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Hear from Amelia who joined us in summer 2022 as a school leaver accounts apprentice.

Amelia: A level school leaver apprentice
Studied: Business Studies, PE and Media Studies A Levels
Studying: AAT level 4

It wasn’t until a friend mentioned accounting to me that I realised it was something I was interested in. University was an option for me, but I wanted to find an apprenticeship and experience a real-life work setting whilst learning and earning qualifications at the same time.

A friend told me about McBrides and after looking into their website and learning more about the firm, I realised it would be a good fit for me.

I’ve recently completed my AAT Level 3 qualification and move onto AAT Level 4 studying in autumn and then I plan to take a degree level qualification through the ACCA.

Many of my colleagues are similar ages, making me feel more welcome as we all have similar interests – it’s the best thing about working here! We’re all completing similar courses on our apprenticeship, which helps you feel confident and able to ask questions if you are ever stuck with work or studying as everyone has been in the same boat.

I really enjoy the balance between being local four days a week and travelling up to London once a week for college as it gives the best of both worlds. My time in the office makes college a lot easier as I’m seeing real life examples and learning new skills every day. It is so much easier to understand college due to carrying out the tasks at work, rather than ‘just learning’.

I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to be a school leaver accounts apprentice to apply for the role as it is the best way to receive a qualification, gain valuable work experience and earn at the same time.

McBrides is friendly – everyone is happy to help and always checking in on you, which makes for a lovely, safe working environment that I feel comfortable in.

McBrides Chartered Accountants LLP