Name: Andy Richards
School: Churchdown Sixth Form
Company: Berkeley Hamilton LLP
Current job role: Finance Director at SW&L
"I started as a Junior accountant/finance assistant apprentice. I reported to a part qualified accountant who helped me with understanding the work and ensuring I understood the company culture. I quickly moved from a junior to a more senior role and was given more responsibility. In our firm we have apprentices at all different levels and stages on their apprenticeship journey.
I had a mentor who helped me with all my queries and a Training Coordinator who visited me regularly to ensure I was on track with my work as well as ensuring my Employer was providing me with plenty of opportunities to meet the needs of my course. I have been able to progress in my sector because of what I learned in my apprenticeship and I am now a Finance Director.
My top tips when applying for an apprenticeship:
At interview show some commitment and a real desire to want to work! You need to demonstrate some practical skills."