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National Apprenticeship Week: Interview with Accounts Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week: Interview with Accounts Apprentice

Ellie Deegan: Accounts Apprenticeship

Why did you choose an accounts apprenticeship?

I chose an accounts apprenticeship because I felt like it was a really good opportunity to gain a qualification whilst doing the job. This means that I can see the processes that I learn about in practice, ultimately making it easier to understand.

What’s your favourite part about the apprenticeship so far?

My favourite part of the apprenticeship so far would be passing my first end of unit exam.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

A typical day in the office would start at 8:30am and one of the first things to do would be to look at the mailboxes, this is where we would find any purchase orders, invoices etc.

These would then be dealt with them accordingly. I would then speak with my colleagues to see if there’s anything that they would like me to complete. At about 12:30 I take my lunch.

After that I carry on with anything that needs completing/ attending to until 5:00, which is when we all go home.

 What does a typical day at college look like for you?

A typical day at college would mean a 9:30 start, attend college until 12:30. Whilst at college we will work through chapters from our textbook (these vary depending on what unit we’re completing). Sometimes we will do practice assessments, quizzes, etc

What tasks do you complete on a day-today basis?

Tasks that are completed on a day-to-day basis would be, creating purchase orders, Processing any invoices, we receive, completing requisitions. We would also look at completing a payment run for the 5th/15th/25th of every month.

What’s your favourite part about working with Remark Group?

My favourite part about working at Remark Group would be how welcoming and friendly everyone is.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve been given?

The best bit of advice I’ve been given would be to not be afraid to ask for help.

What advice would you give to those thinking about starting an accounts apprenticeship?

I would say that it’s a really good opportunity, because you possibly gain more knowledge and understanding on an apprenticeship than you would if you were to complete an accounting qualification by itself, especially if you’re more of a visual learner because you can see the processes put into practice.

Our Accounts Lead had a few words on Ellie and how well she is doing:

"Ellie is doing amazing in her studies and her work tasks at Remark. Any task you give Ellie she is willing to undertake, no matter how big or small or complex it may be, she always gives it her all.

She has passed two exams already and achieving Merits in both, this shows Ellie’s determination to achieve high. 

You can see that Ellie has gained more confidence whilst being at Remark, this shows through her work and personality. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings!"

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