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My role as an apprentice at Moore East Midlands

Chloe Hickman

As part of the firm’s activities for National Apprenticeship Week 2017, I’ve been asked to talk about my role as an apprentice at the Moore office in Corby.

I joined Moore in 2014 as a trainee accountant. I really enjoyed maths at school and wanted a role that involved dealing with numbers. 

I’m doing an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) apprenticeship which takes around three years to complete.  Once that’s finished I’m planning to do an ACCA qualification which is a further four years of on the job training and exams before I’m a fully a qualified Chartered Accountant.  It’s hard work and a big commitment, but it’s definitely worth it.

I was recently nominated by training provider Starting Off for AAT Apprentice of the Year – something which hasn’t really sunk in yet.  It was a real surprise, I was completely shocked but it’s a great honour to have been nominated.

My role at Moore is really varied; I do a bit of everything, from accounts preparation and audit jobs to bookkeeping and payroll work as well. There’s definitely no time to get bored, and getting such a wide range of experience is great as it gives me a good grounding in different areas of the business.

Apprentices at Moore are given a lot of responsibility.  When preparing accounts, a client will bring in a set of books and records and I transform them into a set of accounts to be submitted for tax and VAT returns.  When I’m working on an audit, it involves going out to clients’ premises and working closely with them to review their internal processes and check that everything is correct.  I also have to help the payroll department to ensure payrolls are processed correctly as well as helping with admin work, archiving and filing.

It’s great to feel so trusted.  I’m given the freedom to give it a go and if I make a mistake the supervisors and partners let me know what I need to do to improve.  I really enjoy working for Moore – every day is different and there’s never been a day where I’ve thought ‘I don’t want to go to work today!’