PHILIP SMITH, ACCOUNTS MANAGER, CLIENT ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT, BIDWELLS
Can you explain what appeals to you about taking on apprentices?
I like taking on apprentices because the candidates already have an interest in business and finance and have a willingness to learn. Often the GCSE’s and A Levels they have studied direct them down this path.
What do your apprentices add to your business?
I find that the apprentices on my team bring a keenness to learn to the business. Working with them gives me an opportunity, and a reason, to step back and ask why we do certain things in a certain way and to question if there is a better way.
How do you see your apprentices progress during their apprenticeship?
As the apprentices’ progress through their course, their knowledge increases and what they have learned can be translated into the work place. This means that the level of work they can be exposed to increases which is good for me as well as them.
How do you find the support that First Intuition provides?
From an employer’s point of view, I value the support that both myself and my apprentices receive from First Intuition. It is relevant, informative and timely. If there are any issues, these are addressed swiftly and I also like the fact that successful progress by my staff is highlighted just as quickly.
Are there any aspects of the service we deliver that you particularly value?
I appreciate the progress reports that I receive from First Intuition, which include tutors’ comments on my trainees’ attendance, understanding and progression. From the detail in the comments you really feel that the tutors have taken a keen interest in each individual student.
Do your students enjoy the time they spend on courses at First Intuition?
Yes, my team members do enjoy their study time with First Intuition. They have said, on numerous occasions, how well the study mirrors the work that they do in the office, and how professional and organised the classroom courses are.
Does this mean that we can ask you to recommend us to other employers?
Yes, I would recommend First Intuition to other employers, primarily because of the support received by not only my apprentices, but also by myself, in understanding my team’s progression. Ultimately the things I like the most about First Intuition are their professional but relaxed approach, the informative progress meetings and reports I get, and the enjoyment they bring to the courses studied by my apprentices.