This week, we are discussing with accountancy firm Beever and Struthers some of the success stories they have had from their apprenticeship program.
What is the biggest strength that school leavers bring?
Their energy. I like to see that they are eager and they are full of energy when starting out on a massive career path that most or us are a quarter, or half of the way through. The frustration comes with the ones that don’t come with that mindset.
Some don’t appreciate the opportunity that they have. Some of them have made a conscious decision to not go to uni, and to take that approach to getting into accounting. Some are quite shy to start with, but the assessors from KAPLAN notice the change within certain individuals over about 12 months from a confidence perspective, and the way they carry themselves. This is very positive.
Dan Pope is a great example of that, because he joined us and he had been working for his dad’s business in landscape gardening, before he decided to come here and go down the accounting route. Dan has just flown from the word go, really. He has done very very well and really applied himself. He did everything he promised us he would do at the interview, which is really nice to see.