As part of the #LookBeyond theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2020 we have been visiting past and present SWAC apprentices to get their views on how they feel about their apprenticeship and how they feel the whole experience as been for them from recruitment right through to progressing on to the next stages of their career. We visited Oliver who is studying towards his AAT qualification withing the finance team at City of Bristol College.
Oliver found the application and interview process really easy. “I initially applied through Indeed and was contacted by Alice at SWAC to do an initial telephone interview and was then invited to a face to face interview with her. Following on from this, i was then invited for an interview with Tim and Jordan who are the finance managers at City of Bristol College. I was called a just a couple of days later to say that I had got the job! The whole recruitment process was quick and I found it really beneficial to have an meeting with Alice prior to my final interview so that I could get the opportunity to understand the role.”
Oliver explained his current responsibilities within his role, how his work placement is going and the positives that he has got out of it so far “I work within Accounts Payable with responsibilities including paying invoices, paying suppliers, credit card transactions and recharges.
I feel that since starting my apprenticeship, I have massively developed my communication skills, confidence and feel happier that I can sort something myself! This has also had an impact on my personal life as, in my spare time, I am a football referee and feel that I have been able to transfer the confidence gained due to my apprenticeship, to this role as well.”
Oliver is keen to promote SWAC and apprenticeships to others “As a SWAC apprentice, I get extra support from my Learner Account Manager, Shelley, so I know that if I ever need to talk or need something clarified, I can go to her and whatever the situation, she will help!
If you don’t feel that the classroom environment suits your skills or way of working, I would definitely say to go for an apprenticeship! I was keen to still further my education and qualifications but my apprenticeship provided the chance to actually do the job alongside.”
Oliver explained what he is hoping for in the future “I am hoping to progress further into my finance career and would like to continue gaining relevant qualifications and work my way up to Level 4. I feel more confident within my role to be able to continue progressing and am looking forward to the future!”
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