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Sophie Elliott – Accounting Apprentice

Sophie is an accounting apprentice at Asset Bookkeeping.

How has the apprenticeship impacted on you?

The apprenticeship with Asset Bookkeeping has had a massive impact on my life. Not only has it completely changed my daily routine, but it has also taught me a lot already in the 6 months I have been here. My organisation, time management and practicality have all improved a huge amount. The studying aspect of the apprenticeship has also impacted my life as I must manage my time up to the exams to make sure I am fully prepared, and I must meet the deadlines for my portfolio and ensure this is completed to a high standard.

How will the apprenticeship training continue to impact on you in the future?

The apprenticeship will continue to impact me in the future because I will be given more opportunities as I become more qualified and comfortable with the job. I will also gain an accounting qualification by next year and this will impact my future as I will have the qualification for life.

How has the apprenticeship impacted on your organisation?

I think the apprenticeship has impacted Asset Bookkeeping in a positive way as I am constantly being taught new tasks and jobs to do to improve my work. This means that more tasks will be completed overall, leading to a more organised and productive organisation.

How has Damar’s approach to training contributed to the impact of the apprenticeship on you and your organisation?

The training has been great from Damar. At the beginning I did struggle with understanding the approach to the learning and the different websites and training materials provided, but once this was all explained to me in a few online meetings with my coach, I soon managed to become familiar with the systems and learnt my way around it quite fast. I would say the support from my coaches and tutors is what has made the biggest impact on my learning as they are approachable, knowledgeable, and informative when asking for any help and arranging catch ups.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

Since starting my last year of business studies in college, I knew an apprenticeship was the route I wanted to go down. This is because of the opportunities an apprenticeship can give, and the convenience of working full time in the same sector as what you are studying and working towards a qualification in.

What activities do you do in your day-to-day role?

In my day-to-day role I complete many tasks, including bank reconciliations, payroll, CIS returns, VAT returns, and self-assessments. There are many more tasks that I will be taking on soon once my knowledge has improved, such as completing year end accounts for limited companies. I also complete other tasks around the office such as updating the to-do boards and organising paperwork so that our workspace stays tidy.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy every aspect of my job thoroughly. However, I would probably say that self-assessments and solving problems with the accounts is what I enjoy the most. I find it very rewarding when Jan sets me tasks that are more challenging, and when I can solve them without any assistance.