5-minute briefing: National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Feb 4, 2020

Jessica Wright is Finance Apprentice here at EngineeringUK. To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020, she talks about her experience below.

Tell us about your role and what you do at EngineeringUK?

I’m a Finance Apprentice at EngineeringUK. I work alongside the finance team and support them with day to day tasks. I usually deal with expenses, process invoices and raise purchase orders.

You’ve been an apprentice at EngineeringUK for a year now – what has been some of the highlights?

My role has progressed a lot, I’ve taken on more responsibilities and more project work. I’ve also passed a few of my exams and essays.

One highlight was when I did a presentation at an all staff away day about demystifying finance. It was scary, but I’m really proud that I did it!

What has been the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge so far has been taken on more roles and getting used to balancing work life with studying.

Has anything surprised you in the year you’ve been an apprentice?

A big surprise for me was actually how much I’ve enjoyed the apprenticeship, especially in finance. I didn’t think it would be as interesting as it is. Despite the challenges it’s really fun and enjoyable!

What would you say to anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship. I think that you should only go to uni if you feel like you really have to, and I’d highly recommend looking into and exploring your options.

What’s the best thing about doing an apprenticeship?

Not being in debt! You come out on the same level as a graduate and with experience – that’s a big one.

What are your future plans?

Head of Finance! But more immediately, after I finish this apprenticeship I’ll be able to continue my studies and go on to do a Level 7 Accounting and Taxation Professional Apprenticeship here. I 100% feel like I’m on the right path and I feel very supported and guided by my colleagues and team.

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