9th February 2021
As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to two employees from our London office to find out about their apprenticeship experience and share recommendations to anyone considering taking this route into employment.
Evie Rumens joined the Office Management team in 2019, to provide administrative and office management support.
Samuel Highmoor joined the Internal Accounts team in 2020, where he is a trainee accountant.
Q: Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
ER: I was keen to start work rather than continuing in full time education, so I decided to undertake an apprenticeship. This has given me the opportunity to continue my education as well as gaining hands on practical knowledge and work experience.
SH: After being at University for two years, I wasn’t enjoying my course and didn’t see myself finishing it. I started an apprenticeship as this allowed me to carry on learning while entering the job market. This was good for me as I feel I am quite a practical person, all the things that I learn on my course will apply back to something I am working on.
Q: What kind of tasks have you completed / do you complete on a daily basis?
ER: I am currently planning a project for my apprenticeship, which is to improve a process that I am part of at Langham Hall. This will give me the opportunity to develop my understanding, whilst making a task that I work on regularly more efficient and less time consuming.
SH: I run timesheet and debtors reports to help senior management see how the business is running. I create the sales invoices for clients as well as allocate any cash that comes in. I also process the payment run for supplier and administrate our Practice management Software.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge during your apprenticeship so far?
ER: The biggest challenge for me is finding time to complete some of my apprenticeship work, as some days can be a lot busier than others. This is an important challenge to help me develop my time management skills and efficiently allocate priorities to my tasks. These will be valuable skills as I progress in my career.
SH: I joined Langham Hall one month prior to the first lockdown in 2020, which saw me face the challenge of moving all our processes and ways of working online. This involved creating new methods for tasks I had only just learnt how to do, and working with my team to make sure our work continues to be of the usual upmost quality.
Q: What do you hope to be doing in five years’ time?
ER: I am still unsure of what I want to be doing in five years’ time but having a business apprenticeship and the experience that I have gained will certainly be beneficial for me.
SH: In 5 years I hope that I am fully qualified as an accountant.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone who’s looking for an apprenticeship?
ER: I would highly recommend an apprenticeship, as you get both an education and work experience all in one, and will use everything you have learnt during the job without having to worry about a student loan!
SH: Apply to as many places as possible and don’t be afraid of being rejected. The right company and opportunity for you is out there. Find a team where you can learn and grow.
If you are interested in our apprenticeship opportunities, reach out to our HR team.