HB&O are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and this year, we’re hearing from a couple of our apprentices as they discuss their journey with us so far.
“Prior to my journey within accountancy, I worked in the Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Technician. I realised quickly that this wasn’t going to be a long-term career for myself. I chose to begin self-studying for the AAT qualification and in August 2021 decides to leave the Royal Navy and join HB&O.
Choosing to join the apprenticeship scheme was definitely the right decision. The whole studying process is exciting, challenging and engaging. From the high-quality tuition to the detailed study resources. I have learnt so many new skills that have allowed me to thrive. The tutors have given me so much more support than I expected and I’ve also made some great friends along the way.
Whilst working in the Virtual Finance Office, the managers within HB&O have been extremely supportive with my studies. Felloe colleagues that have previously been through the process have also been generous sharing their knowledge and eager to help in anyway.
I have recently been offered the opportunity to move to another area of the business to gain extra understanding. I will be moving to the Accounts Department in April to widen both my knowledge and experience. I am sure this will considerably assist in the continuation of my apprenticeship.
For anyone considering an apprenticeship, I fully recommend it – you won’t regret it.”
“I started the apprenticeship in 2022 when I was 25, having previously been to university and working as a bookkeeper at local businesses.
I was looking for an opportunity to develop more advanced accounting skills, so an apprenticeship at HB&O was the perfect fit for me.
The benefit of an apprenticeship is that, because you’re studying alongside work, once you learn a new skill in your studies, it’s soon put into practice in your work; you very quickly see development in yourself and in your career.
I’ve found the process stretching but rewarding and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone looking for their next challenge!”