Elliot Ramsey is currently studying his Level 4 AAT apprenticeship after achieving a Distinction in the level 2 and 3 courses.
Apprenticeships are not often considered the traditional route to succeeding in the finance industry but Elliot is showcasing how vocational learning has helped him to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of the sector to thrive in his chosen career.
He chose an apprenticeship so he could see how a business operates first-hand rather than learning from a textbook. The practical training has helped Elliot to apply his skills in practice and as a result, he is more confident in his client-facing role in the working environment.
Elliot is employed by Trafficlear Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of vehicle electrical control systems and hazard warning lighting. As an employer, the company has been flexible and allowed enough time for Elliot to complete his studies and supported him with funding for workbooks and revision materials. He spends one day a week training at college and performs his role at the company for the rest of the working week.
The dedicated training assessors at college also hold regular meetings with apprentices to update on progress, discuss any issues and deliver portfolio workshops. The college tutors also provide high-level support by responding to emails promptly and constantly working to improve the development of apprentices by understanding each student’s learning habits.
The accountancy apprentice is ambitious and has set his sights on a career as a financial director. After completing his level 4 apprenticeship, Elliot is hoping to complete two years at university to get a degree in accountancy and become an expert in his field.
When asked what he enjoys most about his apprenticeship, Elliot said:
“I enjoy the constant training that I receive and then putting what I have learnt into practice, so I never feel like I am stagnating in my job role. As I complete each module of the course I can do more as part of my job role at work. I get to take on more responsibility which I personally feel is very rewarding.”
Gillian Clarke, Trainer Assessor at Kirklees College, said:
“Elliot is a highly motivated apprentice who is full of enthusiasm and has remained committed to his studies throughout his apprenticeship. His superb work-based portfolio shows that he is worthy of being an AAT Professional where he demonstrated the various skills and knowledge he obtained from the classes and portfolio workshops at college.
His employer has been fantastic and supported Elliot throughout all levels of his apprenticeship. I am sure that Elliot will be successful in his studies and beyond.”
For more information about apprenticeships at Kirklees College, visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships/national-apprenticeship-week/.