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Case Study

Sadia Ali - Accountancy Apprentice

Sadia Ali was an Accounting Apprentice at City of Bristol College, one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK. Sadia worked within the finance department of the City of Bristol College and has just completed a level 4 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Apprenticeship. Sadia’s role included processing month-end journals, prepayments and maintaining centralised processing systems. As well as sales ledger, purchase ledger, weekly and monthly payroll and credit control.

Sadia chose to look for an Accountancy Apprenticeship instead of other routes e.g. straight to work, university or college. “I chose to go for an Apprenticeship, as you not only gain a qualification but also gain valuable experience. Anything you learn during the course, you can put into practise in the workplace and vice versa. I chose AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) as I did well in maths at school, and it is a well-known qualification.”

Sadia has benefited from her Apprenticeship and is really pleased with her achievements and progression so far. “I have benefited from the Apprenticeship as it has helped me gain a wide variety of skills, such as time management and prioritising my work load. Studying and working at the same time has helped my organisational skills, and during the time I have been working, my customer service skills have also improved. The qualification helped me to understand each different section within finance. I could use any knowledge I was learning during the course, to help me while I was working and also to help me in my exams.”

Sadia has completed the AAT Level 3 & 4 Apprenticeship and has further aspirations in the accountancy sector.“I progressed from AAT Level 3 to AAT Level 4, and I have now progressed to a Trainee Accountant Role and studying the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification. I plan on finishing my CIMA qualification and becoming a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant.”

Sadia would encourage anyone to do an Apprenticeship. "The Apprenticeship has given me lots of motivation for the future; it has provided me with a recognised qualification and invaluable work experience. Due to the responsibility that has been given to me, I know I can fulfil my personal ambition and complete my CIMA qualification and will have prepared me for a senior management accounting role in the future.

I have proven the Apprenticeship rather than College/University gains you work experience, qualifications with a job at the end; understanding businesses processes used and putting them into practice."

Since completing her Apprenticeship, Sadia is now working full time at the City of Bristol College as a Trainee Accountant and she now manages her own apprentice.

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