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National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Q&A with Evie

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. We highly recommend apprenticeships for not only young people but the benefits they bring to a business. Victoria Cooper, Principal Accountant at Red Shoes Accounting explains why: 

"Red Shoes Accounting has hired many apprentices over the years (seven to be precise!) and not only have I relished training and mentoring young people in their first steps on the career ladder it does give the firm a productivity boost and enables senior members of the team to develop and progress forward too.

Taking on an apprentice brings a new and fresh perspective to the business and helps to re-energise the existing team with new ideas and skills."

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week we are putting the spotlight on our newest apprentice, Evie for her thoughts on apprenticeships:

Why did you decide on accountancy for a career?

I have always enjoyed working with numbers and, when taking business as a GCSE, the finance side really stood out to me. I knew that was the career I wanted to start as I just seemed to click with it and enjoy it at the same time.

What daily tasks do you get up to?

Mainly bookkeeping, I add invoices to Xero and QuickBooks, do bank reconciliations, type up bank statements onto Excel sheets, create bound accounts and help with filing and scanning.

How are you getting along with your apprenticeship qualifications?

Really well. I have recently completed my level 2 topics and have just started my level 3 I am really enjoying it. Currently I am learning about indirect tax, which is really interesting to me seeing how it all works and things start to make sense. I can see connections in what I am learning with the tasks I do at work.

What benefits do you think there are to completing an apprenticeship, instead of going to university?

I can put what I learn into practice by being able to learn about something, then come into work and do it for myself in a real life scenario. It prepares me much more for the exams as I am doing it in my day to day life. With University I wouldn’t be gaining all this experience and I wouldn’t be able to see the connections between what I learn and how it is actually used in real life.

What’s your favourite part about working with Red Shoes Accounting?

I am not afraid to ask for help because everyone knows each other and the team is really approachable. Whenever I am unsure of anything I feel like I can ask anyone for help - whether it is to explain something I didn’t understand at college, or some help with a task at work. There’s always someone willing to help me.

What is your proudest achievement so far?

I don’t have one achieve that stands out, but I am proud of myself for passing both my exams first time as it meant that I could then focus on the next course coming up and stay on track with the course and not fall behind.

Where do you plan to be in your career in 5 years’ time?

In five years, time I hope to have achieved my Level 7 or at least be working towards it. I want to push myself as much as I can to do my best and go as far as I can.

What is the best bit of advice you have been given?

Don’t give up. Just because something is hard you shouldn’t just give up, take 5 minutes and come back to it and try again you won’t get everything first time and that’s okay.