Accounting apprenticeship – first step to a great career for Stephanie

Sometimes parents do know what’s best for you, even if you don’t like to admit it as a teenager. Stephanie Lloyd, 23, from Wolverhampton owes her mum and dad a heap of gratitude for starting her on the ladder to an impressive career in accounting.

Not only did they advise her on the course to take at college, they also steered her towards an apprenticeship after spotting details of the Ladder for the Black Country apprenticeship scheme in the Express and Star.

Stephanie became the first apprentice to be taken on under the innovative scheme, landing a treasury role with food and drink wholesaler, A.F. Blakemore.

“I relied very heavily on the advice of my parents,” said Stephanie.  “They thought a business qualification would give me a good starting point for a career, so I completed a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Business at Wolverhampton College. I found I really connected with the accountancy module on the course and decided this was the direction I wanted to take my career, but employers wanted experienced applicants for any accountancy-based roles and I lacked any hands-on knowledge.”

Stephanie’s dad found details of the apprenticeship scheme and encouraged her to call.  Following an initial interview with Performance through People, Stephanie was offered an interview the very next day with A.F. Blakemore and started work the following Monday.

She now works as a Management Accounts Assistant and spends half a day each week at PTP’s Wolverhampton training centre to complete a Level 4 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

“I really do have my parents to thank for setting me on this course,” continued Stephanie. “I think they were a little surprised when I said I wanted to pursue accounting as a career, as I can be a bit disorganised at home, but I love the responsibility of my role. The apprenticeship route has definitely worked for me.  I haven’t failed an exam yet – and that says a lot for the training received through PTP. I would ideally like to continue my training to CIMA level, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  It means a few more years of study, but with the backing of A.F. Blakemore and PTP I know it is achievable.”

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