Courtney Ward's
Apprenticeship Journey

Here we put Babington apprentice, Courtney, in the spotlight. She's a great example of where an apprenticeship can take you!

What apprenticeship are you currently studying? 

I am currently studying for an AAT Level 3 apprenticeship qualification. 

What is your current role within the business? 

My current role, within the company at Therser UK, is as an account assistant. This consists of invoice processing relating to purchases, processing expense requests, raising sales invoices for customers, maintaining the organisation's purchase and sales ledgers, performing regular reconciliations relating to the supplier’s statements and credit card statements, maintaining control and recording employees’ holidays on the internal system, answering incoming calls and dealing with day to day queries. The data entry is consistently accurate within my role to ensure that the correct transactions are recorded in our accounts, in order to produce accurate financial information.  

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?  

I strongly believe that an apprenticeship is the best option in developing a career, as you are gaining experience from your job role, whilst completing a qualification. This increases your overall knowledge and understanding as you are always implementing aspects of the qualification into your day to day responsibilities within your organisation. Furthermore, choosing an apprenticeship enables employment to start earlier, meaning there’s potential for the individual to progress quickly in their chosen career path.  

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?  

The part that I enjoy the most about the apprenticeship is taking part in the regular lessons with the other students. This helps me to develop my skills and knowledge as I am listening to the lecturer and also gives me the opportunity to ask any questions so that I can gain a full understanding. As well as this, I also enjoy the independent reading and studying that I get to do, from the accounting books which Is provided by the lecturer. I find that I work well studying by myself, by progressing through the chapters within the book and attempting the activities.

How has this apprenticeship helped you develop already as an individual?  

I believe that this apprenticeship has helped me to develop as an individual, as it has given me a high level of skill and knowledge, which has increased my confidence greatly when performing tasks within my role at work. The knowledge that I have gained from progressing through the qualification has enabled me to offer more to the company as I am now able to take on more responsibilities. My work is also more reliable, which helps to maintain a trusting relationship with work colleagues. This helps to operate the business smoothly, decreasing the chances of errors occurring so that productivity can continue.  

Expanding on this, I have a study day every week, where I revise certain units of the qualification. Ensuring that I am making a timeslot for revision allows me to keep on top of my academic work so that my knowledge continues to increase. This is then implanted in my role at work; for example, learning about reconciliations allows me to complete these with great confidence, which overall increases the accuracy of my work.  

Would you recommend an apprenticeship?  

I would strongly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is looking to develop a career quickly. It gives you the opportunity to implement what you are studying into your job role so that you can progress through your career quicker with a higher level of knowledge and skill. This helps to create more opportunities for the individual, by gaining a qualification, which they could use to progress in the employment ladder. Furthermore, choosing this career option enables the individual to be earning at the same time as gaining a qualification; this increases independence and benefits them financially.