When looking to build her skills, Emma knew that getting into work straight away through an apprenticeship was the best way for her to grow her accountancy career – and since completing her apprenticeship has continued to progress.
Starting in 2011 at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) where she still works today, Emma has a clear plan for developing her career from the very start:
“I knew I didn’t want to go to university, but I did want to further my education. Apprenticeships seemed like a no-brainer, as I would be learning and earning without getting into any student loan debt, while increasing my work experience.”
During the apprenticeship, Emma was part of the Training 2000 team that won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Skills Show Accounting Technician competition, and was shortlisted for the GTA Apprentice of the Year awards 2014.
Emma is keen to recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone thinking about a career in finance:
“There are hundreds of different courses provided through the apprenticeship route, so almost all professions can be entered this way.
“It makes sense to attend a course that is already paid for, earning money and gaining valuable on-the-job experience.”
Since finishing her apprenticeship, Emma went on to study Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and earlier in 2017 passed the final exam.
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