able to join a Chartered Accountancy body held huge appeal for me when I was looking into this apprenticeship.

At the same time, it was also brilliant that we were being offered Level 7 qualifications. I’m a graduate, so I wanted to look for something that would push me further. I think that’s part of what’s brilliant about this, that there are different apprenticeships for different levels, so that graduates are just as welcome as school leavers. You get a diverse range of people with different experiences.

There are different apprenticeships for different levels, so you get a diverse range of people with different experiences.

The other huge draw though is being part of a proper working environment at the same time; getting all the experience that comes with it. You have responsibilities; you’re working on things you can be proud of in the real world, and it makes you feel valuable as an apprentice. You know you’re a real part of the team, contributing to something worthwhile. People count on you here, and that feels good.

Everyone here’s been very friendly. If I ever need anyone, I always have someone to contact.

And even though there’s a lot of responsibility, there’s a lot of support too. Everyone here’s been very friendly. If I ever need anyone, I always have someone to contact. I’ve got my line manager; I’ve got the Head of Apprenticeships; I’ve got the head of the Reporting team where I’m based on my placement at the moment. There are plenty of people around if I need someone to talk to, and I really do appreciate that.