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An Apprentice's point of view during National Apprenticeship Week 4 - 8 March

Apprenticeships are not just for those beginning their career, they can also be a great opportunity for those looking to progress in their career or take a different direction.

Abby Lacey, Office Manager for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, is 10 months into her 15-month AAT Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 3). It consists of five different courses for which Abby attends Kaplan’s classroom in Reading. It consists of exams at the end of each course and completion of a portfolio and various functional skills, for example, data protection, time management, data analysis and written communication skills, which are completed through an online portal.

“I work part time as the Office Manager for the LEP and study or attend college one day a week. It’s the perfect balance in learning a new skill, which I thrive on. I work closely and support every member of the LEP team, but I am now able to bring much more knowledge and confidence into my day job.

“I will go from managing the office to being able to support the CEO and accountant in more depth. I’m very excited about this. You don’t have to be a school leaver or graduate to be an apprentice. You’re never too old – it’s been a great way to learn as well as meet people!”

The Berkshire Apprenticeship Service has been set up to offer Berkshire-based businesses information on apprenticeship programmes and the latest funding, and to help find the right apprenticeship programme and training provider.


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