Matt Nicholls gained part-time work experience with an accountancy firm while he was completing a Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course at Eastleigh College. It whet his appetite for accounting. He joined the firm as a Level 3 apprentice, and is now well on his way to completing a Level 4 qualification.
“I didn’t really know what job I wanted when I left school. I got mainly grades A and B in my GCSEs and wanted to stay fairly local to home so considered both Barton Peveril and Eastleigh College.
“I deciding on the course at Eastleigh as it kept my options open. I enjoy football as a hobby and would ultimately love a job on the commercial side of the football industry.
“I did some part-time work at Arlington Accountants while I was studying and so approached them to consider taking me on as a Level 3 apprentice, which they were happy to do. It’s a good way for employers to take on new staff who don’t cost as much as a regular employee, and can train very much in line with the business’s culture.
“As well as getting paid, an apprenticeship gives you such a good grounding in the industry. The qualification is made up of several core and optional units. My employer influenced the units I did as my current job focuses on tax – both business and personal – but there is a lot of flexibility.