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Job title: Accountant

Area of work: Children’s Social Care

After completing my A Levels I found the Devon County Council Apprenticeship Scheme was the perfect opportunity for me to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to develop a professional career.

Little did I know when I joined DCC Finance as a young 20-year-old apprentice in 2010 I would be where I am now!

The two-year apprenticeship program enabled me to gain qualifications in Business Admin Level 2 and 3.  I gained experience of the many different finance functions which allowed me to apply for different jobs further in my career.

After my apprenticeship, I secured permanent employment with the Charging for Care Services team. Shortly after this, I secured the post of Finance Assistant which enabled me to commence my AAT studies. The qualification helped me to develop new skills which enabled me to apply for the role of Finance Officer.

After completing my AAT, I started my CIPFA (Charter Institute of Public Finance) qualifications, which allowed me to successfully apply for the post of accountant.

Essentially in the space of 6 years I had gone from apprentice to accountant, earning a respectable salary, managing a small team, whilst becoming a very competent and experienced member of the Children Services Finance Team.

Life has changed a lot for me personally since entering Devon County Council; I am now married and a home owner and have just welcomed our first child into the world.

Ultimately, Finance was the career I chose to enable me to live the life I live, and I will never forget that it all started with the DCC Apprenticeship Scheme.

I would highly recommend the Apprenticeship program to anyone who has the drive to succeed. With the right attitude, work ethic and support mechanisms in place the apprenticeship scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to start your career in the best way possible!