Apprenticeships versus university

Moore East Midlands Accountancy Apprentices Natasha and Myles
Moore Apprentices Natasha and Myles

Not sure whether an apprenticeship is right for you? If you know where you want to get to, an apprenticeship programme can be the quickest and most effective way to get there.  Plus you get work experience, a full salary and avoid the university debt.

We asked two of our recent Moore East Midlands apprentices, Natasha Fenner and Myles Phillips about why they chose the apprentice route.

Why did you decide to go down the apprentice route?

NATASHA: I didn’t want to go to university as I didn’t want a big debt hanging over me.

MYLES: The combination of study and experience that the apprenticeship scheme provided was really appealing, and something I wouldn’t have had if I had gone to university to study accountancy.

What do you like about the apprenticeship scheme?

MYLES: You feel really valued and productive – you can see that you’re doing something that’s really making a difference.

NATASHA: Learning as an apprentice made me feel like an adult – going to work every day and earning my own money.  I’ve always loved the fact that I’m paying my own way. If I had gone to university I wouldn’t have been able to.

Why did you choose Moore?

NATASHA: I chose Moore because the provided me with so many opportunities. When I left school, I didn’t really know what career I wanted so I started a Business Administration apprentice at Moore. Within my first 12 months, Moore gave me the opportunity to assist in various departments alongside my secretarial role. After a couple of months, I knew my career was in the management accounts department. Five years later, I wouldn’t change my career choice.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying?

NATASHA: Apply! An apprenticeship is ideal for people who want to kick start their career. And the team at Moore don’t just leave you to get on with it, they are always there to provide support. An apprenticeship is certainly not easier than university but it is definitely rewarding.

MYLES: Apprenticeships seem to have a lot of negative connotations, as if they’re only for those who aren’t able to go to university but that’s just not true. Working at a firm like Moore, not only are you earning a wage, but you get a lot of experience in different areas and lots of opportunities to learn new things. It’s great.