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Accounting learner succeeds as firm's first ever apprentice

An apprentice has been praised for her strong impact during her accounting studies at Eastleigh College.

Ashleigh Earle joined the College in September 2021 on an apprenticeship with Clear Vision Financial Management. Despite having held a lifelong interest in the profession, she hadn’t always been sure of which pathway she should take into the industry. The apprenticeship structure of four days a week in the workplace and one day a week studying at Eastleigh College proved to be a valuable split and has helped her make significant progress in her first year.

Ashleigh Earle said: “I was always interested in working in the accounting profession and the opportunity to study as an apprentice was perfect. I am pleased to have gained my AAT Level 2 qualification whilst gaining valuable on the job experience at Clear Vision Financial Management.”

Bookkeeping, principles of costing and the business environment were just some of the topics Ashleigh studied during her Level 2 Accounting AAT course at Eastleigh. This was complemented by workplace experience tasks at Clear Vision in the form of data entry, preparing VAT returns, monthly payrolls and training on Xero.

Sean Daniel, Managing Director at Clear Vision Financial Management, said: “Ashleigh is the first apprentice we have recruited and we have been delighted with how well she has settled into the business. She has gained lots of accounting knowledge through both her course and her work with us”.

Jacqueline Beavis, Head of Delivery for HE, Business and Logistics at Eastleigh College, said: “It’s great to see the impact Ashleigh has had in her new firm and all the progress she has made in only a year of studying with us. We look forward to seeing her flourish further as she continues her studies with us.”

Ashleigh is already looking ahead to the future, with goals to continue studying accounting at Levels 3 and 4 at Eastleigh College, which her employers are keen to support. “I would love to eventually achieve the ACCA qualification and I am looking forward to progressing in the business,” concluded Ashleigh.

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