On National Apprenticeship Week we wanted to take a moment to recognise our apprentice here at Southmead Hospital Charity, Joe.

Joe joined our Trust from school after his A levels, and is working with our finance team as he trains to become an accountant.  It will take him 2 years to complete, and in that time as well as his qualifications he will have gained valuable work experience and an insight into the charity sector.  In addition to the more traditional office duties, Joe has  also taken part in photo shoots, cake sales, and is rumoured to be doing a skydive for us.  All very valuable fundraising experience for a future charity accountant.

But having an apprentice is definitely a two way experience for us.  Whilst we hope Joe gains business understanding  to enhance his days at college, we gain from him his youth and different outlook on life.  He already makes valuable contributions to team discussions, and we value his fresh approach and positive take on things.  He’s even our unofficial advisor on modern technology.

We feel happy that we’re helping to develop a skilled charity professional for the future.  But we’ll let Joe have the final word:

“I’ve chosen to do an apprenticeship as an alternative to studying for a financial degree. I’m currently studying for a level 4 higher apprenticeship in accountancy through the Association of Accounting Technicians. This will eventually give me some exemptions to my professional exams. I enjoy the variety of work in the Charity, and the individuals in the team have a wide range of skills which I can learn from. Although working and studying at the same time can be difficult I do find it beneficial as I can often put into practice in the Charity what I learn in college.  My apprenticeship puts me in a strong position when I complete it – I can go on to do my professional exams or continue to study elsewhere. The two years of work experience will definitely help me to progress in my career no matter where I go.”