Here are some questions to ask yourself (and if the answers are no, maybe it’s time to switch accountancy training providers!)
Does your current accountancy training provider offer you dedicated personal support?
We fully understand that accountancy training programmes can be demanding, so it’s important to have the right levels of support on offer to you and your staff. A dedicated client partner who is available to support all your apprenticeship needs is a must!
At First Intuition, we offer just that! The client partner will help with all the administration of your apprenticeship programme. Tracking students’ progress, provision of timely student reports and helping with recruitment!
All learners on our apprenticeship programmes are also provided with a Skills Coach to monitor the learner’s progress and have access to unlimited tutor support throughout their studies. To ensure every learner and business gets the right support, tutors can be reached out-of-hours for the ultimate peace of mind.
Are the tutors qualified accountants?
It’s always important to check the qualifications of your tutors. It is, after all, them who will be training your staff. You want them to be qualified, knowledgeable and experienced, to help your team achieve excellent results.
First Intuition’s tutors are qualified chartered accountants and have at least a Level 3 teaching qualification. In fact, we’re all so passionate about teaching, all of our Directors still teach courses!
Do they provide additional skills?
I believe training courses should encourage interaction, giving learners added confidence and additional skills that they can transfer into the workplace.
At First Intuition, we provide an Impact Skills Programme (ISP) that is unique in the market. The aim is to enhance students’ performance by developing the correct set of skills and behaviours.
Our programme offers an opportunity to practise key business skills, such as excel skills, teamwork, communication, delegation and coaching, in a safe environment. We also have a learning platform packed with resources to support apprentices and develop their skills. Training apprentices for careers not just the job!
Are they well-reviewed?
If you are unsure whether your accountancy training provider is all they’ve cracked up to be, it’s worth checking their Ofsted ratings and other customer reviews.
First Intuition are really proud to provide award-winning training and have an Outstanding rating by Ofsted!
We also work hard to develop close relationships with our clients. Here’s what one of our clients, Rachel Harris, Director and Owner of Strivex recently said: “Regardless of the student, qualification or timing, First Intuition has always over delivered.”
Do they provide bespoke training programmes?
Often a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really work when it comes to learning, as everyone and every business is different. At the end of the day, we sell a service, and that service needs to solve the problems of the local market, which can be very unique problems.
We always work closely with employers to create bespoke programmes, which help solve these problems and meet learner and employer needs.
Do they offer virtual and in-person training?
Many businesses are now opting for a more flexible approach to learning and find virtual teaching really effective.
At First Intuition, we provide both online and classroom-based teaching. Our students still really value in-person learning, and the feedback we receive really highlights this. However, we also offer virtual classrooms, which give students the opportunity to watch the lectures live via Zoom and interact with the tutor and the class both verbally and via polls and quizzes. This study mode provides flexibility where attending in-centre isn’t possible, with the benefits of instant support and a structured timetable.
Are they providing you with tea and coffee?
OK, compared to some of the other points this may not be so high up the list. Actually, scrap that, who doesn’t appreciate a good brew!
The environment we create at First Intuition actually goes beyond that. As well as providing complimentary tea, filter coffee, fruit and snacks for students, we like to think we’ve created a relaxed, team atmosphere. There are no executive offices – everyone works together in dedicated spaces right next to our student breakout areas, so we’re always available. You’ll also find our centres have comfortable classrooms with ample space, dedicated free Wi-Fi and a student common room area. What more could you want?