Business-minded Ben aiming for career in accountancy
A talented Business Administration apprentice from Gloucestershire College is on the road to rewarding career in accounting.
20-year-old Ben Jones is currently studying for his Level 2 Intermediate Business and Administration Apprenticeship, whilst working as a Trainee Accountant for Brothertons Accountants in Gloucester.
The former Sir Thomas Rich’s School pupil has been committed to his programme of learning from the start, and has not only improved his confidence and business skills, but his people skills too. He continues to do well in his BTEC exams and will complete his one-year apprenticeship in the quickest time possible, with his employer reporting that he is now able to do most tasks without supervision and to a high standard.
After a spell of working in retail, Ben decided to undertake an apprenticeship with Gloucestershire College because of its size and excellent resources. His particular apprenticeship comprises three main elements: technical, competency-based and skills. Once complete, Ben will gain a Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration, the QCF Level 2 Certificate in Business and Administration and Level 1 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT – giving him a great foundation to progress on to an accounting qualification.
Since starting his apprenticeship with Brothertons, Ben has been providing administrative and receptionist services to the business and its customers, alongside office management and maintenance services.
He said: “The best thing about my apprenticeship is the people I work with. We all get along so well and have common interests, so it makes a positive environment to work in.
“My apprenticeship has provided me with an academic platform to advance to the next step in completing my qualifications, and also got my foot in the door of a good, local company. Once I’ve completed my apprenticeship, I would like study AAT and ACCA to become a qualified accountant.
“I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other young people. You gain qualifications and experience, whilst being paid, which provides the biggest platform possible for a successful career.”
Ron Brotherton, the Managing Director of Brothertons Accountants, said that his initial reason for taking on Ben as an apprentice was to receive the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE), but he is certainly glad he did.
“Ben has constantly accepted more responsibilities throughout the year and can undertake tasks such as completing Excel spreadsheets, before we invoice our clients for work done.
“One of the main benefits we enjoyed throughout the process was not being faced with losing lots of time interviewing a number of candidates, who would then normally be employed by a training agency for the first year.
“I think people tend to underestimate how much knowledge a young person can take in if they are trained properly. In this day and age of technology, there are software programs for numerous tasks, which I have found that younger people, like Ben, are not afraid to use.”
The Gloucestershire College Business Hub advertises all live apprenticeship vacancies online. Visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeshipvacancies to search and apply online, or call 01452 563400 for more information.