In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked our trainees how they were doing almost one year after switching over to apprenticeship training programmes.
Dan Sibal has been with Ecovis Wingrave Yeats since early 2018. Having started training and then switching over to the apprentice programme a few months in, we catch up with Dan to see why he chose an apprenticeship and how he has benefitted from it:
“Working as a trainee accountant and studying towards the ACA has been a challenging and rewarding experience which has taught me a lot over the last 15 months. I was already committed to studying towards the ACA qualification but when my Firm started offering the apprenticeship scheme, I did my research and discovered that there were a lot of benefits that came with being an apprentice.
The apprenticeship focuses on strengthening the soft skills that are sometimes overlooked, such as management, leadership, problem solving and analysis, to name a few. It does so in a fun and engaging way, via its apprenticeship skills days which are great excuse to get out of the office and learn new skills and then trying to implement them back in the work place.
The other great aspect of the apprenticeship is the additional support you receive during your training contract from your apprenticeship skills coach, who is there to help with all aspects of the apprenticeship and general wellbeing. It also allows you to get advice from other colleagues who are going through the same programme as you, and there is a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie when there are many of you working through the same qualification programme.
The main challenge of the apprenticeship is making sure that you can manage the responsibilities of your day to day job as well as studying towards your qualification. It’s definitely not easy but finding the right balance between the two is key.”
Ecovis Wingrave Yeats began implementing the apprenticeship programme in Spring 2018 and now exclusively offers apprenticeship training programmes to staff.
Managing Partner Gerry Collins comments that "The Apprenticeship programme is a vital first block in our people development strategy for the firm. Our staff are our most important resource and developing them is vital for the future development and growth of the practice."